Last night, the stars of R&B, Hip Hop and black entertainment turned it out for the 2011 BET Awards. What’s great about this awards show is that it doesn’t just celebrate great musical talent but actors and movies as well. In an evening hosted by Kevin Hart the performances were plenty and impressed everyone in the Shrine Auditorium.
Mary J. Blige opened the show with an incredible performance medley including her hit Real Love and a duet with Anita Baker. She closed her performance with the debut of her new single with DJ Khaled titled It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over. Other show stopping performances came from artists like Jill Scott, Kelly Rowland and probably jet lagged Beyoncé who came straight from her recent appearance at Glastonbury. Among the plethora of performances, the show did manage to hand out a few awards but still managed to head over the three hour time slot. I blame the long but amazing tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Patti LaBelle.
If you missed the show, make sure you check out the complete list of winners below. In an interesting turn of events, Chris Brown and Rihanna brought home matching awards with both of them gaining top honors in the best R&B category.
Best Female R&B Artist:
Best Male R&B Artist:
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:
Chris Brown, “Look At Me Now,” feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes
Best New Artist:
Diddy Dirty Money
Young Stars Award:
Jaden Smith and Willow Smith (Tie)
Taraji P. Henson
“For Colored Girls”
Sportsman of the Year:
Sportswoman of the Year:
Best International Act, UK:
Best International Act, Africa:
2Face Idibia and D’Banj (Tie)
Best Video Director of the Year:
Chris Brown, “Look At Me Now”