The 2012 BET Awards were held on Sunday night, and the list of winners touched on everything from rap to R&B to comedy. The show recognizes the best in all black entertainment, and the focus of the show extending beyond just music makes it one of the more thrilling experiences of the awards-show circuit — and this is in a world where the vast majority of these such shows end up being a cure for insomnia. Samuel L. Jackson was the host for the festivities, and that immediately means to us a good time — even if it does keep the censors a little busy.
Check back throughout the night, as this list is set to be updated with more of the show’s big winners across all categories.
Centric Award – Common
Best Group – The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West)
Best Actor – Kevin Hart, “Think Like a Man”
Best New Artist – Big Sean
Best Male R&B Artist – Chris Brown
Best Collaboration – Wale featuring Miguel, “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Best Gospel – Yolanda Adams
Best Female R&B Artist – Beyonce
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj
Lifetime Achievement Award – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Video of the Year – The Throne featuring Otis Reddding, “Otis”
Humanitarian Award – Rev. Al Sharpton
In the video below (which is online via Neon Limelight), you can check out Kanye West’s opening number from the show — in which he performs his song “Way Too Cold” (previously known as “Theraflu”), which includes a reference to his new girlfriend Kim Kardashian. The song hit the internet mere days after the two parties were confirmed to be in a relationship, and it marks Kanye’s first major solo TV performance since before the launch of his “Watch the Throne” album last year.
What do you think about the winners for the so far? Be sure to refresh this article for more updates as soon as they happen from the show.