Article written by: AlbertCostill
Posted on: July 2, 2012
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The 2012 BET Awards kicked off with a rousing performance from Kanye West. Along with his G.O.O.D music partners, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz, they performed the hit “Mercy” and then went into Kanye’s declaration of love to Kim Kardashian with “Way Too Cold.” Before he was done with his performance, Kanye did a little freestyle and name-dropped Rodney King and Whitney Houston. West then dropped the mic and exited the stage.
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Following West’s performance, the show’s host, Samuel L. Jackson, did a performance of his own. Jackson, along with special guest Spike Lee, did a comedic take of “… in Paris,” which was entitled “Negroes in Paris.”
From there the nearly four-hour show was filled vulgarity, censorship, emotional tributes, and the anticipated performances.
Rick Ross, along with his Maybach Music Group, made censors work hard for the money during his performance, but Ross wasn’t alone in giving the censors fits. Nicki Minaj did the same during her performances of “Champion” and “Beez In the Trap” and during her speech following her third consecutive win for best female hip-hop artist.
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Besides lots of bleeps, the show also contained numerous tributes to deceased greats. This included Chante Moore performing a medley of Donna Summer hits and Valerie Simpson singing in honor of her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. Don Cornelius, Dick Clark, and Hal Jackson were also remembered.
But no one was remembered more than Whitney Houston. The tribute began with Mariah Carey sharing memories of her late friend. The tribute then featured performances by Monica, Brandy, Houston’s brother, Gary, and Chaka Khan, who heated the stage up with “I’m Every Woman,” a Whitney Houston classic cover.
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Houston’s mother, Cissy, clearly created the most emotional moment and the highlight of the show with her powerful rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
The 2012 BET Awards also featured performances by Usher, Chris Brown (the first since his brawl with Drake), and D’Angelo.
Here is a full list of winners from the show:
Best Group — The Throne (Kanye West Jay-Z)
Best Actor — Kevin Hart
Best Actress — Viola Davis
Best Movie – The Help
Best New Artist – Big Sean
Best Male RB Artist — Chris Brown
Best Collaboration — Wale ft. Miguel
Best Gospel — Yolanda Adams
Best Female RB Artist — Beyonce
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist — Nicki Minaj
Lifetime Achievement Award — Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Video of the Year — “Otis” by Kanye West Jay-Z
BET Humanitarian Award — Rev. Al Sharpton
Viewers’ Choice Award –Mindless Behavior
Video Director of the Year — Beyonce Alan Ferguson
Fandemonium Award — Chris Brown
Youngstars Award – Diggy
Subway Sportswoman of the Year – Serena Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year – Kevin Durant
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