In between searing performances from Drake, Jill Scott and Rick Ross — just to name a few — some accolades were actually handed out at the BET Awards, held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (June 26).
Chris Brown — who opened the show with a Michael Jackson-tinged performance just a day after the second anniversary of Jackson’s death — walked away with the best Male R&B Artist award. In an interesting twist of fate — Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Rihanna — won the Female R&B Artist award.
Brown — who is should be noted wears funny pants (see above) — also picked up an award for his collaboration with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes on “Look at Me Now.”
In what will come as a surprise to no one, Jaden and Willow Smith tied for the Young Stars Award. And, in somewhat more surprising news, erstwhile dog-fighting NFL player Michael Vick picked up the Sportsman of the Year award.
A full list of winners is below:
Female R&B artist: Rihanna
Male R&B artist: Chris Brown
Female hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
Male hip-hop artist: Kanye West
Collaboration: Chris Brown, “Look At Me Now,” feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes
New artist: Wiz Khalifa
Group: Diddy Dirty Money
Young Stars award: (tie) Jaden Smith and Willow Smith
Gospel: Mary Mary
Centric award: Marsha Ambrosius
Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Actor: Idris Elba
Movie: “For Colored Girls”
Sportsman of the year: Michael Vick
Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams
International act, UK: Tinie Tempah
International act, Africa: (tie) 2Face Idibia and D’Banj
Video director of the year: Chris Robinson
Viewers’ choice: Chris Brown, “Look At Me Now”