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BET Award winners: Hip hop hooray!

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Kanye, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj win big

Yesterday, Samuel L. Jackson took the stage to host the 2012 BET Awards. The Oscar-nominated actor emceed the celebration of music and film with some of the most popular entertainers in the business. SheKnows has the winners and highlights from this year's star-studded show.

Sunday evening, the stars hit the red carpet at the 2012 BET Awards. The ceremony attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Nicki Minaj, and the foursome of Beyonce and Jay-Z alongside Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

This year's event featured a comeback performance from veteran R&B crooner D'Angelo, who made his first TV appearance in 12 years.

He returned to the spotlight with a reprise of his 2000 hit "Untitled (How Does it Feel)" followed by his new single, "Sugar Daddy."

Other memorable moments included the emotional Whitney Houston tribute that brought out Monica, Brandy, Chaka Khan and the late singer's mother and brother Cissy and Gary Houston.

On a lighter note, the evening's funniest moment came courtesy of Jay-Z, who pulled a "Kanye" on Kanye West. When the duo accepted the award for Video of the Year, West began to speak, and Jay-Z quickly interjected, "Excuse me Kanye, I'm gonna let you continue, but..."

It was a hilarious nod to West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. It was a joke that everyone in the audience responded to with thunderous laughter.

Here's the full list of winners:

  • Best Female R&B Artist
: Beyonce
  • Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
  • Best Group: 
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West)
  • Best Collaboration
Wale f/ Miguel — "Lotus Flower Bomb"
  • Best Male Hip Hop Artist
  • Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
  • Video of the Year
: “Otis,” The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z)
  • Video Director of the Year

: Beyonce and Alan Ferguson

  • Best New Artist

: Big Sean
  • Best Gospel

: Yolanda Adams
  • Best Actress

: Viola Davis
  • Best Actor
Kevin Hart
  • Young Stars Award

  • Best Movie
The Help
  • Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams
  • Subway Sportsman of the Year
Kevin Durant
  • Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award
Mindless Behavior — "Hello"
  • Centric Award
  • Best International Act

: Sarkodie (Ghana)
  • Best International Act UK
Wretch 32
  • Lifetime Achievement
Frankie Beverly featuring Maze
  • Humanitarian Award

: Rev. Al Sharpton

Photo credit: B. Dowling/WENN
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