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BET Awards 2012: Recap, Photos and Winners. Did Your Favorites Win?

Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyonce dominate the categories, D' Angelo makes a comeback and a very touching Whitney Houston tribute.

This year's BET Awards kicked off with G.O.O.D Music; Big Sean and 2 Chainz rapping to "Lamborghini Murci." 

Kanye West made a surprise appearance at the end singing "Theraflu" which name dropped his boo. He then killed a long freestyle after the music went off, dropped the mic and left the stage.

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"Negroes in Paris" flashed across the screen as host Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee came out, both busting out their own versus as a spoof to Jay-Z and Kanye's "Ni**as in Paris." 

Samuel and Spike used "I Get Paid" as their hook and came out as the new Jay and Kanye to get the crowd hyped. 

After the performances, they presented "Best Group" with The Throne winning. 

Jay came out on stage behind Kanye and surprised him while he was accepting the award. He explained later on that he got caught up in L.A. traffic and missed Kanye's performance.

Kanye and Jay-Z BETDuring their 'thank you' speech, Kanye shouted out Maybach music and Young Money for giving them good competition for the fans. 

Both Beyonce and Kim Kardashian were front and center in the audience right next to their men. The camera loved showing them throughout the show as Beyonce was shown numerous times bouncing her head to some of the performances. 

Beyonce won 'Best Female R&B Artist' and 'Video Director of the Year' for her video "Party."

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Singer Beyonce accepts the award for Best Female R&B Artist onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
One thing about these awards shows that annoy me and I'm sure you too, is when the censor has to go in overtime to beep out the curse words. This happened mostly during all the rap performances and some were missed which made the show a bad censored one.

The night also featured tributes to the recently deceased great ones.

AJ, Free, Rocsi, Terrance, Tigga and Donny Simpson paid tribute and saluted Hal Jackson, Dick Clark and Don Cornelious, the men who paved the way for many entertainers. 

Chante Moore performed a medley of hits from the late great Donna Summer and Valerie Simpson sung "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" a tribute to her husband Nick Ashford.

Usher's voice and vocal range was on point as he beautifully sang "Climax" during his performance. 

Nicki Minaj performed next and rocked it out and bounced her booty to "Champion" and then "Beez in the Trap" and 2 Chainz came out again to rap his verse. The crowd was feeling the performance and Beyonce was bouncing her head to the beat.

Nicki Minaj

Wale and Miguel beat out all the heavy hitters in the "Best Collaboration" category for their song "Lotus Flower Bomb."

Melanie Fiona performed "Wrong Side of a Love Song" off her new album The MF Life and killed it!

Yolanda Adams, of course, won the 'Best Gospel' category and had a message to everyone in the audience ... "please use your gift responsibly because our babies are watching." Message! 

D'Angelo made his comeback and returned to the stage! The soul singer brought the funk and started off singing his sexy hit from 2000 "How Does it Feel?"

He had a little James Brown in him. This was D'Angelo's first televised performance in 12 years.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly received the 'Cadillac Lifetime Achievement' award and Joe, Tyrese and Faith Evans sung and paid tribute to them. 

Then, Frankie Beverly took the stage to perform his hit song "Before I Let You Go" after his acceptance speech. 

This was his first televised performance ever! Even though his voice is not the same as it was when this song was first released in the seventies, Frankie Beverly had the crowd on their feet singing along.

Other performances of the night included The Maybach Music Group, Cash Out and Tyga. Mindless Behavior won the "Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award" which is their first BET award. 

Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx - who wore a Trayvon Martin shirt in tribute - presented the 'Video of the Year' which included two videos from Beyonce, two from Jay-Z and Kanye and one from Usher. 

Jaime looked at Beyonce and Jay-Z in the front row and jokingly said, "Oh it's gonna be an argument in the crib, whose the hottest in the house." 

Jay-Z won the battle and as his name was announced, Beyonce and Jay playfully put their fists up at one another. But either way you look at it, they are both taking the award home.

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Chris Brown took the stage with a lot of effects, strobe lights, ballerina dancers and a half painted chest as he performed his hits "Don't Wake Me Up" and "Turn Up the Music."

Chris Brown BET

Deberah Lee presented civil rights leader Reverand Al Sharpton with this years 'Huminatarian Award.' 

"Reverand Sharpton makes the world confront issues that many would like to ignore... he leads the charge and takes the heat," she said.

According to Deberah Lee, President Obama once called Al Sharpton 'a voice for the voiceless.' 

Last but not least, an emotional Whitney Houston tribute filled the end of the show with performances by Brandy, Monica, Chaka Khan and Gary and Cissy Houston. Mariah Carey and Whitney's Waiting to Exhale co-stars came out and said a few words about the late great diva.

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What did you think of this year's award show?

Winner's List
***Winners are listed in bold

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
Diddy-Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration
Beyonce f/ J. Cole - "Party"
Big Sean f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash "Marvin & Chardonnay"
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne - "I'm On One"
Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga - "The Motto"
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding - "Otis"
Wale f/ Miguel - "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Big Sean
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Video of the Year
Beyonce - "Countdown"
Beyonce - "Love On Top"
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) - "[Expletive] in Paris"
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding - "Otis"
Usher - "Climax"

Video Director of the Year
Beyonce & Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Diggy Future
Meek Mill

Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

Young Stars Award
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

Best Movie
"Good Deeds"
"Jumping The Broom"
"Laugh At My Pain"
"Red Tails"
"The Help"

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
LeBron James

Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award
Beyonce - "Love On Top"
Chris Brown - "Turn Up the Music"
Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga - "The Motto"
Mindless Behavior - "Hello"
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding - "Otis"
Wale f/ Miguel - "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Centric Award
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke