- Published on Monday, July 02 2012
- Written by Raffy Ermac
Sunday night marked the 12th year in a row in which the BET Awards were held to honor the biggest and brightest in all of the entertainment industry.
Samuel L. Jackson hosted the illustrious, star-packed evening in which many big names in music, film, and television all gathered in Los Angeles’s Shrine Auditorium to commemorate a whirlwind and extraordinary year.
Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and Kanye West all kick-started the night with their hip-hop mega hit “Mercy"; Kanye ended the set with a jaw-droppingly awesome freeestyle, before winning the first award of the night with Jay-Z for the year’s Best Group (for the dual effort Watch the Throne).
Another huge name representing the music biz at the awards ceremony was Jay-Z’s wife, pop queen Beyoncé, who, after she jokingly dueled off with her husband for Video of the Year, took home the award for Best Female R&B Artist, beating out Rihanna.
And speaking of pop, one of this year’s hugest acts, Nicki Minaj, performed a stellar and, quite frankly, kick-butt rendition of her rap hit “Beez In The Trap”. The whole crowed was pumped as she accepted the award for Best Female Rapper (as if there was any real doubt she would win it anyways).
Samuel Jackson also poked fun of his fellow actor and funny man Kevin Hart (who later won the Best Actor award) in a skit called “The Real Husbands of Hollywood”. Jackson also took to the stage to perform a Jay-Z/Kanye cover with -- who would’ve even guessed it -- film director Spike Lee!
Veteran R&B singer D’Angelo performed a medley of some of his hits, which was the first time the singer took to the stage in over 12 years.
But the best performances of the night included a touching and heartfelt musical tribute to industry icon and music legend Whitney Houston. The tribute included a tear-inducing monologue from fellow diva and former colleague Mariah Carey, and then renditions of some of Houston’s biggest hits by singers Monica, Brandy, Chaka Khan, and Houston’s own mother, Cissy Houston.
The show was then closed with performances from the new generation of entertainers, including popular singer Chris Brown and rappers Tyga, Rick Ross, and Wale.
All in all, it was an entertaining night of what makes the entertainment industry great. What were some of your favorite parts from Sunday night’s ceremony?
- Raffy Ermac, YH Staff