A slew of today’s biggest names in music and television made an appearance at the BET Awards 2012! Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, this year’s award show kicked off on a great note with an opening performance of “Mercy” by Kanye West and his G.O.O.D Music family: Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Pusha T. At the end, West broke into a freestyle where he mentioned LeBron James, the late Rodney King and Whitney Houston.
Immediately following their performance and the introductions of artists to come, Jackson rocked the stage too and rapped in a funny, opening parody of West’s “N*ggas in Paris.” Randomly, the New York Knicks’ #1 fan, movie director Spike Lee joined in and rapped with Jackson until neither of them could catch their breath. LOL (View video below). Check out the rest of the awards show recap, performance videos and more pics after the jump!
The night moved along with performances by Usher, Rick Ross the Maybach Music Group family, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. One of the biggest highlights of the evening was D’Angelo‘s highly anticipated return, his first television performance in well over a decade. The R&B singer gave a brief, yet soulful performance of his hit single, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” before moving on to his new song, “Sugar Daddy,” which was co-written with Q-Tip. His performance basically proved that he’s still got it!
R&B singers Tyrese, Joe and Faith Evans hit the stage for the Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to Frankie Beverly featuring Maze and performed some chart-topping songs from the iconic group like “Can’t Get Over You,” “Happy Feelings” and “Joy and Pain.” Of course other tribute performances were made for the movers and shackers of the entertainment industry that passed away this year. Chante Moore performed a medley of Donna Summer songs and Valerie Simpson performed in honor of her late husband, Nick Ashford.
As far as the award winners, Big Sean took the award for Best New Artist, Wale and Miguel for Best Collaboration, Chris Brown won Best Male R&B Artist and Nicki Minaj took home the Best Female Hip Hop Artist award. Director of the Year went to Beyonce and Alan Ferguson, Best Actor was grabbed by Kevin Hart, Best Group went to Jay-Z & Kanye West and Yolanda Adams won Best Gospel Artist. Best Female R&B Artist went to Beyonce, Video of the Year went to Jay-Z & Kanye West and Mindless Behavior won the Coca Cola Viewers’ Choice Award. Lastly, Al Sharpton took home the BET & State Farm’s Humanitarian Award and stressed the importance of us hitting the polls in November for this year’s election day.
All in all, the BET Awards 2012 was pretty good! Kudos to BET for stepping it up this year. If you missed last night’s show, scroll through the bar at the bottom of the video below to watch more performances & clips. ALSO, be sure to check out our COUPLED UP: BET AWARDS 2012 EDITION post, the amazing TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON as well as some pics from THE RED CARPET ARRIVALS.
BET AWARDS 2012 (PERFORMANCES)