Most of yesterday’s BET Awards were dedicated to remembering late pop superstar Michael Jackson, but as they say, the show must go on. And a slew of stars crossed the stage Sunday evening to accept their prizes for the year.
Beyonce Knowles, who brought the audience to tears with an emotional rendition of “Ave Maria,” snagged video of the year for “Single Ladies, as well as Best Female R&B artist. Best Actor and Actress went to Will Smith and Taraji P. Henson, respectively. Best Male R&B Artist was Ne-Yo, who performed a cover of Michael Jacdkson’s Lady in My Life during the evening’s festivities.
Best Male & Female Hip-Hop Artists were Lil Wayne and M.I.A. and we’re not sure if Lil Mama won some kind of fashion award for her interesting hair and outfit combo, but she should have.
Meanwhile, Alicia Keys was all dark, wavy ringlets and beading in her mini-dress. The singer was one of many stars who mentioned the King of Pop during the evening’s festivities. Sean Combs said simply that Jackson “made [him] believe in magic.
The full list of winners is after the jump.
Gallery Info: Taraji P Henson, Jazmiine Sullivan, Wyclef Jean, Ginuwine, Sherri Shepard, Claudia Jordan, Sean Paul, Chamillionarie, Keri Hilson, Melody Thorton, Arsenio Hall, Ray J, Trey Songz, Tyra Banks, MC Lyte, Cassie, Lil Mama, Sean Kingston, Adrienne Bailon, Ciara, Zoe Saldana, Marlon Wayans, Nichelle Nichols, Kanye West, Amber Rose, Joe Jackson, Alicia Keys, Meagan Good, Soulja Boy, Beyonce, Tyrese, Mario, Amerie, Chaka Kahn, Ne Yo, Toccara, Farnsworth Bentley, Estelle and Tempestt Bledsoe at the 2009 BET Awards.
Video of the Year: Beyonce, ‘Single Ladies’Best Male R’n'B Artist: Ne-YoBest Female R’n'B Artist: BeyonceBest Male Hip-Hop Artist: Lil WayneBest Female Hip-Hop Artist: M.I.A.Best Gospel Artist: Mary MaryBest New Artist: Keri HilsonBest Group: Day 26Best Collaboration: Jamie Foxx/T-Pain, ‘Blame It’Best Video Director: Benny BoomViewers’ Choice Award: T.I. (featuring Rihanna) ‘Live Your Life’Best Actor: Will SmithBest Actress: Taraji HensonFemale Athlete of the Year: Serena WilliamsMale Athlete of the Year: LeBron James