Black Entertainment Television Awards Winners
This years Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award Ceremony was every bit as glamorous and extravagant as it should have been. Kanye West and UGK were the biggest winners as they each carried two awards away at the ceremony, which took place on June 24th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The award ceremony saw the likes of Alicia keys, The Dream, Chris Brown and Missy Elliot take to the stage to receive awards in recognition of their achievements in the music industry. However, it was Kanye West and UGK who stole the limelight – an enjoyable mixture of old and new. When West made his way up to the stage for best male hip-hop artist he took Lil Wayne with him. After receiving his award, he told Lil Wayne that he was his fiercest competition and then congratulated him on his record-breaking 1-million in one week album sales. His second trip to the stage was to receive the ‘Best Collaboration Award’ which he got for his song “Good Life” featuring T-Pain.
UGK received the award for Best Group, as well as the Video Of The Year award for their song “International Player’s Anthem (I Chose You)” which features OutKast. When asked about the video shoot backstage, UGK’s Bun B described it as one of the “best days I’ll remember for the rest of my life.” Bun B also remarked “If you keep it real, people will come out and support” and it seems fans are certainly still supporting this noteworthy act.
Alicia Keys received the award for Best Female R&B Artist, while Chris Brown got the Best Male R&B Artist award. Marvin Sapp was chosen for Best Gospel Artist and The Dream was selected as the Best New Artist. Best Female Hip Hop Artist went to Missy Elliot and Best Video Director went to Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto. Denzel Washington got Best Actor and Halle Berry received Best Actress. The best Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards went to Kobe Bryant and Candace Parker, while Raheem DeVaughn received the BET J Award. The Viewer’s Choice Award was given to Lil Wayne for his song “Lollipop”, which features Static.