Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kanye West win big at BET awards

Drake, Wretch 32, Chris Brown also take home gongs at the Los Angeles ceremony

Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West/Jay-Z were the big winners at last night’s (July 1) BET Awards in Los Angeles.

The awards, which were set up in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to honour African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment, took place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium across Sunday evening.

Kanye West and Jay-Z picked up ‘Best Group’ for their collaboration as ‘The Throne’ and also walked away with ‘Best Video’ for ‘Otis’. Nicki Minaj won ‘Best Female Hip-Hop Artist’, while Drake walked away with the same award in the male category.


Beyonce picked up the gong for ‘Best Female R&B Artist’, while Chris Brown won the same award in the male category and also took home the ‘AOL Fandemonium Award’, which was given to the winner of an online poll.

Other winners on the night included the UK’s Wretch 32, who won Best International Act, Yolanda Adams, Common and Big Sean.

The full list of winners at the BET Awards 2012 was as follows:

Best Female R&B Artist

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist


Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Best Group
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best New Artist
Big Sean

Best Collaboration
Wale f/ Miguel – ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’

Video of the Year
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – ‘Otis’

Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson

Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams

YoungStars Award

Viewers’ Choice Award
Mindless Behavior – ‘Hello’

Centric Award

Best International Act: U.K.
Wretch 32

Best International Act: Africa
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Actress
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Kevin Hart

Best Movie
‘The Help’

Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Kevin Durant

AOL Fandemonium Award
Chris Brown