Monday, June 28, 2010

The 2010 BET Awards winners

A three-and-a-half hour show took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night for the 2010 BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire was named Best Movie, while Mo'Nique won Best Actress. British star Idris Elba was named winner for the Best Actor award.

But the night was dominated by musical performances, starting with Kanye West's first televised performance since dissing Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Awards. There were numerous medleys and tributes, including one for Lifetime Achievement award-winner Prince by female vocalists Janelle Monae, Esperanza Spalding, Alicia Keys, and Patti LaBelle. But the most talked about performance was Chris Brown's tribute to Michael Jackson, which began with impressive dancing. Then when he took a microphone to sing Man in the Mirror, he either broke down in tears and couldn't go on, or he faked a breakdown for sympathy. You can decide for yourself by watching the video below, but I found it very theatrical and over-the-top. If it wasn't fake, it was at the very least planned, since Man in the Mirror isn't a great choice to end an MJ tribute and his "contrition" would be the only reason to end with that song.

Winners of the 2010 BET Awards

Lifetime Achievement

Viewers' Choice

Best R&B Female Artist
Alicia Keys

Best Male R&B Artist
Trey Songz

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Best Collaboration
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Best New Artist
Nicki Minaj

Best Group
Young Money

Video of the Year
"Video Phone," Beyonce and Lady Gaga

Youngstars Award
Keke Palmer

Best Actress

Best Actor
Idris Elba

Best Movie
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Best Gospel
Marvin Sapp

Centric Award

Sportsman of the Year
LeBron James

Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams

Best International Act
Dizzee Rascal

Humanitarian Award
John Legend

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