KANYE West was the big winner at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday night scooping two major honours.
The Gold Digger star was named Best Male Hip Hop Artist on the night, as well as picking up the gong for Best Collaboration with fellow rapper T-Pain for their Good Life track.
Young R’n’B hunk Chris Brown was one of the first winners of the night – he was presented with the gong for Best Male R’n’B Artist, and was escorted to the annual ceremony by reported beau Rihanna. The Bajan beauty was nominated for the Best Female R’n’B artist award – but was beaten in the category by singing sensation Alicia Keys.
Keys also performed at the event – stunning the celebrity-studded audience when she was joined on-stage by former female groups En Vogue, TLC and SWV for a medley of their hit tracks.
She went on to win the prize for best female R&B artist, and offered a heartfelt endorsement to Obama, who would be the first African-American elected to the nation’s highest office: “Together we can do anything —— Obama, y’all!” she enthused.
Hit beat maker Missy Elliott was honoured in the Best Female hip hop Artist category, but was not present at the ceremony to pick up the award.
Hollywood heavyweights Halle Berry and Denzel Washington were also winners – the pair scooped the awards for Best Actress and Best Actor.
Other performers included Usher, Flo Rida and T-Pain.
The ceremony, hosted by US comic DL Hughley, honours leading black entertainers, actors, musicians and sportstars.
The full list of winners is as follows:
*Best Female R’n’B Artist: Alicia Keys
*Best Male R’n’B Artist: Chris Brown
*Best Group: UGK
*Best Gospel Artist: Marvin Sapp
*Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Missy Elliott
*Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kanye West
*Best New Artist: The-Dream
*Best Collaboration: Kanye West + T-Pain – Good Life
*Video Of The Year: UGK f/Outkast, International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)
*Best Actress: Halle Berry
*Best Actor: Denzel Washington
*Female Athlete Of The Year: Candace Parker
*Male Athlete Of The Year: Kobe Bryant
*Viewers’ Choice: Lil Wayne, Lollipop
*Humanitarian Award: Quincy Jones. –Showbizspy.com