Kendrick Lamar Wins Big At The 2013 BET Awards
Rapper Kendrick Lamar was the big winner at this year's BET Awards Sunday night, pulling in awards for Best new Artist and beating the likes of 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Drake and Future in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category. He also shared the Best Collaboration award with three of the stars he beat.
Lamar also performed twice during the show, joining Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu on Monae's single "Q.U.E.E.N." and hitting the stage a second time with 2 Chainz and A$AP Rocky on the latter's "F--kin' Problems."
"To my little homeboys and my homegirls back in the city, you looking at me on TV right now, I came up in that same county building, food stamps, welfare section eight," he said during one of his acceptance speeches, according to Us Weekly magazine.. "This is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to."
Rapper Drake, who wasn't able to attend the ceremony, was the most-nominated star, with 12 nods altogether, winning the Viewers Choice Award, Video of the Year, and a share of the Best Collaboration award with Lamar, 2 Chainz, and A$AP Rocky.
Drake's nemesis, R&B singer Chris Brown, landed just one award, the Fandemonium Award. It was his fourth year in a row winning the award.
Brown's ex, Rihanna won the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist award.
Nicki Minaj was named the Best Female Hip Hop Artist; while Miguel, who did not try any leaps of faith during the show, won the Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.
Seattle-based rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the Best Group award; and Britain's Emeli Sande took Best International Act: UK. Mary Mary won Best Gospel Artist and Benny Boom was crowned the best video director of the year.
In the screen entertainment categories Django Unchained co-stars Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx won Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, while Think Like a Man took Best Movie.
The Centric Award, named for BET's sister network, went to Tamar Braxton for her single "Love and War." The award is given to the best "neo soul and/or traditional R&B" artist, according to Wikipedia.
In sports, the Subway Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards went to Miami Heat star LeBron James and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas; while James's teammate Dwyane Wade landed the Humanitarian Award. Douglas also won the YoungStars award.
R&B legend Charlie Wilson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The former Gap Band singer was joined on stage for a medley of his hits by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Lion, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, India.Arie and Jamie Foxx.
Chris Tucker hosted the show.