BET Awards 2012: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West Dominate

It was a stellar night for hip hop's star couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z, at the 2012 BET Awards on Sunday. Held in Los Angeles, the annual awards show honored the husband-and-wife team, as well as their pal (and collaborator) Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and a slate of other performers.

Highlights included host Samuel L. Jackson and director Spike Lee doing a parody rendition of Jay-Z and Kanye's hit single "N—-s in Paris"; Kanye joining 2 Chainz and best new artist winner Big Sean on their performance of "Mercy"; and the ubiquitous audience shots of the night's flashiest foursome: Beyonce and Jay-Z sat next to Kanye and girlfriend Kim Kardashian in the front row!

The ceremony also featured a touching Whitney Houston tribute, with many of the late singer's family and friends on hand to commemorate the late singer. Monica and Brandy sang "I’m Your Baby Tonight" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"; Whitney’s own mother Cissy Houston made people teary with "Bridge Over Troubled Water"; and the legendary Chaka Khan ended the tribute with her (and Houston's) hit "I’m Every Woman."

But it wasn't all about the A-list double date in the front row. Comedian Kevin Hart won best actor; Wale and Miguel won for best collaboration; Chris Brown snagged the best male R&B artist and the AOL Fandemonium awards; and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

2012 BET Awards Winners:

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

Best Actor: Kevin Hart

Best New Artist: Big Sean

Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown

Best Collaboration: Wale ft. Miguel

Best Gospel: Yolanda Adams

Best Female R&B Artist: Beyoncé

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Lifetime Achievement Award: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Video Of The Year: "Otis," The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

BET Humanitarian Award: Rev. Al Sharpton

Viewers’ Choice Award: Mindless Behavior

Video Director Of The Year: Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson

AOL Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown

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