Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Alicia Keys, Kanye West Big Winners On BET Awards 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - The Black Entertainment Television Awards in Los Angeles California provide their gratitude for performers such as Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Chris Brown by giving them BET awards they totally deserved.
Kanye West came out a double winner, getting awards for both Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Best Collaboration for his single "Good Life," sharing the award with rapper-producer T-Pain.
West brought Lil' Wayne on stage when he accepted the for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, praising the fellow rapper for being his biggest competition. Lil' Wayne, who sold one million copies of his recent album in its first week, returned the favor when he picked up the Viewers' Choice Award for "Lollipop."
Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist award at the star-studded event, hosted by DL Hughley, which boasted an opening performance of "Love In This Club" by Usher.
Brown enlisted the help of Ciara for his "Take You Down" performance, while the crooner’s girlfriend Rihanna entertained the audience with her ballad "Standing Ovation."
Keys snagged the Best Female R&B Artist award, telling reporters her onstage collaboration "was very exciting for me to combine all of the people I admire."
Other winners included Missy Elliot (Best Female Hip Hop Artist), Halle Berry (Best Actress), and Denzel Washington (Best Actor).
Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton and Maxwell paid a musical tribute to Al Green who received the Legendary Lifetime Award. Actress Queen Latifah presented Quincy Jones with the Humanitarian Award.