Chris Brown claimed four awards at the BET Awards Sunday bringing his career total to a record eight wins. He edges out Beyonce and Kanye West who have won seven apiece in the 11-year history of these kudos.
Chris Brown won the competitive races for Best Male R&B Artist and both Best Collaboration and Video of the Year with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes for "Look At Me Now." The trio also won the popular vote Viewers' Choice award.
That last category caused a great deal of confusion. A fan, Tiffany Green, was to read the name of the winner off of the Sprint tablet that was being used in place of an envelope. Green announced Brown and his collaborators had won but then saw Rihanna's name on the teleprompter and so said that with her collaborator Drake coming up to accept the award. Host Kevin Hart clarified that Brown and company were indeed the winners.
At last year's BET Awards, Brown launched his comeback following his 2009 assault on then-girfriend Rihanna just hours before the Grammys. He performed as part of the tribute to the late Michael Jackson. This year, Brown is riding high with the success of his new album "F.A.M.E." In one of his acceptance speeches, the singer said, "I appreciate all the support. I know it's been a long road, so I appreciate every blessing in front of me."
Two special prizes were presented during the show at the Shrine Auditorium. Humanitarian Award winner Steve Harvey received a gospel salute from Donnie McClurkin, Deitrick Haddon and Mary Mary who serenaded him with "Thank You." And Cee Lo Green paid musical tribute to Patti LaBelle who received the Lifetime Achievement Award and then performed herself.
Best Female R&B Artist
Best Male R&B Artist
Diddy Dirty Money
Cali Swag District
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes, "Look At Me Now"
B.o.B ft. Haley Williams of Paramore, "Airplanes"
Kanye West ft. Rihanna, "All of the Lights"
Chris Brown ft. Tyga & Kevin McCall, "Deuces"
Waka Flocka Flame ft. Roscoe Dash & Wale, "No Hands"
Rihanna ft. Drake, "What's My Name"
Video of the Year
Marsha Ambrosius – “Far Away”
B.o.B. f/ Hayley Williams of Paramore – “Airplanes”
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Keri Hilson – “Pretty Girl Rock”
Willow Smith – “Whip My Hair”
Kanye West f/ Pusha T – “Runaway”
Video Director of the Year
Best New Artist
Young Stars Award
Karen Clark Sheard
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Best International Act (Africa)
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
D' Banj (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
Angelique Kidjo (Benin)
Teargas (South Africa)
Best International Act (UK)
Taraji P. Henson
For Colored Girls
Death at a Funeral
The Book of Eli
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married, Too?
Sportswoman of the Year
Sportsman of the Year
Viewer’s Choice Award
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – "Look at Me Now"
Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – "6 Foot 7 Foot"
Mindless Behavior – "My Girl”
Nicki Minaj f/ Drake – “Moment 4 Life”
Rihanna f/ Drake – “What’s My Name”
Trey Songz f/ Nicki Minaj – “Bottoms Up”