The BET awards marked the show's 10th anniversary with a performance-packed ceremony that spread around its prizes and featured artists coming back from legal setbacks — including Chris Brown, who became too emotional to continue singing "Man in the Mirror" during a Michael Jackson tribute.
Brown, who's still trying to rehabilitate his image after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna last year, performed an emotional homage to the King of Pop at Sunday night's show, two days after the first anniversary of his death. Brown later received the "AOL Fan-demonium" trophy and said: "I let y'all down before, but I won't do it again."
T.I. made his first TV appearance since getting out of prison in December, singing "Yeah Ya Know."
And even El DeBarge, the falsetto-voiced star of the '80s act DeBarge, made a high-profile return on the show.
Hosted by Queen Latifah, the show opened with Kanye West singing his "Power" — without any of his past awards show antics, especially his commandeering the stage when Taylor Swift won at last year's VMAs on MTV.
The list of winners:
Viewers Choice: Rihanna, featuring Young Jeezy, "Hard"
Best female R&B artist: Alicia Keys
Best male R&B artist: Trey Songz
Best female hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
Best male hip-hop artist: Drake
Best collaboration: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind"
Best new artist: Nicki Minaj
Best group: Young Money
Young stars award: Keke Palmer
Best actress: Mo'Nique
Best actor: Idris Elba
Best movie: Precious
Best gospel: Marvin Sapp
Centric Award: Monica
Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the year: LeBron James
Best international act: Dizzee Rascal
Humanitarian Award: John Legend