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2012 BET Awards: Kanye West and Jay-Z Among Biggest Winners

Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET(LOS ANGELES) -- BET held its annual awards show on Sunday night, and while the censors worked up a sweat trying to mute out the cursing -- to mixed results, as some aired anyway -- the marathon show saw multiple nominees Kanye West and Jay-Z, as well as Chris Brown and Jay's wife Beyonce, take home multiple awards.  There was also a moving tribute to Whitney Houston from her former peers and her mother Cissy.

The show opened with West and his G.O.O.D. partners Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz performing "Mercy," which led to West performing "Way Too Cold," featuring a rap tribute to current girlfriend Kim Kardashian, who like West was dressed all in white at the ceremony.

Some laughs included host Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee spoofing Jay-Z and West's "N***as in Paris," and Jay-Z interrupting West's acceptance speech for video of the year, spoofing West's drunken interruption of Taylor Swift's 2009 MTV Video Music Awards speech.

Mariah Carey got emotional introducing a musical tribute to her friend Whitney Houston -- a tribute that featured performers including Monica, Brandy, and Chaka Khan singing Houston's hits.  There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Cissy Houston sang "Bridge over Troubled Waters" to honor her daughter.

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Here is a list of the main winners:

Video Of The Year -- "Otis" by Kanye West & Jay-Z

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

Best New Artist -- Big Sean

Best Male R&B Artist -- Chris Brown

Best Collaboration -- Wale (featuring Miguel)

Best Gospel -- Yolanda Adams

Best Female R&B Artist -- Beyonce

Best Female Hip Hop Artist -- Nicki Minaj

Lifetime Achievement Award -- Maze (featuring Frankie Beverly)

BET Humanitarian Award -- Rev. Al Sharpton

Viewers’ Choice Award -- Mindless Behavior

Video Director Of The Year -- Beyonce & Alan Ferguson

Fandemonium Award -- Chris Brown

Best Actor -- Kevin Hart

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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