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The 2011 BET Awards were broadcast on Sunday night from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and the big winner was Chris Brown, who lit up last year’s show with his tribute to Michael Jackson. The event was star-packed with a Who’s Who of R&B and hip-hop celebs ranging from P. Diddy to Justin Bieber to the multi-talented offspring of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The evening of awards and performances (many with bleeped lyrics) kicked off with a medley from Mary J. Blige and a no-hold-barred monologue from host Kevin Hart. The theme of Hart’s schtick was that he was going to dish out some tough love to the assembled stars. And he proceeded to take gentle jabs at folks like Busta Rhymes (for his busy outfit) and Rick Ross (for his flabby man boobs), but seemed to lose his nerve when it came to roasting Diddy.

Here’s a rundown of the evening’s major winners:

  1. -Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
  2. -Best Female R&B Artist: Rihanna
  3. -Young Stars Award: (tie) Jaden and Willow Smith
  4. -Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
  5. -Best Group: Diddy Dirty Money
  6. -Best Collaboration: Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes “Look at Me Now”
  7. -Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kanye West
  8. -Best New Artist: Wiz Khalifa
  9. -Sportsman of the Year: Michael Vick
  10. -Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
  11. -BET Humanitarian Award: Steve Harvey
  12. -Lifetime Achievement Award: Patti LaBelle
  13. -Viewer’s Choice Award: Chris Brown “Look at Me Now”
  14. -Gospel: Mary Mary
  15. -Centric: Marsha Ambrosius
  16. -Best International Act (Africa): 2Face Idibia and D’ Banj (Nigeria)
  17. -Best International Act (U.K.): Tinie Tempah
  18. -Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
  19. -Best Actor: Idris Elba
  20. -Best Movie: For Colored Girls
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