Sarkodie and Wizkid beat competitors Ice Prince (Nigeria), Camp Mulla (Kenya), Mokobe (Mali) and Lira (South Africa) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, to take home the prestigious "shooting star" trophy, won last year by Nigerian superstars 2Face and D'Banj.
The big winners of the evening included Kanye West,Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Chris Brownwho each took home two awards. While Jay-Z beat his missus in the Best Video category, Beyoncé did take home the trophy for Best Female and Video Director of the Year (together with Alan Ferguson). Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip Hop Artist for the third year in a row.
Video Of The Year: The Throne (Jay Z & Kanye West Featuring Otis Redding) "Otis"
Video Director Of The Year:Beyonce& Alan Ferguson
Best Female Artist:Beyonce
Best Male Artist: Chris Brown
Best Group: The Throne (Jay Z & Kanye West)
Best Collaboration: Wale Featuring Miguel "Lotus Flower"
Best Hip Hop Artist: Drake
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best New Artist: Big Sean
Best Gospel Artist: Yolanda Adams
Best Actress: Viola Davis
Best Actor: Kevin Hart
Youngstars Award: Diggy
Best Movie: "The Help"
Viewer's Choice: Mindless Behavior
Centric Award: Common
Best International Act: Africa: Sarkodie (Ghana) & Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best International Act / UK: Wretch 32
Subway Sportswoman Of The Year: Serena Williams
Subway Sportsman Of The Year: Kevin Durant
AOL Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown
During the show, BET also honoured the achievements of Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly(Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award) and Reverend Dr. Al Sharpton (The Humanitarian Award).
Performers at BET Awards 12includedYolanda Adams, D'Angelo, Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and G.O.O.D. Music. Chaka Khan, Monica and Brandy all performed moving tributes to Whitney Houston before Houston's mother Cissy Houston reduced the audience and herself to tears by performing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" in front of a large graphic of her and her daughter.
Among the celebrity presenters at the BET AWARDS 12 were Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry, Laz Alonzo,Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good and superstar host, Samuel L. Jackson.
BET AWARDS 12 premieres on BET in Africa on Tuesday 3 July 2012 at 20:00 WAT/21:00 CAT.