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The BET Awards on Sunday (July 01) celebrated the top talent among black artists in a night of lively performances and an emotional heartfelt tribute to late singer Whitney Houston.
The annual BET Awards celebrates black musicians, actors and athletes, giving out awards in twenty categories over a three-and-a-half hour telecast.
Kanye West and Jay-Z accepted the best group award for The Throne, the collaboration that spawned last year's "Watch The Throne" album. The duo also won the video of the year award for "Otis," beating out nominees Beyonce and Usher.
Jay-Z gained the biggest laugh of the night when he interrupted West during their acceptance speech for video of the year, saying "excuse me Kanye, I'm going to let you continue but," a reference to West's infamous interruption during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Chris Brown also picked up the best male R&B artist award for the second year running.
Singer Beyonce, who won the award for best female R&B artist thanked women in the genre who inspired her.
The BET Awards '12 were hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson.
John Russell, Reuters.