The 2012 BET Awards brought out the best of the best Sunday night (July 1), with Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kanye West sitting front row and even the latter's girlfriend Kim Kardashian showing up for the ceremony.

There was much to talk about, from the riveting Whitney Houston tribute to Chris Brown's zombie-inspired makeup and acrobatics during his set. Those in the crowd moved to the sounds of Frankie Beverly and Maze as if they were at a backyard barbecue, proving that the spirit in the air was a positive one.

Some of the night's big winners were well-deserving of their accolades. Big Sean nabbed a Best New Artist award, Bey earned Best Female R&B Artist, Jay-Z and West scored Best Group, Wale and Miguel landed the Best Collaboration for their hit "Lotus Flower Bomb."

Check out the full list of 2012 BET Awards winners below.

Best New Artist

A$AP Rocky

Big Sean -- WINNER

Diggy Simmons


Meek Mill

Best Male R&B Artist

Bruno Mars

Chris Brown -- WINNER


Trey Songz


Best Female R&B Artist

Beyonce -- WINNER

Marsha Ambrosius

Mary J. Blige

Melanie Fiona


Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean

Drake -- WINNER

J. Cole

Lil Wayne

Rick Ross

Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj -- WINNER



Brianna Perry

Best Group

Bad Meets Evil

Diddy-Dirty Money

Maybach Music Group

Mindless Behavior

The Throne -- WINNER

Best Collaboration

"Party," Beyonce feat J. Cole

"Marvin & Chardonnay," Big Sean feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash

"I'm On One," DJ Khaled feat Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

"The Motto," Drake feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga

"Otis," The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) feat. Otis Redding

"Lotus Flower Bomb," Wale feat Miguel -- WINNER

Video of the Year

"Countdown," Beyonce

"Love on Top," Beyonce

"N----s in Paris," The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

"Otis," The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) -- WINNER

"Climax," Usher

Video Director of the Year

Beyonce and Alan Ferguson -- WINNER

Benny Boom

Chris Brown and Godfrey Tabarez

Kanye West

Hype Williams

Best Gospel

Fred Hammond

James Fortune & FIYA

Kim Burrell

Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Yolanda Adams -- WINNER

YoungStars Award


Diggy Simmons -- WINNER

Jacob Latimore

Keke Palmer

Willow Smith

Viewers' Choice Award

"Love on Top," Beyonce

"Turn Up the Music," Chris Brown

"The Motto, "Drake feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga

"Hello," Mindless Behavior -- WINNER

"Otis," The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) feat. Otis Redding

"Lotus Flower Bomb," Wale feat. Miguel

Centric Award

Common -- WINNER


Robert Glasper

Robin Thicke


Best International Act: U.K.

Emeli Sande




Wretch 32 -- WINNER

Best International Act: Africa

Camp Mulla (Kenya)

Ice Prince (Nigeria)

Lira (South Africa)

Mokobe (Mali)

Sarkodie (Ghana) -- WINNER

Wizkid (Nigeria) -- WINNER

Best Actress

Angela Bassett

Viola Davis -- WINNER

Taraji P. Henson

Regina King

Zoe Saldana

Best Actor

Don Cheadle


Idris Elba

Kevin Hart -- WINNER

Denzel Washington

Best Movie

"Good Deeds"

"Jumping the Broom"

"Laugh at My Pain"

"Red Tails"

"The Help" -- WINNER

Sportswoman of the Year

Skylar Diggins

Candace Parker

Brittney Griner

Serena Williams -- WINNER

Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

LeBron James

Victor Cruz

Kevin Durant -- WINNER

See Photos of Stars on the BET Awards 2012 Red Carpet