Hip-Hop represented at the second annual BET
Awards yesterday in Los Angeles. Hosted by Steve Harvey and Cedrick The Entertainer
at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater, the Awards show honored African-American’s in
music, film and sports categories. The awards are voted by label executives,
media and fans. Outkast won the award for
Best Music Group, Ja-Rule snagged Best Hip-Hop artist, Missy Elliot took best
Female Hip-Hop honors, while Busta Rhymes, P.Diddy and Pharrell won Best Video
Award for "Pass The Courvoisier, Part II."
Serious drama almost took place during a commercial
break when Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg had some words for each other. Suge, who
was wearing bright red leather sat across from Snoop when a seat became open.
According to sources, the two exchanged words and it appeared to the audience
they were going to actually fight. Suge walked to the stage to speak with host
Steve Harvey, while Snoop moved toward the backstage entrance, staying visible
for most of the show.
On a less serious note, Hits, from Hits From The
Street proposed to his girlfriend on the stage to the audience’s delight, while
Ja-Rule humored the crowd. During his performance of "Down Ass Chick," Ja had on a pair of tearaway parachute pants that refused
to come off during his performance. After 3 or 4 good tries, the pants came
off, revealing a pair of leather pants.
A complete list of winners is below:
Humanitarian Award – Muhammad Ali
Best Group – OutKast
Best Male R&B – Usher
Best New Artist – Alicia Keys
Best Actor – Will Smith
Best Male Athlete – Kobe Bryant
Video of the Year – "Pass the Courvoisier,"
Lifetime Achievement Award – Earth, Wind and
Best Female R&B – India.Arie
Best Female Hip-Hop – Missy Elliott
Best Gospel Artist – Yolanda Adams
Best Actress – Halle Berry
Best Female Athlete – Laila Ali
Chairman’s Award – Dr. Bobby Jones
Viewers’ Choice Award – B2K