Black Entertainment Television held its annual BET Awards on June 26 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, honoring the year’s best hip-hop and r&b artists, as well as some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports.
- Gnarls Barkley
- Kirk Franklin
BMI artists shined at this year’s awards, with winners including Gnarls Barkley, Best Group; Ne-Yo, Best Male R&B; Kirk Franklin, Best Gospel Artist; Birdman & Lil’Wayne’s “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” Viewers Choice Award.
The late Gerald Levert won in the BETJ Cool Like That category. One of the highlights of the evening was the all-star performance of “Wind Beneath My Wings” performed by his father, Eddie Levert, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams.
Hosted by actress/comedian Mo’Nique, the BET Awards also bestowed the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary songstress Diana Ross, and the Humanitarian Award to award-winning actor and activist Don Cheadle.