Chris Brown Leads BMI Blitz at 2011 BET Awards

Posted in News on June 28, 2011
Chris Brown wins big at the 2011 BET Awards.
Chris Brown wins big at the 2011 BET Awards. Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

BMI songwriters took home the overwhelming majority of the BET Awards statuettes handed out Sunday, June 26. As member after member of BMI’s family of songwriter/artists were crowned the year’s best, the cultural supremacy of BMI’s deep urban repertoire was on full display.

With four trophies, Chris Brown led the pack, earning Best Male R&B Artist, the fan-voted Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice award and Video of the Year and Best Collaboration for “Look at Me Now,” which features his fellow BMI songwriters Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Best Female R&B Artist went to Rihanna, while Nicki Minaj earned the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist crown. Kanye West was named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, and Diddy Dirty Money scored Best Group honors.

The show saluted both rising stars and venerable pioneers: Wiz Khalifa garnered the Best New Artist trophy, while the incomparable Patti Labelle was celebrated with the BET Lifetime Achievement honor. The BET Centric Award, which recognizes the past year’s strongest neo-soul or R&B artist, went home with Marsha Ambrosius. In a nod to the increasingly global popularity of urban music, Tinie Tempah earned the Best International Act, U.K. trophy.

The 2011 BET Awards attracted 7.7 million viewers during its live telecast on the network from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

2011 BET Awards
BMI Winners

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice
Chris Brown

Best Female R&B Artist

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Kanye West

Best Group
Diddy Dirty Money

Best New Artist
Wiz Khalifa

Centric Award
Marsha Ambrosius

Best International Act, U.K.
Tinie Tempah

BET Lifetime Achievement
Patti Labelle

Best Collaboration
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Look at Me Now”

Video of the Year
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Look at Me Now”