The highlights of the BET Awards (an annual event that celebrate black musicians, actors, and athletes) that took place hours ago saw big winners such as Beyoncé and Chris Brown (yes, Chris Brown).

Hot mummy Beyoncé was named this year’s best female R&B artiste while the best male artist title went to Chris Brown, who performed his latest single “Turn Up The Music”. Beyoncé’s husband rapper Jay-Z, on the other hand, together with Kanye West both won best group for “Watch the Throne”.

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But the most buzz worthy highlight of the awards goes to the pouring tributes to the late singer Whitney Houston, who was found dead in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel in February.

One of the tributes came from songstress Mariah Carey who said, “I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we’ll always have the music. We’ll always have the voice we fell in love with, she inspired us all, we’ll always have my friend Whitney Houston” while singers Monica and Brandy performed a medley of Whitney’s popular hits, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”.

The Whitney Houston tribute at the BET Awards 2012 soon turned into a family affair as the late singer’s brother Gary belted out “Where You Are”, followed by her mother Cissy, who stole the show with a heart wrenching rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

It was clear that Whitney, despite her sudden death, will continue to live on in the hearts and lives of not only the people who loved her dearly, but also through her music.

Here’s the full list of winners for this year’s BET Awards:

Best Group: The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best Actor: Kevin Hart

Best New Artist: Big Sean

Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown

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Best Collaboration: Wale ft. Miguel

Best Gospel: Yolanda Adams

Best Female R&B Artist: Beyoncé

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Lifetime Achievement Award: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Video Of The Year: “Otis,” The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

BET Humanitarian Award: Rev. Al Sharpton

Viewers’ Choice Award: Mindless Behavior

Video Director Of The Year: Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson

AOL Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown

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