BET Awards 2013: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Gabrielle Douglas among Big Winners

Kendrick Lamar, Jamie Foxx, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj were among the top winners at the annual BET Awards on Sunday.

The BET Awards is a famous festival which celebrates black musicians, actors and athletes and broadcast on the cable TV network BET, Black Entertainment Television, part of Viacom Inc. Photo: MissInfoTV2/Flickr

Kendrick Lamar, who had become winner in eight nominations, was nominated as the best new artist and best male hip-hop artist at the 3-1/2 hour show at Hollywood’s Nokia Theater, which was hosted by actor and comedian Chris Tucker.

Speaking to “all my little homeboys and homegirls back in the city,” the rapper noted that he too came from a world of food stamps, welfare and public assistance housing.

“You’re looking me on TV right now. This is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to,” Lamar said.

Douglas, 17 and an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, wo two nominations: the Young Stars award and the Sportswoman of the Year honor.

“I’m really shocked right now,” Douglas said after winning her second award of the annual BET Awards.

Drake’s “Started at the Bottom” was nominated as the Best video of the Year, one of the night’s top awards. He also won the Viewers’ Choice award.

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award was taken home by Nicki Minaj for a fourth year in a row. The rapper said each time she wins, “it’s a humbling experience.”

Best Female R&B Pop Artist went to Rihanna, while Miguel won the Best Male R&B Pop Artist award, Reuters reports.

Foxx, who performed a role in the Oscar-winning “Django Unchained,” was named Best Actor.

The actor said that he paid tribute to “acting gods” he had met, including Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, as well as “Django Unchained” director Quentin Tarantino.

The title of Best Actress of the year went to Kerry Washington of the television show “Scandals”.

The Sportsman of the Year honor was won by NBA and Miami Heat star LeBron James, while another Heat player, Dwyane Wade, got the humanitarian award as founder of the Wade’s World Foundation, which helps at-risk children in underserved communities with educational, health and family service programs.

Veteran R&B singer and former Gap Band lead vocalist Charlie Wilson was named as the Lifetime Achievement Award by Justin Timberlake, who performed alongside Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg in tribute to Wilson’s career.

The award for Best Movie was won by the romantic comedy “Think Like a Man.”

Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were titled Best Group, while Best Collaboration went to A$ap Rocky, featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Lamar, for “Problems.”

Mary Mary took home the award for Best Gospel Artist, while Emeli Sande was named Best International Act. U.K. Best International Act: Africa was won by Ice Prince.

The annual BET Awards 2013 featured performances by a host of top performers including Robin Thicke, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Miguel, Ciara and Janelle Monae, who closed the awards joined by Erykah Badu.

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