Congrats to all of the winners! Here's the complete list of winners from the 2008 BET Awards: UPDATE CLICK HERE TO WATCH BET AWARDS 2008 PERFORMANCES
- Video of the Year: UGK featuring Outkast, "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)"
- Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
- Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
- Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kanye West
- Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Missy Elliott
- Best Gospel Artist: Marvin Sapp
- Best New Artist: The-Dream
- Best Group: UGK
- Best Collaboration: Kanye West featuring T-Pain, "Good Life"
- Best Video Director: Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto
- Viewers' Choice Award: Lil Wayne featuring Static, "Lollipop"
- BET J Award: Raheem DeVaughn
- Best Actor: Denzel Washington
- Best Actress: Halle Berry
- Female Athlete of the Year: Candace Parker
- Male Athlete of the Year: Kobe Bryant
T-Pain has a knack for showing up in the right place at the right time.
YOUNG JEEZY AND KANYE WEST PERFORMING " PUT ON " @ The 2008 Awards
"I'd like to thank T-Pain for gettin' on the record with me," said Kanye West, a two-time winner Tuesday at the 2008 BET Awards, upon accepting their award for Best Collaboration on the Graduation tune "Good Life." "This man's a genius. What he does, what he writes...we're blessed to be in this man's presence."
The 22-year-old rapper-producer, a featured artist on no less than 18 singles (so far) in 2007 and 2008, entered the evening with a leading five nominations, although his shared win with West was it for now.
West was also named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist for the second time, his first win in that category coming in 2005, when Late Registration was still a new album.
Alicia Keys, the only female winner who was in the house tonight, was named Best Female R&B Artist, and took the opportunity to let the moment sink in.
"I just wanna say that we are so incredible, we are such an incredible people," the platinum-selling songstress said coyly. "We are so beautiful and fly, and everybody wants to be like us...I mostly want to thank all of you that are watching and standing here right now. Without you...I really really appreciate you very much. source
T PAIN & LIL WAYNE A MILLIE 2008 BET AWARD PERFORMANCE
T-Pain and Lil Wayne have owned the music scene over the past year: It seems as if T-Pain's voice has accented half the hits on urban radio, while Lil Wayne, another ubiquitous collaborator, has appeared on the rest. In addition, Lil Wayne just this month scored the year's best-selling album sales debut with 1 million copies sold of his new CD, "Tha Carter III." So it was appropriate that both artists dominated Tuesday's BET Awards with not only their energetic performances but their presence, despite winning just one trophy each. "We're blessed to be in this man's presence," Kanye West, one of music's biggest self-promoters, said of T-Pain when the pair accepted their award for best collaboration for "The Good Life," going on to call T-Pain a "genius." "I'll let y'all know because I'm one of the kings of this game. My opinion counts." West also paid homage to Lil Wayne, calling him "my fiercest competition." "You scared me man," West said, bringing Lil Wayne onstage when West won the trophy for best hip-hop male. "Congratulations on selling over a million records. And they say hip hop is dead." Other highlights from the three-hour ceremony included a girl group reunion; a stirring tribute to the Rev. (and soul legend) Al Green; and topless performance by ripped rapper Nelly. T-Pain, who led the nominees with five nods for his many collaborations — not his own hits — performed with his fellow nominees twice during the three-hour ceremony. He transformed the Shrine Auditorium into a circus with a multi-artist medley that showed his wide-ranging influence during his first appearance. Wearing a spangled top hat, the rapper-singer shared the stage with fellow nominees Flo Rida, Rick Ross, Ludacris and Big Boi, along with a bevy of big-top freaks, including fire eaters and acrobats. "This industry is my circus," said T-Pain. "Ride with the ringleader." source