BET Awards 2011: Chris Brown big winner last night, nabs controversial Viewer's Choice Vote

June 27, 2011

The 2011 BET Awards were held last night in Los Angeles. The three-hour program was filled with many show stopping performances from such artists as Alicia Keys, Patti La Belle, Shirley Caesar, The Five Heartbeats, Little Wayne and more. The show seemed to offer something for everybody as viewers enjoyed performance from new and old as well as every genre of music including the jazzy sounds of Anita Baker and the old school hit of Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal.

The show was rich with comedy from comedian and host Kevin Hart, who told the crowd that "no one was safe" as he ribbed them one by one, including Sean (Diddy, Puffy, Swag) Combs who was told to loose the nicknames. Some of Hart's best material came from a taped piece shown throughout the night entitled "Hollywood Husbands." The sketch was a spoof of such shows as "Basketball Wives" and "The Real Housewives" as Hart surrounded by such famous Hollywood husbands as Nelly, Nick Cannon, Jermaine Dupri, Bobby Brown and Anthony Anderson reflected on life. The sketches seemed to get the most laughs.

Chris Brown was the big winner of the night with four awards, including best male R&B artist, Viewer's Choice, Best Collaboration and Video of the Year for his song "Look At Me Now" with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. The Viewers Choice Announcement had a bit of a mix up and caused an awkward moment when Brown's named was read as the winner, then "corrected" to Rihanna as Drake showed up on stage to give a thank you speech. Hart announced that Brown was the actual winner at the close of the show.

Patti LaBelle, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, performed a couple of classics, including "Lady Marmalade."

Steve Harvey was honored with the Humanitarian Award and was recognized for his work as a comedian, best selling author, funny man and radio personality.

Beyonce wrapped up the night with a performance from the Glastonbury Music Festival in England.

The show cleverly used the show as a platform to promote its new series and current programming by having those artists as presenters and announcers. The show didn't feel like a three-hour long informerical, the way The Daytime Emmys did just the week before when it aired on CBS.


Check out the winners at the 2011 BET Awards:

Best Female R&B Artist
Winner: Rihanna

Nominees:
Marsha Ambros ius
Beyonce
Keri Hilson
Jennifer Hudson
Rihanna
Best Male R&B Artist
Winner: Chris Brown

Nominees:
Chris Brown
Cee Lo Green
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Winner: Kanye West

Nominees:
B.o.B
Drake
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Winner: Nicki Minaj

Nominees:
Diamond
Nicki Minaj
Cymphonique
LoLa Monroe

Best Group
Winner: Diddy-Dirty Money

Nominees:
Diddy-Dirty Money
N.E.R.D.
New Boyz
Travis Porter
Cali Swag District

Best Collaboration
Winner: Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

Nominees:
B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams - "Airplanes"
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"
Chris Brown feat. Tyga & Kevin McCal - "Deuces"
Rihanna feat. Drake - "What's My Name?"
Waka Flocka Flame feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale - "No Hands"
Kanye West feat. Rihanna - "All of the Lights"

Video of the Year
Winner: Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

Nominees:
Marsha Ambrosius - "Far Away"
B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore - "Airplanes"
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"
Keri Hilson - "Pretty Girl Rock"
Willow Smith - "Whip My Hair"
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - "Runaway"

Video Director of the Year
Winner: Chris Robinson

Nominees:
Benny Boom
Mr. Boomtown
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Winner: Wiz Khalifa

Nominees:
J. Cole
Willow Smith
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Wiz Khalifa

Best Gospel
Winner: Mary Mary

Nominees:
Byron Cage
Deitrick Haddon
Mary Mary
Karen Clark Sheard BeBe & CeCe Winans

Best Actress
Winner: Taraji P. Henson

Nominees:
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Winner: Idris Elba

Nominees:
Laz Alonso
Chris Brown
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Jamie Foxx

YoungStars Award
Winner: Tie between siblings Willow Smith and Jaden Smith

Nominees:
Shenell Edmonds
Keke Palmer
Diggy Simmons
Jaden Smith
Willow Smith

Best Movie
Winner: "For Colored Girls"

Nominees:
"For Colored Girls"
"Death at a Funeral"
"Takers"
"The Book of Eli"
"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"

Sportswoman of the Year
Winner: Serena Williams

Nominees:
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Tamika Catchings
Candice Dupree
Maya Moore

Sportsman of the Year
Winner: Michael Vick

Nominees:
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Derrick Rose
Michael Vick

Viewer's Choice Award
Winner: Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

Nominees:
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"
Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz - "6 Foot 7 Foot"
Mindless Behavior - "My Girl"
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake - "Moment 4 Life"
Rihanna feat. Drake - "What's My Name"
Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj - "Bottoms Up"

Centric Award
Winner: Marsha Ambrosius

Nominees:
Marsha Ambrosius
Eric Benet
Cee Lo Green
R. Kelly
Kem

Best International Act (UK)
Winner: Tinie Tempah

Nominees:
VV Brown
Chipmunk
Laura Izibor
Skepta
Tinchy Stryder
Tinie Tempah

Best International Act (Africa)
Winner: Tie between 2Face Idibia (Nigeria) and D'Banj (Nigeria)

Nominees:
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
D'Banj (Nigeria)
D-Black (Ghana)
Angelique Kidjo (Benin)
Fally Ipupa (Congo DR)
Teargas (South Africa)
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Comic-Con 2011: 'Fright Night' to appear at this year's event

June 26, 2011

This year's Comic-Con event promises a host of exciting celebrity appearances. DreamWorks Studios is once again participating this year. They will offer a special insider look at its upcoming, 3D reimagining of the horror classic “Fright Night.” The cast will appear in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, July 22.

Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. This year’s annual San Diego convention runs July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The cast and crew of "Fright Night" will be there, including Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Imogen Poots, director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon. Activities also include a fan appreciation party as well as a screening in advance of the film’s opening in theaters on August 19th.

Also, berginning on Friday, June 22th, the film’s social media campaign; “The Fright Night Feeding Frenzy” kicks off with a chance to win a VIP trip for two to San Diego Comic-Con in partnership with Yahoo! Movies. The trip includes travel, accommodations and admittance to all “Fright Night” scheduled events. “The Fright Night Feeding Frenzy” encourages fans to use their social feeds on Facebook, Twitter and blogs to share movie content and check in to real world events to collect points. At the end of each week, the fan who has spread the frenzy the farthest wins a killer prize. Prizes are awarded weekly beginning July 1st through the film’s release on Friday, August 19th. More information about the “Fright Night” Feeding Frenzy and how to join can be found at: www.welcometofrightnight.com

In the premise of "Fright Night" is senior Charley Brewster finally has it all — he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed. But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right — yet no one, including Charley’s mom, seems to notice! After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charley has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

“Fright Night” opens in theaters on August 19, 2011.
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