Wiz Khalifa, Nicki MInaj Win Big
The 2011 BET Awards featured several notable hip hop honors taking home honors. Celebrities like participated in the ceremony and won accolades, with comedian Kevin Hart serving as host for the event, which took place in Los Angeles, California.
nicki Minaj was named best Female Hip Hop Artist, Best Group went to Diddy/Dirty Money, and Best Collaboration went to Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes for "Look At Me Now." Wiz Khalifa took home the coveted Best New Artist.
"They need a taller mic for me," Wiz joked. "I am not used to winning stuff. I want to thank everyone at rostrum records, everyone at Atlantic, all my fans, The Taylor Gang and all the young people who promote positive and just enjoying yourself, this is for y'all."
Mary J. Blige, Jadakiss and DJ Khaled opened the show, while Rick Ross performed his single "Aston Martin Music" minus Crisette Michelle or Drake [who did attend the awards].
Gladys Knight presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Patti Labelle, and Snoop Dogg and Warren G took part in a tribute to their late friend and collaborator Nate Dogg, who passed away earlier this year.