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Nicki Minaj, Young Money Clean Up at BET Awards

Last night (June 27) the 10th annual BET Awards, held in Los Angeles, served as a reminder of the kind of year Nicki Minaj, Drake and Young Money have had. With host Queen Latifah hosting the show throughout the night, the crew collectively picked up four awards.

The show opened with Kanye atop a mountain and backed by a large screen, letting loose his latest hit, “Power.” In what was West’s first major TV appearance since his notorious mic-grab from Taylor Swift last year, those in attendance gave Grammy-winner a solid ovation following his performance.

Another of the night’s standout moments came during Chris Brown’s stirring tribute to Michael Jackson. Brown, who was left out of the the tribute at last year’s awards, channeled his inner MJ as he danced to a medley of the King of Pop’s songs. When it came time to grab the mic and sing “Man in the Mirror,” Brown broke down into tears while still doing his best to get the lyrics out.

The big winners of the night were undoubtedly Young Money. Showing love to their currently incarcerated mentor Lil Wayne after each win, YM took home best group, Nicki Minaj won Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, and Drizzy took home Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, topping Jay-Z and others. Hov did take home the award for Best Collaboration for “Empire State of Mind,” alongside Best Female R&B Artist winner Alicia Keys. The Viewers’ Choice Award went to Rihanna and Young Jeezy’s “Hard.” Jeezy took the stage to do “Lose My Mind,” which Drake added a verse to for the remix.

An encore presentation of the show will air Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. —Adam Fleischer

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