Host Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee kicked off the 2012 BET Awards with an impromptu rap. We know Jackson’s the man to call if you have snakes on your plane, but can he rap?
Spike Lee and Samuel L Jackson…somebody come get your great uncles please #BETAwards
— Trini Trent (@TheLavaLizard) July 2, 2012
This opening by Sam L. Jackson and Spike Lee proves to me one thing. #BETawards is holding their kids hostage. Someone call Liam Neeson.
— Elon James White (@elonjames) July 2, 2012
It like watching your dad do something really embrassing smh #BETawards
— Moody Foodie (@ez_there) July 2, 2012
The Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s superstar duo, easily wins best group, but Twitter is more interested in Kim Kardashian.
Let's play a game called "Who in the audience doesn't belong at BET awards." *everyone points to Kim K* #BETAwards
— T-Rizzle BadAzz (@TRizzleBadAzz) July 2, 2012
Best New Artist Big Sean thanks his grandmother. She wanted him to win, right?
Stop talking Big Sean. NO ONE WANTED YOU TO WIN. #BETAwards
— DatWhiteGurlHaley (@haley_swagg) July 2, 2012
Chris Brown accepts the award for Best Male R&B Artist.
— andy levy (@andylevy) July 2, 2012
Chris Brown is late for a construction job I guess. C'mon. Dude. Only thing he was missing was a metal lunch pail. #betawards
— PJ (@PJSinatra_) July 2, 2012
No, your TV is not broken. The sound should return to normal following Nicki Minaj’s performance.
The bleep man been struggling all night… #BETawards
— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) July 2, 2012
I feel so sorry for the man who does the censoring. He practically is sitting on the censor button. He deserves a raise. #BETAwards
— Chrisvelley Gouin (@St_MaartenQueen) July 2, 2012
Yolanda Adams accepts the Best Gospel award and urges the audience to “keep God first.”
— Fenton Rhaney (@fentonrhaney) July 2, 2012
Yolanda Adams just called out every single other performer at the #BETAwards. Throw it DOWN, Yolanda, throw it DOWN!
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) July 2, 2012
A live performance by the reclusive D’Angelo brings Beyonce and others to their feet. Yes, Beyonce is in attendance.
I swear BET must have a camera just sittin in front of Beyonce's face cuz every 10 mins its on her #BetAwards
— stylechannel (@StyleChannel_) July 2, 2012
Beyonce wins Best Female R&B Artist.
Beyonce also just won the award for Best Ignoring Of Kim Kardashian. #BETAwards
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) July 2, 2012
Best Female Hip Hop Artist goes to Nicki Minaj for the third year in a row. She gives a brief (one-bleep) acceptance speech.
" Step ya dick up " will prolly trend .. #BetAwards
— MR GREEN EYES (@KOEDJ) July 2, 2012
Accepting the Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of Maze, Frankie Beverly offers some advice.
"don't fall for the flavor of the week, baby… Sing what you wanna sing. Do YOUR thing" #betawards
— CRUZ MAGAZINE (@CRUZMEDIA) July 2, 2012
I just love that acceptance speech by Frankie Beverly. Just wait and stop asking God for things. Wait on the Lord. #BETAwards
— C.L. Fluker (@TRENIAROCKS) July 2, 2012
“Excuse me Kanye, I’m gonna let you continue….” To much applause, Jay-Z interrupts Kanye West in accepting the Best Video award for “Otis.”
Ok..Jigga interrupting Kanye….priceless..lmao..#BETAwards
— Vince Alexander (@PrinceV966) July 2, 2012
Squashing rumors that he was arrested backstage for gun possession, Chris Brown puts an AutoTune unit through the paces.
the fact that #BETawards SPRAYED on Chris Brown ABS… I'm DEAD! o_O
— IG: KingJereOmiah (@jeremiahKOEking) July 2, 2012
BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee presents the 2012 BET Humanitarian Award goes to the Reverend Al Sharpton. “There are people who want to take away our rights,” he warns the audience.
"this election ain't about Obama, it's about yo Momma"…. Hahhahaha quote of the night! #BetAwards
— FANS (@FANS_106) July 2, 2012
Al Sharpton is too much for me…can't take it #BETawards
— She JuggLikeJuice (@Edible_Ana) July 2, 2012
— Corrie Scott (@IamCorrieScott) July 2, 2012
Mariah Carey introduces the highly anticipated tribute to Whitney Houston. A version of “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, brings Beyonce, Soulja Boy and others to tears.
Whitney's brother just performed and now her mom is taking the stage!!!! Lord! The tears!!! #BETAwards
— Neon Limelight (@NeonLimelight) July 2, 2012
And the perfect Beyonce tear was just shed. The perfect fucking tear. #BETAwards
— Terron Moore (@Terr) July 2, 2012
The fact that she is even able to hold it together and sing after losing her daughter is amazing. #BetAwards
— RAY (@RAY_478) July 2, 2012
We’ll see you at the Twitchy after party below.