From the winners list to the performance stage, ASCAP members were all over the 2012 BET Awards. Wale and Miguel, fresh from their victories at ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Awards just two days earlier, won the Best Collaboration award for their sensual slow jam “Lotus Flower Bomb.” Beyoncé took home two honors, for Best Female R&B Artist and Video Director of the Year. Her husband Jay-Z also earned two awards as part of hip-hop supergroup The Throne.
The BET Awards ceremony was filled to bursting with vocal firepower and powerful rapping thanks to the boatload of ASCAP members that lent their talents to the show. Usher made the most of his seductive falsetto on “Climax,” from his brand new album Looking 4 Myself. The G.O.O.D. Music crew, including ASCAP member 2 Chainz, performed its summer hit “Mercy.” ASCAP rappers Meek Mill (who performed at the 2012 ASCAP R&S Awards) and Wale performed a medley of urban hits along with the rest of the Maybach Music Group, while Melanie Fiona belted the emotional ballad “Wrong Side of a Love Song.”
Amber Bullock (who also graced the ASCAP R&S Awards stage on Friday) and Y’anna Crawley powered through the Clark Sisters’ gospel standard “You Brought the Sunshine,” while D’angelo made his first televised performance in 12 years, buttering the crowd up with his 2000 single "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" and unveiling a new song called "Sugar Daddy."
A trio of memorials celebrated the lives and music of ASCAP legends who had passed away in the past year. ASCAP singer/songwriter Chante Moore paid tribute to Donna Summer with a medley of her biggest hits. ASCAP Board member Valerie Simpson honored the memory of her late husband and musical partner Nickolas Ashford with a moving rendition of “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” sung solo behind the piano. And Grammy-winning ASCAP singer/songwriter Monica sang a searing “I Love the Lord” in honor of Whitney Houston, before ceding the stage to Chaka Khan, who belted out “I’m Every Woman” to close the segment.
It was an amazing BET Awards, made even more amazing by the incredibly talented host of ASCAP members that participated and won awards.
Congratulations to all of our BET Awards winners!
Best Female R&B Artist
The Throne (Jay-Z)
Wale feat. Miguel - “Lotus Flower Bomb”
The Throne (Jay-Z) feat. Otis Redding - "Otis"
Video of the Year
Video Director of the Year
Mindless Behavior - "Hello"
CocaCola Viewers’ Choice Award
For the full list of nominees and winners, visit www.bet.com/betawards.