Chris Brown performs at the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles on July 1, 2012. (Reuters/Phil McCarten)
The BET Awards on Sunday split top honors among several artists, including Beyonce and Chris Brown, in a telecast filled with lively performances.
Beyonce was named best female R&B artist, while Brown, who performed his hit single "Turn Up the Music" from his new album "Fortune," earned the title best male artist. Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West won best group with their smash hit album "Watch the Throne."
The annual BET Awards celebrate black musicians, actors and athletes, giving out awards in 20 categories at a show that airs on the cable TV network, BET.
Coming into the night, award nominees were led by Kanye West in seven categories, followed by Beyonce, with six nods, and her rapper husband Jay-Z with five.
Along with the best group trophy, Jay-Z and Kanye West won video of the year for "Otis," beating Beyonce and Usher.
Brown picked up the best male R&B artist award for the second year running, while rapper Big Sean took home the coveted best new artist award. Rappers Wale and Miguel picked up the best collaboration accolade for their song "Lotus Flower Bomb."
Best female hip-hop artist went to Nicki Minaj, and comedian Kevin Hart took best actor, edging out stiff competition from Don Cheadle, Common, Idris Elba and Denzel Washington.
Rappers from Kanye West's GOOD music label kicked off the show, before West took the stage to sing "Cold," the track that made headlines earlier this year after West rapped about falling in love with Kim Kardashian.
Kardashian, whom West is now dating, joined Beyonce and rapper Nicki Minaj in the front row of the audience at the show.