Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson Reign Supreme at the BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, June 27  /PRNewswire/ -- The BET AWARDS '07, the annual
mega-salute to music, film and sports from BET Networks, delivered a
knock-out night full of performances, surprises and memorable moments live
from the Shrine Auditorium.

Mega-star Beyonce and first-time BET Awards nominee Jennifer Hudson each
walked away with two awards. Beyonce was named Best Female R&B Artist and won
for Video of the Year for the female-empowering "Irreplaceable," while Hudson
won Best New Artist and Best Female Actress.  Rapper T.I. repeated his win
from last year's awards for Best Hip Hop Artist, and Kirk Franklin also came
through with a repeat win for Best Gospel Artist. Ludacris and Mary J. Blige
were awarded Best Song Collaboration for "Runaway Love," and Gnarls Barkley
was named Best Group.

Actress/comedienne Mo'Nique hosted the "Main Event" for an unprecedented
LOS ANGELES, June 27  /PRNewswire/ -- The BET AWARDS '07, the annual
mega-salute to music, film and sports from BET Networks, delivered a
knock-out night full of performances, surprises and memorable moments live
from the Shrine Auditorium.

Mega-star Beyonce and first-time BET Awards nominee Jennifer Hudson each
walked away with two awards. Beyonce was named Best Female R&B Artist and won
for Video of the Year for the female-empowering "Irreplaceable," while Hudson
won Best New Artist and Best Female Actress.  Rapper T.I. repeated his win
from last year's awards for Best Hip Hop Artist, and Kirk Franklin also came
through with a repeat win for Best Gospel Artist. Ludacris and Mary J. Blige
were awarded Best Song Collaboration for "Runaway Love," and Gnarls Barkley
was named Best Group.

Actress/comedienne Mo'Nique hosted the "Main Event" for an unprecedented
third time, with sizzling performances by T.I., 50 Cent, Ciara, Diddy,
Keyshia Cole, Robin Thicke, Eve, Kelly Rowland and Ne-Yo. The BET Awards also
honored legendary songstress Diana Ross with the Lifetime Achievement Award,
and award-winning actor Don Cheadle was presented with the Humanitarian Award
for his efforts to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur.

A star-studded list of Hollywood heavyweights also made appearances at the
show, including: Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah, Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Nelly,
Alicia Keys, Nick Cannon, Michael Clark Duncan and Tyler Perry.

BET Networks also paid tribute to the late James Brown and Gerald Levert,
with performances by Bootsy Collins, Public Enemy (Chuck D, Flavor Flav,
Prof. Griffin and DJ Lord), Gladys Knight, and Yolanda Adams.

Encore telecasts of the BET AWARDS '07 are set for: Friday, June 29 from 8 -
11 p.m. ET/PT Sunday, July 1 from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT; Wednesday, July 4 from 8
- 11 p.m. ET/PT; Friday, July 6 from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT; Sunday, July 8 from 8
- 11 p.m. ET/PT; and Saturday, July 14 from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT.

  The following is a complete list of winners from the BET AWARDS '07:

  Best Female R&B
  Beyonce

  Best Male R&B
  Ne-Yo

  Best Group
  Gnarls Barkley

  Best Gospel Artist
  Kirk Franklin

  Best Hip Hop Artist
  T.I.

  Best New Artist
  Jennifer Hudson

  Best Collaboration (Song Title)
  Ludacris/Mary J. Blige (Runaway Love)

  Video of the Year (Song Title)
  Beyonce (Irreplaceable) - directed by Anthony Mandler

  Best Actor
  Forest Whitaker

  Best Actress
  Jennifer Hudson

  Male Athlete of the Year
  LeBron James (Basketball)

  Female Athlete of the Year
  Serena Williams (Tennis)

  BET J Cool Like That
  Gerald Levert

  Viewers' Choice Award Nominees (Song Title)
  Birdman & Lil Wayne (Stuntin' Like My Daddy)

  ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA)(NYSE: and)(NYSE:
VIA.B), is the leading provider of media and entertainment for African
Americans and consumers of Black culture globally.  The primary BET cable
network reaches more than 84 million households and can be seen in the United
States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET Digital Networks - BET J, BET Gospel,
and BET Hip-Hop - are brands that combine to serve a broader and more diverse
audience than the core network.  BET.com is the number one Internet
destination for their target audiences.  BET Mobile delivers music, gaming,
and video content to the target audiences on wireless devices across
virtually all service providers.  BET Event Productions is a full-scale event
management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the
globe.  BET International delivers BET content to the consumers of Black
culture around the world.  BET Networks inspires its audiences to make a
difference in their lives and communities with a series of impactful and
pro-social initiatives under the Touch BET umbrella.

SOURCE: BET Networks
 
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