Thursday, June 29, 2006


Strange sights at the Black Entertainment Television awards in the US: Eminem turned up and did a song with Busta Rhymes - not really looking like the trembling wreck his spokesperson was suggesting he was the other day; Beyonce and Jay-Z did a duet, to quash rumours about a marriage rift, although since we'd not heard any of these rumours, that might not be a job done that well; and there was a supergroup featuring Chaka Khan, Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Thrillingly, there was even a tie in one of the awards, with Kanye West and Mary J Blige having to share the best video prize - we wonder if they'll do what the Woolpack and the Malt Shovel did when the Butterworth Ball match was tied, and one has the trophy for six months and then passes it to the other.

Thise winners in full, then:

BET J Cool Like That - Anthony Hamilton

Best Female Hip Hop - Missy Elliott

Best New Artist - Chris Brown

Best Male Athlete - LeBron James

Best Male R&B - Prince

Best Male Hip Hop - T.I.

Best Female R&B - Mary J. Blige

Best Duet/Collaboration - Kanye West f/ Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"

Best Gospel Artist - Kirk Franklin

Lifetime Achievement Award - Chaka Khan

Humanitarian Award - Harry Belafonte

Viewer's Choice - Chris Brown, "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"

Video of the Year - *tie* Mary J. Blige, "Be Without You" and Kanye West f. Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"