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?

The Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s superstar duo, easily wins best group, but Twitter is more interested in Kim Kardashian.

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Best New Artist Big Sean thanks his grandmother. She wanted him to win, right?

Chris Brown accepts the award for Best Male R&B Artist.

No, your TV is not broken. The sound should return to normal following Nicki Minaj’s performance.

Yolanda Adams accepts the Best Gospel award and urges the audience to “keep God first.”

A live performance by the reclusive D’Angelo brings Beyonce and others to their feet. Yes, Beyonce is in attendance.

Beyonce wins Best Female R&B Artist.

Best Female Hip Hop Artist goes to Nicki Minaj for the third year in a row. She gives a brief (one-bleep) acceptance speech.

Accepting the Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of Maze, Frankie Beverly offers some advice.

“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.”

Squashing rumors that he was arrested backstage for gun possession, Chris Brown puts an AutoTune unit through the paces.

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.

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.

We’ll see you at the Twitchy after party below.