Names in the news, June 28: BET Awards

Posted June 27, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.

Chris Brown (photo) collected four BET Awards presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night. The 21-year-old singer won a pair of prizes early in the show and two fan-voted awards at the end of the ceremony. Brown was named best male R&B artist and won best collaboration for his song “Look At Me Now” with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Brown accepted the collaboration award after performing a medley that including the winning track. “Public-speaking is not my strong suit,” he said, thanking BET and his fans before passing the microphone to Wayne, who expressed gratitude to Brown for including him on the track. Busta Rhymes rapped his acceptance. Amid the awards for the top artists, actors and athletes, Steve Harvey was recognized for his humanitarian work. He thanked God and his fellow philanthropists as he accepted the honor. Patti LaBelle also accepted a special honor at Sunday’s ceremony; Gladys Knight presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I plan to hold myself up higher because I’ve gotten this wonderful award,” the 67-year-old singer said, and then she grabbed a microphone and sang a pair of hits, including the breakthrough hit “Lady Marmalade.” Lil Wayne also came on stage when Nicki Minaj accepted her award for best female hip-hop artist. “I can’t believe for the first time I get to share a moment like this with the person who saw me rapping on a staircase,” she said of the rapper and producer. Minaj was joined by Justin Bieber to present the male hip-hop artist award later in the show. Kanye West won but wasn’t on hand to accept the trophy. Other winners included Diddy Dirty Money, named best group, and Jaden Smith and Willow Smith, who tied as winners of the Young Stars award.

DRUG BUST  Police officers stand guard over seized packages of cocaine as they are displayed for the press at a police station in Medellin, Colombia, on Monday. About970 pounds of cocaine were seized Monday during a raid in Santa Fe of Antioquia state, according to police.

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