Arie was named best female R&B artist at the 2nd Annual BET Awards held Tuesday night at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. The event, organized by cable channel Black Entertainment Television, was hosted by comedians Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer to recognize people of color in music, film, television and sports.
Arie, however, still had to contend with Alicia Keys, who took home the best new artist prize.
Other music winners included Usher for best male R&B artist, Ja Rule for best male hip-hop artist, Missy Elliott for best female hip-hop artist and Yolanda Adams for best gospel artist.
Boxer Muhammad Ali was honored with a humanitarian award, and the rock-soul group Earth, Wind & Fire received a lifetime achievement award.
The BET Awards are determined by votes from record-label executives, media and fans.
Here is the full list of BET Awards winners:
Best music group: OutKast
Best male R&B artist: Usher
Best female R&B artist: India.Arie
Best new artist: Alicia Keys
Best male hip-hop artist: Ja Rule
Best female hip-hop artist: Missy Elliott
Best gospel artist: Yolanda Adams
Video of the year: "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II," Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy and Pharrell
Viewers' choice award: B2K
Best actor: Will Smith
Best actress: Halle Berry
Best male athlete: Kobe Bryant
Best female athlete: Laila Ali
Lifetime achievement award: Earth, Wind & Fire
Humanitarian award: Muhammad Ali Chairman's award: Dr. Bobby Jones