Jennifer Hudson Triumphs at an Emotional BET Awards

Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has triumphed at the seventh annual Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards.

The Oscar-winning star picked up two prizes at the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, where she was named Best Actress and Best New Artist for her role in Dreamgirls.

After performing alongside original Broadway Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday on “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the musical-turned-movie, Hudson was shocked to have been awarded the awards, telling the audience, “I can’t believe I’m still winning awards!”

Hudson‘s Dreamgirls costar Beyonce also picked up two awards for “Irreplaceable”–which was named Video of the Year–and Best Female R&B Artist, despite being nominated in six categories.

O Jays singer Eddie Levert paid a moving tribute to his late son, Gerald, who died in November last year, by performing “Wind Beneath My Wings” alongside Gladys KnightPatti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams. An emotional LaBelle later described Gerald as “one of the best voices around.”

Hip-hop star Ne-Yo, who was named Best Male R&B Artist, dedicated his win to the late singer, who was also nominated in the same category.

Legendary performer Diana Ross was given a Lifetime Achievement award, with Stevie WonderErykah Badu and Chaka Khan paying individual tributes to the star.

Ross told the crowd of her career, “I have tried to keep the standards high. We do not have to say the f-word, we do not have to pump and grind, we do not have to do some of these things to have longevity in our career… I will do the diva master class for you!”

50 Cent, T.I., Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Fabolous, Diddy, Keyshia Cole and Lil’ Kim were among the stars who performed at the star-studded award ceremony.

The full list of winners is:

Video of the Year: Beyonce–“Irreplaceable”

Best Group: Gnarls Barkley

Best Actor: Forest Whitaker

Best Actress: Jennifer Hudson

Best Hip-Hop Artist: T.I.

Best Collaboration: Ludacris Featuring Mary J. Blige–“Runaway Love”

Best New Artist: Jennifer Hudson

Best Male Athlete: Lebron James

Best Female Athlete: Serena Williams

Best Cool Like That: Gerald Levert

Best Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin

Best Male R&B Artist: Ne-Yo

Best Female R&B Artist: Beyonce

Viewers Choice Award: Birdman and Lil Wayne–“Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”

Humanitarian Award: Don Cheadle

Lifetime Achievement Award: Diana Ross