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!”
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 Knight, Patti 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.
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!”
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 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
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