The biggest names in hip-hop, soul, R&B and rap came out for this year’s
Some of the most influential stars in the business, including Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj, were among the attendees.
However, one of the defining moments of the award show was a tribute paid by a mother of a deceased star.
Mariah Carey also struggled to maintain her composure when discussing Houston.
"I miss my friend," Carey said during the
The show was marked by its guests dropping curse words and obscenities that failed to make the censoring cut, making their way to be aired at the
Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross were among the offenders at this year’s
Many of the stars at the event performed. Kanye West’s music group, G.O.O.D., made up of Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz, performed their song “Mercy.”
Kanye West, who was nominated with seven
Beyonce won video director of the year and best female R&B artist. She was up against her husband, Jay-Z, for video of the year.
Chris Brown won for best R&B artist while Drake won for best hip-hop artist.