The Black Entertainment Television event recognizes people of color in music, film and sports categories. The awards are voted by record label executives, media and fans.
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Hosts for the ceremony Tuesday evening at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre were comedians Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer.
Halle Berry, who won a best actress Oscar for "Monster's Ball," took home the favorite actress prize; Will Smith, who starred in the boxing biography "Ali," won the actor award. Neither prize specified a particular role.
Earth Wind & Fire was recognized for more than 30 years of musical achievement. The group was founded by drummer Maurice White and includes his bassist brother Verdine White, and singer-percussionists Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson.
The Viewer's Choice award for Video of the Year went to B2K's "Uh-Huh," with 39 percent of the vote, edging out 37 percent for "Rock the Boat" by Aaliyah, 12 percent for Ja Rule and Ashanti's "Always On Time," 7 percent for Bow Wow's "Take Ya Home," and 3 percent for Alicia Keys' "Fallin.' "
Other winners at the second annual BET awards:
Music group: OutKast
Male R&B artist: Usher
Female R&B artist: India.Arie
Male hip hop artist: Ja Rule
Female hip hop artist: Missy Elliott
New artist: Alicia Keys
Gospel artist: Yolanda Adams
Video of the year: "Pass The Courvoisier, Part II," Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy and Pharrell
Male athlete: Kobe Bryant
Female athlete: Laila Ali
Chairman's award: Dr. Bobby Jones, gospel singer