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Alicia Keys Crowned Artist of Decade at BET Awards

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BET celebrated it's 10th anniversary of the BET Awards in style on June 27. The show, which was held in Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, featured some special surprise performances.

For 12-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, the night was hers.

The J Records recording artist was honored with the Artist of the Decade Award and sang some of her biggest hits, including 'If It Ain't You,' 'Unthinkable' and 'No One.' The newly pregnant singe-/songwriter also took home two awards – one for best collaboration with Jay-Z for 'Empire State of Mind' and another for another for best female R&B artist.

Prince received the Lifetime Achievement Award and hand-picked his favorite female vocalists to perform his classics.

The women included Janelle Monae, who opened the set with 'Let's Go Crazy,' followed by Esperanza Spalding's rendition of 'If I Was Your Girlfriend.' Alicia Keys returned to the stage to play piano and sing 'Adore' and climbed up onto of the piano toward the end of her performance. Closing things out was Patti LaBelle with the seminal hit 'Purple Rain.' The legendary diva kicked off her shoes, and Prince caught one of them. LaBelle and his friend Chaka Khan presented Prince with the award.

This might have been Kanye West's first award show performance in over a year, but the night belonged to Chris Brown, who took the stage and gave the award show's most memorable performance – a tribute to the late, great King of Pop Michael Jackson.

Brown, who was set to perform last year's tribute to Jackson but was cut front the show at the last minute, danced to Jackson's biggest hits like 'Smooth Criminal,' 'The Way You Make Me Feel' and 'Remember the Time' before bursting in to tears during 'Man in the Mirror.' The crowd gave him a rousing standing ovation.

Brown was honored with the AOL Fandemonium Award, saying, "I didn't prepare a speech but I could never have done any of this without my fans, and I just want to say one thing. I let y'all down before but I won't do it again. I promise."

They might be rap newcomers, but Drake and Nicki Minaj took home rap honors. Drake, whose debut, 'Thank Me Later,' just hit stores a week ago, took home best male hip-hop artist. His label mate Minaj, who gave props to Jada Pinkett Smith in her speech, took home best female hip-hop artist. She also took the stage three times -- once with Diddy and Dirty Money for the remix to 'Hello, Good Morning' and later with Ludacris for 'My Chick Bad' and DJ Khaled for 'All I Do is Win.'

Both artists shouted out their Young Money rap crew and thanked their incarcerated mentor Lil' Wayne.

Finally, John Legend was honored with the Humanitarian Award.

Complete List of 'BET Awards '10' Award Winners:

Best Female R&B Artist:
Alicia Keys

Best Male R&B Artist:
Trey Songz

Best Gospel:
Marvin Sapp

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:
Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:
Drake

Best New Artist:
Nicki Minaj

Best Collaboration:
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys 'Empire State of Mind'

Video of the Year:
Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga 'Video Phone'

Video Director of the Year:
Hype Williams

Best Actress:
Mo'Nique

Best Actor:
Idris Elba

YoungStars Award:
Keke Palmer

Best Movie:
'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire'

Subway Sportwoman of the Year:
Serena Williams

Subway Sportman of the Year:
LeBron James

Centric Award:
Monica

Best International Act:
Dizzee Rascal (UK)

Humanitarian Award:
John Legend

Lifetime Achievement Award
Prince

Viewers' Choice Award
Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy 'Hard'

AOL Fandemonium Award
Chris Brown




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