Kendrick Lamar, Gabrielle Douglas among BET Award winners

Mon Jul 1, 2013 1:26am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teenage Olympian Gabrielle Douglas, rapper Kendrick Lamar, actor Jamie Foxx as well as singers Rihanna and Nicki Minaj were among the top winners at the annual BET Awards on Sunday.

The BET Awards celebrate black musicians, actors and athletes. The program is televised on the cable TV network BET, Black Entertainment Television, part of Viacom Inc.

Lamar, who scored eight nominations, won the awards for best new artist and best male hip-hop artist at the 3-1/2 hour show at Hollywood's Nokia Theater, which was hosted by actor and comedian Chris Tucker.

Speaking to "all my little homeboys and homegirls back in the city," Lamar noted that he too came from a world of food stamps, welfare and public assistance housing.

"You're looking me on TV right now. This is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to," Lamar said.

Douglas, 17 and an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, took home both the Young Stars award and the Sportswoman of the Year honor. "I'm really shocked right now," Douglas said after winning her second award of the night.

Drake's "Started at the Bottom" won Video of the Year, one of the night's top awards. He also won the Viewers' Choice award.

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist went to Nicki Minaj for a fourth consecutive year. She said each time she wins, "it's a humbling experience."

Rihanna took home the prize for Best Female R&B Pop Artist, while Miguel won the Best Male R&B Pop Artist award.   Continued...

Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas poses backstage with her youngstars award at the 2013 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California June 30, 2013. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok