Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Win Big at 2011 BET Awards

Check out the big winners, show-stopping performances, and shirtless men from the 2011 BET Awards.

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Recording artist Nicki Minaj and singer Justin Bieber
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The 2011 BET Awards were filled with star-studded performances by Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Kelley Rowland, Chris Brown and others. Kevin Hart, host, kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening. And, for better or worse, some of the male performers couldn't keep their shirts on. Click to see the stars that stole the show.
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Chris Brown picked up two awards, one for best male R&B artist and another for best collaboration for his song "Look At Me Now" with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. "All my fans are everything to me. I know it's been a long road. I just appreciate every blessing that's been put in front of me," Brown said.
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Trey Songz and ex-Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland took the stage in one of the hottest performances of the night, though Kelly, why'd you keep that hat on? Nobody could recognize you!
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Nicki Minaj took home the award for best female hip-hop artist. "I can't believe for the first time I get to share a moment like this with the person who saw me rapping on a staircase," she said of Lil Wayne. She also jokingly flirted with Justin Bieber onstage when they announced the winner of best male hip-hop artist, Kanye West, who didn't appear.
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Rick Ross was one of the first to bare his chest during the show. But, in the words of host Kevin Hart, "Rick, if you you wanna come out and take your shirt off, you should wear a sports bra." Agreed.
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Beyonce also performed — sort of. A taped performance from the songstress was shown, since she was abroad performing at the mega-music festival Glastonbury in England.
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Lil Wayne reveled his chest (and his patriotism, from the style of his shorts) when he performed with Drake.
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The Braxton sisters presented the award for Best Gospel.
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Wiz Khalifa snagged the award for Best New Artist. He's known for his debut single for Atlantic, "Black and Yellow."
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Ace Hood also couldn't resist the temptation to remove his shirt... was it hot in there or what?
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Chris Brown, who performed the Michael Jackson sampling "She Ain't You," appeared to have been sucked into an early 90's time warp with this M.C. Hammer-inspired outfit complete with shoulder pads.
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Trey Songz performed "Love Faces," and took off his shirt — even after host Kevin Hart said the young singer looks "like a beige greyhound" shirtless.
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Chris Brown performed again with Big Sean.
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Alicia Keys, always comfortable at the piano, sang (in bare feet!) "A Woman's Worth" with Bruno Mars.
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Dawn Richard, Sean Diddy Combs and Kalenna Harper of "Diddy Dirty Money" took home the award for Best Group. Though, show host Hart said it best when he told Diddy to "chill out" with the nicknames.
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Patti LaBelle graciously accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award, and also performed.
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The Five Heartbeats performed with After 7. The tight and shiny suits seemed to be a big hit, too.
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Not to be outdone, Ledisi performed in a stunning silver dress during the show.
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Lil Wayne and Ace Hood put on quite a performance with Rick Ross. A clever "Married With Children" reference sang by Wayne: "Swagger's just dumb. Call it Kelly Bundy."
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A demure-looking Queen Latifah also took the stage during the awards.
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Willow and Jaden Smith tied for the Young Stars Award — cute, but also expected. Also cute: Jaden's voice is already cracking! Awww...
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Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, and Judakiss opened the show, with Blige performing hits "All Night Long" and "Real Love." Sounding good, missy!
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Willow Smith and Jaden Smith arrive at the BET Awards... And how cute is Willow's shirt? Daddy "Fresh Prince" should be proud.
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Alicia Keys looked stunning in a white blazer and fire-engine red lips.
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Nicki Minaj struck a sultry pose as she arrived at the awards. The songstress's look is lightyears away from the outfit she sported in The Lonely Island's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPZmPaHme0">"The Creep"</a> video.
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Justin Bieber made an appearance at the awards, much to the joy of 13-year-old girls everywhere.
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R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo looked suave in a black brimmed hat and leather jacket. He was recently named #16 on VIBE's "21 Most Important Black Artists Alive Under 40" list.
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English R&B singer-songwriter Estelle made an appearance. No stranger to awards shows, she won a Grammy in 2009 for “American Boy” featuring Kanye West.
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Nick Cannon looked like a proper gentleman in a fitted white suit and tie.
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Nelly, who made a stellar solo debut in 2000 with his album "Country Grammar," made an appearance.
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Jill Scott, who will debut two albums this summer, arrived in a sleek goddess-style gown.
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Eve made a glamorous arrival at the awards. She won a Grammy in 2002 for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani.
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Singer and actress Kelly Rowland, 30, arrives at the awards. The singer sold more than 50 million records with girl super-group "Destiny's Child."
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