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50 Cent wins two BET Awards
50 Cent opened the 2003 BET Awards with a performance and ended it as the big winner. 50 took home honors for Best New Artist and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, tying him with B2K, who won Best Music Group and the Viewers' Choice Award, for the most awards overall. The third annual event, held Tuesday at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, was full of surprises, the biggest being a Michael Jackson appearance and the smallest in the form of actor Tony Cox, who closed the show with a punctuation mark (and a punchout of Tiny Lister). Jackson unexpectedly arrived on stage during Lifetime Achievement Award honoree James Brown's performance and danced for a bit before presenting the Godfather of Soul with the award. Cox, meanwhile, 'rescued' host Mo'Nique with a low blow to Lister, who had been humorously policing the plugs of the presenters all night. Besides 50's set featuring Best Female Hip-Hop Artist winner Missy Elliott and Nate Dogg and the pairing of legends, there were a number of other notable performances, including Snoop Dogg and Pharrell (whose "Beautiful" won Best Collaboration), Beyonce and Jay-Z, Lil' Kim, Ashanti, R. Kelly and last but far from least, DMC and an all-star lineup of DJs -- Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri, and DJ Premier -- who paid tribute to the late Jam Master Jay. The 411 Online was in the house for everything, and we'll be bringing you hundreds of photos and interviews with Ludacris, Snoop, Baby, Pharrell, Tyrese, Mya, all of the DJs and more throughout the week.

Nominees and winners

Photos
Media day
Bonecrusher
Bonecrusher
Bonecrusher
Bonecrusher
Bonecrusher
Money B
Syleena Johnson
Syleena Johnson
Syleena Johnson
Mystic
Loon
Loon
Loon
Loon
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean
Ramaya
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
Joe Budden
Joe Budden
Joe Budden
Joe Budden
Joe Budden
Da Brat
Da Brat
Da Brat
Da Brat
Da Brat
TQ, Boo & Gotti
TQ, Boo & Gotti
Musiq
Musiq
Tyrese
Tyrese
Tyrese
Tyrese
Gang Starr

Rehearsals
The BET Awards stage
Fireworks testing for Ashanti
Ashanti practices her dance steps
Ashanti waits in the dark for the music to start
Ashanti takes a seat in the spotlight
Ashanti starts the opening sequence
Ashanti casts a shadow in the smoke
Ashanti finishes off her rehearsal

Red carpet
Outside the Kodak Theatre
The 106 & Park stage
106 & Park's A.J.
106 & Park's Free
106 & Park's Free
106 & Park's Free
Floetry
Floetry
Floetry
Dara from "Metropolis TV" in Detroit
Lil' Zane
Lil' Zane
Lil' Zane
Tisha Campbell-Martin
Tisha Campbell-Martin
Judge Greg Mathis
Judge Greg Mathis
Big Tigger with Floetry
Michael Colyar
Sweepstakes winner Marlon Townes
Big Tigger reads from his cue cards
BET's Jacque Reid
Mark Curry
Mark Curry
Murphy Lee
Big Tigger and Duane Martin
Youngbloodz
Youngbloodz
Roscoe
Roscoe
Tony Cox
Tiny Lister
Tiny Lister
Divorce Court's Judge Mablean Ephriam
Kiko Ellsworth
Kiko Ellsworth
Clipse
Clipse
Clipse
Denver Broncos' Clinton Portis
Indiana Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal
Indiana Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal
Duane Martin
3LW
3LW
LaToya Jackson
LaToya Jackson
LaToya Jackson
Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique and her son
American Idol's Kimberley Locke
American Idol's Kimberley Locke
American Idol's Kimberley Locke
American Idol's Kimberley Locke
American Idol's Kimberley Locke
Jeffrey Osbourne
Marques Houston and his sister
Marques Houston's sister
Syleena Johnson
Syleena Johnson
Syleena Johnson
Syleena Johnson
Bonecrusher
Bonecrusher
Killa Mike
The fellas from FUBU
Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight
Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg
Real World Las Vegas' Irulan and Alton
Real World Las Vegas' Irulan and Alton
Real World Las Vegas' Irulan and Alton
Real World Las Vegas' Irulan and Alton
Real World Las Vegas' Irulan and Alton
Laila Ali
Laila Ali
Laila Ali
Laila Ali
Laila Ali
Kristoff St. John
Ms. Jade
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
American Idol's Ruben Studdard
American Idol's Ruben Studdard
American Idol's Ruben Studdard
American Idol's Ruben Studdard
Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon
Baby
Baby
Mannie Fresh
Loon
Leon
Kim Coles
Kim Coles
Tyrese
Tyrese and his many dates
Tyrese and his many dates
Tyrese and his many dates
DMC
DMC
DMC
Mya
Mya
Mya
Mya
Mya
India Arie
Gang Starr
Gang Starr
Kid Capri
DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Premier
DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash, Kid Capri and DJ Premier
Guru surrounded by pimps
Lil' Bow Wow
Lil' Bow Wow
Yolanda Adams
Vivian Green
Vivian Green
Monica
Monica
Monica
Monica's tattoo and not much else
Snoop Dogg and Warren G
Snoop Dogg and Warren G
Snoop Dogg and Warren G
Snoop Dogg and Warren G (still taking a look over his shoulder)
Warren G
Snoop Dogg
Warren G
Musiq
Ludacris
Ludacris
Ludacris and Chingy
Buth Lewis
Johnnie Cochran
A.J. Johnson
Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child
Michelle Williams with Ramaya
BET President, COO Debra L. Lee
Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child
Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child
Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child
Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa Lathan
Nicole Ari Parker
Elise Neal
Meagan Good
Kim Fields
Pharrell
Kim Fields and Pharrell
Lil' Jon
Lil' Jon
Da Brat
Da Brat
Da Brat
Kenya Moore
Kenya Moore
Kenya Moore
Kenya Moore and American Idol's Trenyce
Sole
Bishop "Magic" Don Juan
Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle Beauvais
Usher
Usher and Chilli
Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox
Blu Cantrell
Blu Cantrell and Paris Hilton
Blu Cantrell
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
Rakim
Rakim
Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim
Wanda Sykes

Media center
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Ludacris
Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey
Baby
Baby
Baby
Kid Capri, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and DMC
DJ Premier, Kid Capri, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and DMC
DJ Premier, Kid Capri, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and DMC
DJ Premier, Kid Capri, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and DMC
DJ Premier, Kid Capri, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and DMC
DJ Premier, Kid Capri, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and DMC
DJ Premier, Kid Capri, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and DMC
DJ Premier, Kid Capri, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and DMC
Tyrese
Mya
Mya
Mya
Magic Johnson, Bob Johnson and the Charlotte Bobcats cheerleaders
BET founder Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson and the Bobcats cheerleaders
Bob Johnson and the Bobcats cheerleaders
Bob Johnson
Erykah Badu
B2K
Mo'Nique and her son
Usher
LisaRaye
LisaRaye
Tiny Lister and his wife
Tiny Lister and his wife

Nominees and winners (in bold)
Best music group: B2K, Clipse, Floetry, Mary Mary, The Roots
Best male R&B artist (tie): Ginuwine, Jaheim, R. Kelly, Musiq, Justin Timberlake
Best female R&B artist: Amerie, India.Arie, Erykah Badu, Vivian Green, Heather Headley
Best male hip hop artist: 50 Cent, Baby, Eminem, Jay-Z, Nelly, Snoop Dogg
Best female hip hop artist: Missy Elliott, Eve, Lil' Kim, Ms. Jade, Trina
Best new artist: 50 Cent, Floetry, Heather Headley, Sean Paul, Justin Timberlake
Best gospel artist: Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, Tonex
Video of the year: "Girlfriend," B2K; "Love of My Life," Erykah Badu featuring Common; "Work It," Missy Elliott; "Lose Yourself," Eminem; "Hot in Herre," Nelly
Best collaboration: "Love of My Life," Erykah Badu featuring Common; "Gossip Folks," Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris & Ms Jade; "03 Bonnie & Clyde," Jay-Z featuring Beyonce; "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland; "Beautiful," Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
Favorite actor: Nick Cannon, Samuel L. Jackson, Derek Luke, Mos Def, Denzel Washington
Favorite actress: Halle Berry, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union
Male athlete of the year: Barry Bonds, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, Tiger Woods
Female athlete of the year: Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Serena Williams, Venus Williams
Viewer's choice: "In Da Club," 50 Cent; "Work It," Missy Elliott; "Ignition," R. Kelly; "Bump, Bump, Bump," B2K featuring P. Diddy; "Love of My Life," Erykah Badu featuring Common
Lifetime achievement: James Brown
Humanitarian award: Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Press conference
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Lil' Kim | Laila Ali, Mo'Nique and Lil' Kim | Nick Cannon and Laila Ali
Nick Cannon, Mo'Nique, Laila Ali and B2K | B2K | Mo'Nique and Stephen Hill


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