Houston honoured at BET Awards
Whitney Houston's mother paid tribute to her late daughter at the BET Awards.
Cissy Houston gave a rousing performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water that left the crowd in tears, including Beyonce and Melanie Fiona.
Mariah Carey opened the tribute with memories of her friend. She was followed by a moving number by Monica. Brandy, heavily influenced by Whitney, sang two of the late singer's hits. Chaka Khan blazed the stage with I'm Every Woman, which Whitney remade. Gary Houston, Whitney's brother, also performed.
But the nearly four-hour BET Awards was more like the Bleep Awards, as entire segments of performances from Nicki Minaj to Rick Ross were muted out due to foul language.
It started during the opening number by Kanye West's G.O.O.D. music group, which included Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. There were long moments of censored silence when the rappers performed Mercy, though not all the offending words were bleeped out.
Moments later, Samuel L Jackson, the show's host, was joined by Spike Lee as they did a comedic version of Jay-Z and West's hit song ... In Paris, to laughs.
The censor police also worked overtime when Rick Ross performed with his Maybach Music Group and during Nicki Minaj's performance and acceptance speech for best female hip-hop artist.
Kanye and Jay-Z won the ceremony's top prize, earning video of the year for Otis. They also won best group.
Beyonce won video director of the year (along with Alan Ferguson) and best female R&B artist and thanked the genre and her female influences. "I fell in love with music by listening to R&B. It's the core of who I am," she said, giving special thanks to Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige and "Whitney Houston, my angel".