Who knew the summer of 2001 would be so hot? The BET Awards, which took place at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, made sure the desert stayed smoking. For one, hosts Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer kept the audience giggling with their amazing comedic chemistry.
On stage, Destiny’s Child got “Bootylicious;” Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Pharrell kept the party going during their performances of “Fiesta,” “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” and “H to The Izzo;” and Outkast, the Best Male Group winners, really tore the roof off with their hits "Miss Jackson" and "So Fresh and So Clean" when they performed with a live band.
Some of the night’s biggest winners included Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Lil’ Bow Wow and Outkast, along with Denzel Washington and Allen Iverson. Marion Jones, who took home the Olympic gold medal at the Brisbane, Australia games, also snagged a Female Athlete of the Year BET Award. Yet no one won bigger than Whitney Houston, who gracefully accepted the Lifetime Achievement award at the tender age of 38. With a tribute performance from Luther Vandross and Christina Aguilera, the powerhouse songstress knocked the audience out with her own performances of "I Have Nothing" and "I Will Always Love You."