Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé were all present at the BET Awards ceremony Sunday but the highlight of the show everyone is talking about today came from Cissy Houston.

The most emotional moment of the evening came as Houston’s mother Cissy Houston sang “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” as part of a 20-minute tribute to the late singer that included performances by Monica, Brandy and Houston’s brother Gary Houston.

The night also included tributes to other notables that left us in the past year. Chante Moore performed a medley of Donna Summer’s hits and Valerie Simpson sang a song in honor of her husband and writing partner Nick Ashford. Don Cornelius, Dick Clark and Hal Jackson were remembered. Also, right at the end of Kanye West’s performance, he name-dropped Rodney King and Whitney Houston.

Actor Jamie Foxx also wore a red shirt featuring a black-and-white photo of Trayvon Martin to the awards ceremony Sunday.

Whitney Houston tribute:

D’Angelo performed live on TV for the first time in years.

And then there was this situation, where

*The list of key winner’s at the BET Awards 2012: * Best group: Kanye West and Jay-Z Best actor: Kevin Hart Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams Sportsman of the year: Kevin Durant Best new artist: Big Sean Best male R&B artist: Chris Brown Best collaboration: Wale featuring Miguel “Lotus Flower Bomb” Best gospel: Yolanda Adams Best female R&B artist: Beyonce Best female hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj Video of the Year: Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Otis” Lifetime Achievement: Frankie Beverly featuring Maze Humanitarian Award: Rev. Al Sharpton Viewer’s Choice Award: Mindless Behavior Video Director of the Year: Beyonce and Alan Ferguson Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown Centric award: Common

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