The Black Entertainment Television network established the BET Awards, in order to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in sports, music, acting and other fields of entertainment.
Three words inspired the BET Award Trophy, aspire, ascend, and achieve.
Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey hosted the 2002 BET Awards for the second year in a row, which was held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles California on June 25, 2002.
OutKast won the Best Group award. Omarion, Raz-B, and Lil' Fizz won the Viewer's Choice Award, Usher below won the Best Male R&B Artist award.
Alicia Keys had little competition in the Best New Artist category, they all were among others who won various awards.
From Jill Scott, to Alicia Keys the ladies represented like champions during a tribute to Muhammad Ali who received the Humanitarian Award for his battle against poverty and hunger.
Muhammad Ali Earth, Wind & Fire received the Lifetime Achievement Award. BET Awards also remembered two very talented artist gone too soon, Aaliyah who died August of 2001 and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes who died April of 2002. Click Image Below To Create Your Heart's Desire