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Houston gets tribute from mother, R&B divas

Beyonce accepts the award for best female R& B at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Beyonce accepts the award for best female R& B at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Whitney Houston's mother performed a rousing, emotional tribute to her late daughter at the BET Awards.

Beyonce, Melanie Fiona and others cried as Cissy Houston sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" on Sunday night.

Chris Brown performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Chris Brown performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Mariah Carey opened the tribute with memories of her friend. She was followed by a moving number by Monica. Brandy, heavily influenced by Houston, sang two of the late singer's hits. Chaka Khan blazed the stage with "I'm Every Woman," which Houston remade. Gary Houston, Whitney's brother, also performed.

Nicki Minaj accepts the award for best female hip-hop artist at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Nicki Minaj accepts the award for best female hip-hop artist at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

The nearly four-hour show also featured Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay-Z. The latter two won video of the year for "Otis"; they also won best group. Beyonce and Chris Brown were among the double winners.

Kanye West, left, and Jay-Z accept the award for best group for "The Throne" at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Kanye West, left, and Jay-Z accept the award for best group for "The Throne" at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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