Lamar, who scored eight nominations, won the awards for best new artist and best male hip-hop artist at the 3-1/2 hour show at Hollywood’s Nokia Theater, which was hosted by actor and comedian Chris Tucker.
Speaking to “all my little homeboys and homegirls back in the city,” Lamar noted that he too came from a world of food stamps, welfare and public assistance housing.
“You’re looking me on TV right now. This is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to,” Lamar said.
Douglas, 17 and an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, took home both the Young Stars award and the Sportswoman of the Year honor. “I’m really shocked right now,” Douglas said after winning her second award of the night.
Drake’s “Started at the Bottom” won Video of the Year, one of the night’s top awards. He also won the Viewers’ Choice award.
Foxx, who starred in “Django Unchained,” was named Best Actor.
The Sportsman of the Year honor went to NBA and Miami Heat star LeBron James, while another Heat player, Dwyane Wade, was presented with the humanitarian award as founder of the Wade’s World Foundation, aimed at helping at-risk children in underserved communities with educational, health and family service programs.
Veteran R&B singer and former Gap Band lead vocalist Charlie Wilson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Justin Timberlake, who performed alongside Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg in tribute to Wilson’s career.
The BET award for Best Movie went to the romantic comedy “Think Like a Man.”