‘BET Awards 12' Draws 7.4 Million Viewers

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Sunday's BET Awards '12 special drew 7.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

The show, which featured performances by Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Melanie Fiona - as well as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston - fell short of 7.7 million viewers for the BET Awards 11, but was up over the show's 2010 edition, according to network officials.

R&B group Frankie Beverly featuring Maze recevied a Lifetime Achievement Award and Rev. Al Sharpton was honored with a special Humanitarian award during the telecast, hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson.