The Oscar-winning Hudson picked up awards for Best Actress and Best New Artist, while Beyoncé won the Video of the Year award for “Irreplaceable” and best female rhythm-and-blues artist.
The two 25-year-old stars were the only award winners to take in more than one award at the seventh-annual ceremony, held in Los Angeles.
Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Chaka Khan paid individual tributes to Diana Ross, who received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Among the artists who performed at the ceremony were 50 Cent, T.I., Beyonce, Diddy and Lil’ Kim.
The complete list of winners:
• Female R&B Artist: Beyoncé;
• Male R&B Artist: Ne-Yo;
• Group: Gnarls Barkley;
• Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin;
• Hip-Hop Artist: T.I.;
• New Artist: Jennifer Hudson;
• Collaboration: Ludacris/Mary J. Blige, "Runaway Love";
• Video of the Year: Beyoncé, "Irreplaceable";
• Actor: Forest Whitaker;
• Actress: Jennifer Hudson;
• Male Athlete of the Year: LeBron James (basketball);
• Female Athlete of the Year: Serena Williams (tennis);
• BET Cool Like That: Gerald Levert;
• Viewers' Choice: Birdman & Lil Wayne, "Stuntin' Like My Daddy";
• Humanitarian Award: Don Cheadle; and
Lifetime Achievement Award: Diana Ross.