Sneaker Watch // BET Awards 2012

words // Brandon Richard

The 2012 BET Awards was ironically the show's 12th Annual installment, and the event was a fairly star-studded affair. Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music opened the show with a live performance of their lead single "Mercy," which 'Ye followed with an a capella version of his verse from "New God Flow." In the verse he makes a controversial claim that his Yeezys have 'jumped over the Jumpman.' Bold, but what else can we expect from the boisterous Chi-Town wordsmith? Other highlights included Spike Lee joining Samuel L. Jackson for a parody performance of " Paris," the return of D'Angelo, a moving tribute to the late Whitney Houston, Soulja Boy weeping and as we all predicted - a closing performance of "Cashin' Out" by Cash Out himself. Doesn't get much better than that.

Here, we're all about the footwear, and there were definitely some kicks worth mentioning spotted at last night's show. The night was dominated by "high-fashion" sneakers, including pairs by Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Giuseppe Zanotti, Pierre Hardy and more. Of course, the aforementioned Yeezy 2 turned up on the feet of a couple of showgoers. Wale debuted the "Phoenix" colorway of the upcoming Nike Air Penny V. Chris Brown performed in "Playoff" Jordan 12s and matching body paint. Rick Ross and Meek Mill represented their respective endorsed brands. Fittingly, Cash Out closed the show in LeBron 9s.

Keep an eye out for these kicks and more in this BET Awards 2012 edition of Sole Collector Celebrity Sneaker Watch.

images via Zimbio

Swizz Beatz wearing Alexander McQueen Cream Gomm Sneakers

Swizz Beatz arrives in Alexander McQueen Cream Gomm sneakers.

Future wearing Giuseppe Zanotti Red Patent Leather Sneakers

All peace for Future in Giuseppe Zanotti red patent leather sneakers.

Trey Songz wearing Y-3 LE Savage

Trey Songz looks on in the Y-3 LE Savage.

Birdman wearing Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato Tartan

Birdman in Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato Tartan, pleighboi.

Bobby Valentino wearing Maison Martin Margiela Mirror Sneakers

Bobby Valentino wearing Maison Martin Margiela Mirror sneakers.

Diggy Simmons wearing Pierre Hardy Leather High Top Sneakers

Diggy Simmons collected his first BET Award in blue Pierre Hardy leather high-top sneakers.

Soulja Boy wearing Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato Leopard Ponyhair Sneakers

Before shedding tears, Soulja Boy hit the red carpet in Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato leopard ponyhair sneakers.

Big Sean wearing adidas Originals Pro Model

Big Sean arrived in custom Pro Models from adidas Originals.

Machine Gun Kelly wearing Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

Machine Gun Kelly performed on the pre-show in Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars.

Kanye West wearing Nike Air Yeezy 2 II Platinum

Kanye West made a bold statement in more ways than one wearing the "Platinum" Nike Air Yeezy 2.

Spike Lee wearing Nike Air Yeezy 2 II Black Solar Red

Spike Lee joined host Sam Jackson for a performance in the Nike Air Yeezy 2.

Usher wearing Raf Rimons Red High-Top Sneakers

Usher backstage after his performance in Raf Simons red high-top sneakers.

Jamie Foxx wearing adidas Originals Pro Model White Red

Jamie Foxx makes a meme-ready face in the adidas Originals Pro Model.

Wale wearing Nike Air Penny V 5 Phoenix

Wale shows off his award in the "Phoenix" Nike Air Penny V.

Kevin Hart wearing Christian Louboutin Louis Satin Leopard Sneakers

Kevin Hart drew some laughs in Christian Louboutin Louis Satin Leopard sneakers.

Rick Ross wearing Reebok Workout White

Rick Ross enjoys the show in the Reebok Workout.

Meek Mill wearing PUMA Clyde Leather

Meek Mill rocked the PUMA Clyde Leather.

Big Sean wearing Balenciaga Arena Black Leather Sneakers

Big Sean accepts in Balenciaga Arena black leather sneakers.

Chris Brown wearing Air Jordan XII 12 Playoff

Not sure why he was half painted, but Chris Brown pulled off this handstand in the "Playoff" Air Jordan 12.

Tyga Giuseppe Zanotti Black Patent Leather Sneakers

Tyga in the press room wearing Giuseppe Zanotti black patent leather high-top sneakers.

Wale wearing Giuseppe Zanotti Multicolored High Top Sneakers

Wale hits the stage in multicolored Giuseppe Zanotti high-top sneakers.

Cash Out wearing Nike LeBron 9

Cash Out closed the show in the Nike LeBron 9.