Hot Spot of the Day: The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

Controversial R n'B star Chris Brown hams it up as he poses for photographers with his trophies at the BET awards in Los Angeles. The star won four awards at the ceremony, including Best Male R and B artist. (Pacific Coast News)more pics » Chris Brown (Pacific Coast News) Chris Brown has plenty of reasons to be smiling these days. His single, "Look At Me Now," has spent six weeks atop Billboard's Hot R&B chart. And when he showed up at the Shrine Auditorium for the 2011 BET Awards, he cooly walked away with five trophies, easily cementing the place as our Hot Spot of the Day.

While Brown was by no means the only star at the award ceremony, he was far and away the uncontested winner. The 22-year-old took home an armful of trophies, including male R&B artist and video of the year. But when the Los Angeles crowd wasn't clamoring for more Brown, they were treated to a host of other top talent, like the always sexy Kelly Rowland, rappers Drake and Wiz Khalifa, and yes, even Justin Bieber.

Around since 1926, the Shrine Auditorium looks more like a Moroccan mansion than a venue, yet the place is best known for hosting the Academy Awards, Grammys and Primetime Emmys. If you were anxiously wondering what bad things have occurred there, you'll be thrilled to know that in 1984 Michael Jackson filmed his now infamous Pepsi commercial at the Shrine -- only to see his hair accidentally light on fire due to a pyrotechnics malfunction.

Still not getting a good image in your head of the venue? Here's a better shot of the Shrine Auditorium, in relation to the rest of Los Angeles:



And now back to the stars of the 2011 BET Awards. Seeing as Brown was the man of the hour, it'd be wrong not to show you how bizarrely dressed he was. Chris+Brown in Chris Brown at the BET Awards
Controversial R n'B star Chris Brown hams it up as he poses for photographers with his trophies at the BET awards in Los Angeles. The star won four awards at the ceremony, including Best Male R and B artist. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »We're not sure what you call this outfit, but it's a clear step up from what he wore above. We imagine Brown put on those parachute pants knowing he would later have five trophies to line his enormous pockets with. Such impressive foresight!
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Singer Chris Brown performs onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
He won trophies. He wore extremely strange outfits. And he even got to ride a bicycle around on stage. If only all of our lives made this little sense.
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Singer Chris Brown speaks onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Wiz Khalifa won the award for Best New Artist. But then host Kevin Hart made sure to upstage the guy by running around with his belt unbuckled and no shirt on.
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Kevin "Chocolate Droppa" Hart (L) and rapper Wiz Khalifa speak onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Kelly Rowland put on a steamy performance of her No. 1 single, "Motivation." It appears that she was inspired by the premiere of True Blood Season 4. At least, we assume that's why she let a bunch of half naked men try to eat her on stage.
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Singer Kelly Rowland performs onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
In case anyone in the audience didn't realize who the pop star was, the brains behind the BET Awards made sure to strategically place teenage girls holding "Bieber" signs behind him. Genius.
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Singer Justin Bieber speaks onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Drake not only picked up the Viewer's Choice award, he had it in him to perform alongside a shirtless Lil Wayne. Now that's brave.
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(L-R) Rappers Drake, Lil Wayne, and DJ Khaled perform onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Check out plenty more pictures from the BET Awards -- held at the Shrine Auditorium -- here:
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And, as always, don't forget to scope out all the celebrity hot spots around the world.

I'm a former Associate Editor at Zimbio.
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