CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT, THE “BET AWARDS” 2021, DOMINATES THE AWARD SHOW ARENA





CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT, THE “BET AWARDS” 2021, DOMINATES THE AWARD SHOW ARENA AS THE BEST PERFORMING AWARDS SHOW THIS YEAR AMONG P18-49 WITH 2.4 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS TUNING IN ACROSS SEVEN VIACOMCBS NETS ON SUNDAY, JUNE 27
06/29/21

THE “BET AWARDS” GREW ITS AUDIENCE ON BET VS A YEAR AGO AND AMASSED

OVER 4.6 MM TOTAL VIEWERS P2+ (EDAC) TUNED IN TO BET, LEADING UP TO AND POST, THE CULTURE-DEFINING SPECIAL WITH OVER 8 CONSECUTIVE HOURS OF
BET AWARDS RELATED PROGRAMMING

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ON SOCIAL THE #BETAWARDS WAS ON FIRE, CLAIMING THE
#1 MOST SOCIAL SHOW ON ALL OF TV WITH 72 MM SOCIAL VIEWS,

UP +11% YEAR-OVER-YEAR

New York, NY – June 29, 2021– Culture’s biggest night, the “BET AWARDS” 2021, celebrated Black excellence and again raised the bar for award shows in creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. The LIVE award show premiered Sunday, June 27, solidified its position as the #1 Cable Awards Show among P18-49 for the 2021 broadcast season, and is now the best performing award show with impressions this year*. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 drew 2.4 MM Total Viewers P2+ (EDAC), as it was simulcast LIVE across seven ViacomCBS networks including BET Her, MTV, MTV2, Logo, TV Land, and VH1, 1.7 MM Total Viewers P2+ tuning in on BET alone.* With over 8 hours of “BET AWARDS” related content including, “The Countdown to BET Awards” (719K P2+) and “DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: BET Awards Edition” (1.1M P2+), the network drew over 4.6 MM total Viewers P2+ (EDAC) and 3.7 MM Total Viewers P2+ on BET alone.**

Filled with non-stop exhilarating moments, the special secured the #1 Most Social Show on ALL of TV. Outperforming the Oscars and the Golden Globes, the “BET Awards” 2021 was the best performing telecast on BET Digital ever. Fans worldwide were immersed on multiple screens garnering over 72 M views across BET Digital, up +11 % from last year’s coverage, and up +31% from 2019.***

The 2021 “BET AWARDS” social and digital highlights include***:

72M views to date across BET Digital, up +11% from last year’s coverage, and up +31% from 2019. It was the best “BET Awards” ever on BET Digital.
#1 most-watched TV show on social (6/27/21).
12.4M social views, up +40% year-over-year.
#1 most social program across TV (6/27/21).
#1 Most Social Cable awards show year-to-date (1/1/21-6/26/21).
10.2M social interactions, growing +83% year-over-year and up +64% from 2019.
#BETAwards trended on Twitter in the #1 spot consecutively for 5 hours worldwide.
“Last year, we proudly did the unthinkable producing the first official awards show amid a global pandemic while pushing our creative boundaries,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “This year, we worked tirelessly to safely deliver an award show unlike any other that not only exceeded our expectations but continues to illustrate and celebrate the beauty and excellence of Black culture. And we did this with a live fully vaccinated audience and all-star lineup of talent that trusted us with their creative vision and biggest moments.”

“We are thrilled with the remarkable success and viewership of the BET Awards,” said BET President Scott Mills. “We have been at the forefront of turning our signature programming events into massive cultural entertainment touchpoints that authentically celebrate the Black community as no other brand can.”

An additional encore viewing of the 2021 “BET AWARDS” aired immediately following the Post-show at 12:50 AM EDT. Fans can catch an additional airing Wednesday, June 30 at 5:30 PM ET.

BET honored an incredible and inspiring lineup of artists, entertainers and cultural icons across more than 20 categories at The “BET AWARDS” 2021. The iconic show, hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, aired live at 8 pm ET/PT on BET on Sunday, June 27, with a fully vaccinated audience. This year’s extraordinary show highlighted the absolute best in entertainment and culture with stunning performances and appearances by the biggest names across television, film, and music.

The “BET AWARDS,” which has become synonymous with powerful Black talent and social commentary, continues to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after addition, the awards proclaimed it as the “Year of the Black Woman” to celebrate and honor their immense impact on the culture. The ceremony was an unforgettable celebration of Black culture, love, joy, and pride.

With its highest number of musical acts ever the show featured performances by Andra Day, Busta Rhymes, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, Griselda, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Buck and Jon, Lil Durk, Lil Kim, Lil Nas X, MC Lyte,Megan Thee Stallion, Mereba, Method Man, Michael K. Williams, Migos, Monie Love,Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Swizz Beatz, The Lox,Tone Stith, Tyler The Creator and more. Ashanti, Chloe Bailey, Ciara, Crystal Renee Hayslett, DJ Cassidy, Ebony Obsidian,Eva Marcille, Issa Rae, Jennifer Hudson,Jill Scott, KJ Smith, Lena Waithe, Marsai Martin, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor, Mignon,Mj Rodriguez, Naomi Campbell, Novi Brown,Regina Hall, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Saweetie, Sevyn Streeter also made a special appearance at the award show.

For the latest “BET AWARDS” 2021 news and updates, please visit BET.com/BETAwards.

The “BET Awards” 2021 is Executive Produced by Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET and Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For photos of the red carpet, backstage, and performances, go to the “BET AWARDS” 2021 dedicated press room at www.BETpressroom.com.

*Source: BET Awards simulcast had least P18-49 % imps decline vs. prior installment among competitive tentpoles in 2021

**Source: Nielsen (Live+SD) | Total BET Awards related programming includes Pre-show, BET Awards & BET Awards. (duration weighted imps), Pass the Mic Post-show, and BET Awards Encore (based on Nielsen Fasties) | Cumulative sum of average impressions on BET/EDAC nets as referred

***Source:: YouTube Analytics, Conviva, Tubular, ListenFirst, Abode Analytics, Talkwalker Social Content Ratings, Trends24; 1/1/21-6/27/21

ABOUT BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows—Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.



“JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH” TAKE TOP HONORS AT THE “BET AWARDS” 2021





MEGAN THEE STALLION, CARDI B, H.E.R., JAZMINE SULLIVAN, SILK SONIC, LIL BABY, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, ANDRA DAY, AND “JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH” TAKE TOP HONORS AT THE “BET AWARDS” 2021
06/28/21

LEGENDARY RAPPER DMX REMEMBERED WITH TRIBUTE PERFORMANCES BY BUSTA RHYMES, GRISELDA, MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS, METHOD MAN, SWIZZ BEATZ, LIL BUCK AND JON, THE LOX AND MORE

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QUEEN LATIFAH HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT BET AWARD WITH PERFORMANCES BY LIL KIM, RAPSODY, MONIE LOVE AND MC LYTE

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ANDRA DAY, SILK SONIC, CARDI B, CITY GIRLS, DABABY, DJ KHALED, H.E.R., JAZMINE SULLIVAN, KIRK FRANKLIN, LIL BABY, LIL DURK, LIL NAS X, MEGAN THEE STALLION, MIGOS, MONEYBAGG YO, RAPSODY, RODDY RICCH, TYLER THE CREATOR AND MORE DELIVERED EXPLOSIVE, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PERFORMANCES
#BETAWARDS

Los Angeles, CA (June 27, 2021) – Tonight, BET honored an incredible and inspiring lineup of artists, entertainers and cultural icons across more than 20 categories at The “BET AWARDS” 2021. The iconic show, hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, aired live at 8 pm ET/PT on BET on Sunday, June 27, 2021 with a fully vaccinated audience. This year’s extraordinary show highlighted the absolute best in entertainment and culture with stunning performances and appearances by the biggest names across television, film, and music.

“The BET AWARDS have yet again proven to be culture’s biggest night,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “From the amazing talent, extraordinary creativity, and performances, and our incredible live vaccinated audience, the energy of the night was unmatched and delivered some of the most buzzworthy moments of 2021! Throughout any circumstance, whether it be virtual, live, or whatever comes next, BET will continue to elevate the standard of awards shows.”

The “BET AWARDS,” which has become synonymous with powerful Black artistry and social commentary, continues to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after year.

This year’s awards were proclaimed as the “Year of the Black Woman” to celebrate and honor their immense impact on the culture. The ceremony was an unforgettable celebration of Black culture, love, joy, and pride.

The “BET AWARDS” 2021 Images

Red Carpet Arrivals

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Show

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Backstage

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Additional photos/assets available via the BET press room

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Photo credit for all images: BET

The “BET AWARDS” 2021 Clips

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*Broadcast restrictions further below.

The “BET AWARDS” 2021 Show Highlights Include:

Kirk Franklin and Lil Baby opened the show with a spirited performance of their hit song, “We Win” from the Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack.

Migos set the stage on fire with their performances of “Straightenin,” and “Type Shit” with Cardi B who gave the audience a mic-drop worthy performance and exclusive pregnancy reveal.

H.E.R. soared with an electrifying rendition of her triumphant anthem, “We Made It,” which began with her drumming while suspended in mid-air and was followed by an unforgettable guitar solo.

Moneybagg Yo took to the stage for lively performances of “Wockesha” and “Time Today.”

DaBaby took the stage with a phenomenal performance of “Ball If I Want To” featuring theatrics including dancers, acrobats, and more.

Darnella Frazier was honored with the Shine a Light award for courageously capturing video of the murder of George Floyd, sparking further awareness of systemic racial inequalities, police brutality and efforts for meaningful change. The Shine A Light Award recognizes exceptional resilience, ingenuity and creativity in the face of adversity.

Megan Thee Stallion delivered a show-stopping performance of her latest hit single, “Thot Sh*t.”

Tyler, the Creator created a literal hurricane on stage during “Lumberjack,” his first-ever BET Awards performance.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced Jazmine Sullivan, as she performed soulful renditions of new singles, “Tragic” and “On It,” from Heaux Tales, which won Album of the Year.

Roddy Ricch performed a swagged out rendition of his newest single, “Late At Night.”

Lil Nas X paid homage to the “Remember the Time” era with an erotic performance of “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” performing against an opulent gold Egyptian-themed backdrop, and unapologetically celebrating queer culture.

Bruno Mars and Silk Sonic seronated their way through a fully vaccinated audience with style as they sang a medley from their new album An Evening with Silk Sonic.

City Girls performed “Twerkulator” against a spectacular backdrop.

Queen Latifah was honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award, in recognition of her prolific career over the past 30 years, in which she remained one of the most versatile creatives of the time. Following an inspirational tribute from Rapsody & Monie Love, performing “Ladies First,” and Lil Kim & MC Lyte, performing “U.N.I.T.Y.,” she received a standing ovation as she accepted the well-deserved award.

DJ Khaled lit up the stage with a jam-packed performance of his new songs, ”Every Chance I Get” and “I Did It,” with an all-star line-up including Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Megan Thee Stallion, H.E.R. and DaBaby.

Andra Day’s performance of “Strange Fruit” and “Tigress & Tweed” was spellbinding.

The legendary DMX was remembered with a mesmerizing tribute curated by Swizz Beatz featuring performances from Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz, Griselda, Lil Buck and Jon, The Lox and a special appearance by Michael K. Williams. The powerful tribute included iconic hits such as “Slipping,” “Where the Hood At?,” “Party Up,” “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” and more.

Tone Stith and Mereba made their debuts on the BET amplified stage.

Host Taraji P. Henson kept audiences entertained throughout the show debuting new alter-egos, including new artist S.H.E.

In addition to all of these must-see moments, the complete list of winners for The “BET AWARDS” 2021 can be found below:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Heaux Tales – Jazmine Sullivan

BEST COLLABORATION

Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

H.E.R.

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Chris Brown

BEST NEW ARTIST

Giveon

BEST GROUP

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic

VIEWER’S CHOICE: BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT

Bree Runway (UK)

VIEWER’S CHOICE

Megan Thee Stallion Ft. Beyoncé “Savage Remix”

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

Megan Thee Stallion

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

Lil Baby

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

Kirk Franklin – “Strong God”

BET HER AWARD

SZA – “Good Days”

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars and Florent Déchard

BEST MOVIE

Judas and the Black Messiah

BEST ACTRESS

Andra Day

BEST ACTOR

Chadwick Boseman

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

Marsai Martin

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

Naomi Osaka

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

LeBron James

For the latest The “BET AWARDS” 2021 news and updates, please visit BET.com/BETAwards. BET Digital is the ultimate destination for BET Awards content. From the red carpet livestream Powered by Bulldog DM to non-stop video moments and conversation @BETAwards.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee The “BET Awards” 2021 and serve as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Internationally, the show simulcast on BET Africa at 2 am CAT and MTV Brazil at 9 pm BRT on June 27th, followed by international broadcasts on MTV UK on June 28th at 9 pm BST, BET France on June 29th at 8:45 pm CEST. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning June 29th.

BROADCAST RESTRICTIONS

News programs and services may excerpt portions of the 2021 BET Awards telecast during the seven days following the broadcast premiere on June 27, 2021 solely for reporting about the 2021 BET Awards as an event and subject to the following conditions.

Broadcast Restrictions:

Up to three minutes in total, but no more than thirty seconds of any single moment or performance, may be used within the period ending the first day following the telecast.
Up to one minute in total, not separate from the three minutes referenced above and no more than thirty seconds of any single moment or performance may be used within the period of the second through seventh days following the telecast.
Any display, exhibition or performance of the material must be accompanied by the chyron, “Courtesy of BET”.
Online Restrictions:

Otherwise, up to thirty seconds of any single moment or performance may be used as part of a wrap-up package through the seventh day following the telecast (For purposes of clarification you may NOT use portions of the 2021 BET Awards as standalone video assets).
Any display, exhibition or performance of the material must be accompanied by the chyron, “Courtesy of BET”, and a link to www.bet.com
ABOUT BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows—Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.



BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, JUNE 24 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30





BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, JUNE 24 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30
06/24/21

CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT, THE “BET AWARDS” 2021, HOSTED BY TARAJI P. HENSON, WILL AIR LIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND SIMULCAST ON BET HER, LOGO, MTV, MTV2, TV LAND, AND VH1

New York, NY – June 24, 2021 – BET and BET+’s must-see programming week of June 24 – June 30 includes:

(BET Awards Performer and Nominee H.E.R.)

“BET AWARDS: YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN” PREMIERES SATURDAY, JUNE 26 8 PM ET/PT ON BET & BET HER

The one-hour special showcases a few of the leading women slated to grace this year’s BET Awards 2021 stage including Megan Thee Stallion, Taraji P. Henson, Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R., City Girls, and Andra Day. Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET, will also make a special appearance. The documentary takes the viewer into the homes of their favorite artists and executives to explore the phenomenal year experienced by each woman leading up to the culture’s biggest night in entertainment. Accompanying the special is a four episode BET.com companion series featuring an intimate behind the scenes look during the photo shoots through the eyes of various Black women photographers.

(Coi Leray to perform during The Countdown To The BET Awards Live)

“THE COUNTDOWN TO THE BET AWARDS LIVE” PREMIERES SUNDAY, AT 7 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Kicking off the BET Awards celebration, BET will get it started with “The Countdown to BET Awards”. Hosted by Terrence J and Tanisha Long, the preshow will include high energy performances by Coi Leray, Mooski, Spotemgotem, and CJ. The preshow will highlight some of the hottest nominees of the night including Queen Naija delivering a show stopping R&B performance. Correspondent WatchJazzy will check out the hottest fashion looks on the red carpet.

(BET Awards Host Taraji P. Henson)

“BET AWARDS” 2021 AIRS LIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 8 PM ET/PT on BET, BET HER, LOGO, MTV, MTV2, TV LAND, AND VH1

Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, filmmaker and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, the 2021 “BET AWARDS” will air LIVE at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, Sunday, June 27(8:00 – 11:30 PM, ET/PT, 7:00 – 10:30 PM CT) from the Microsoft Theater.The “BET AWARDS” 2021 will also be honoring award-winning musician, critically acclaimed Golden Globe®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated actor Queen Latifah with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award.

Megan Thee Stallion joins the star-studded line-up of performers Andra Day, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Lil Nas X, Migos, Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Tyler The Creator and many more. Additionally, up and coming artists Tone Stith and Mereba will be gracing the BET Amplified Stage, BET Music’s stamp of approval on the next big thing in music.

Dominating this year’s nominations are Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby with a total of seven nominations each. Cardi B and Drake follow closely behind with five nominations each. Other leading nominees include Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Chloe x Halle and Chris Brown, as each garnered four nominations. You can find a full list of nominations here.

“BET Awards” 2021 presenters include Ashanti, Chloe Bailey, Ciara, Crystal Renee Hayslett, DJ Cassidy, Ebony Obsidian,Eva Marcille, Issa Rae, Jill Scott, KJ Smith, Lena Waithe, Marsai Martin, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor, Mignon, Mj Rodriguez, Naomi Campbell, Novi Brown, Regina Hall, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Saweetie, and Sevyn Streeter. Jennifer Hudson will also be making a special appearance at the award show.

Beloved rapper DMX will be honored with a special tribute at the 2021 “BET AWARDS.” The tribute is being curated by producer Swizz Beatz, and will include standout performances from Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz,Griselda, and a special appearance by Michael K. Williams.

Internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africa at 2am CAT and MTV Brazil at 9pm BRT on June 27th, followed by international broadcasts on MTV UK on June 28th at 9pm BST, BET France on June 29th at 8:45pm CEST. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning June 29th. TheBET Awards will also broadcast LIVE on the BET Brazil channel, via the free streaming service, Pluto TV.

DJ CASSIDY’S PASS THE MIC: BET AWARDS EDITION PREMIERIES AT 11:30 PM ET/PT on BET

In celebration of the culture’s biggest night, DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: BET Awards Edition will premiere on Sunday, June 27th at 11:30 PM ET/PT, immediately following the 2021 “BET Awards.” In this edition of the acclaimed groundbreaking series, DJ Cassidy will pass the mic to a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of legendary Hip Hop and R&B artists to sing along to their most iconic, chart-topping records of the 2000s. Cassidy has exclusively confirmed that he will pass the mic to Ashanti, Ja Rule, Nelly, Akon, Kelis, Fat Joe, Fabolous, Sean Paul, and over a dozen other surprise iconic guests who have profoundly impacted the culture over the last two decades.

“TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS” AIRS WEDNESDAYS ON BET

Episode #304 “Just a Talk” premieres Wednesday, June 30 at 9 PM ET/PT– Gary decides to surprise Andi in a way to truly show his love for her, but those close to her are filled with doubt.

“BET PRESENTS THE ENCORE” AIRS WEDNESDAYS ON BET

Episode #104 “Questionable Queen” premieres Wednesday, June 30 at 10 PM ET/PT– The Women try to put their drama aside and come together to help Pamela record her Gospel song, but Aubrey has a different plan. Meanwhile, Kiely sets her sights on becoming Queen of the house.

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” AIRS TUESDAYS ON BET

Episode #806 “Missing Mustard Seeds” premieres Tuesday, June 29 at 9 PM ET/PT– Curtis puts Ellas’ big day in peril and Malik takes a class that doesn’t go over well with the family.

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” AIRS TUESDAYS ON BET

Episode #206 “Mega” premieres Tuesday, June 29 at 9:30 PM ET/PT – When a council seat in the community opens up, both Jeremy and Vinny decide to run for office with wildly different platforms to improve the neighborhood.

BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “CARL WEBER’S ‘THE FAMILY BUSINESS’” AIRS TUESDAYS ON BET

Episode #208 “All’s Well That Ends Well” premieres Tuesday, June 29 at 10 PM ET/PT – The Duncans deploy the nuclear option, shutting down the production of HEAT while they recruit their allies into the fight against Brother X.

All episodes now streaming on BET+.

ON BET+:

NEW SEASON OF “TYLER PERRY’S BRUH” AVAILABLE TO STREAM NOW ON BET+

Episode #207 “High School” – Greg explores possibilities with a neighbor. Littia and John communicate about their future. Mike isn’t dealing with his emotions and instead chooses to lash and act out.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT BET+:

BET+ is the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience, with exclusive originals and thousands of TV episodes and movies from the best Black creators. A joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ allows users to stream Black culture including hit movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy, award shows, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free. The new service from BET Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., is the official home of Tyler Perry’s film, TV and stage works. The ad-free subscription video-on-demand service also provides users with access to original content including hit series First Wives Club from Tracey Oliver, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger, hit unscripted anthology series American Gangster Trap Queens, exclusive originals from Carl Weber including The Family Business, Sacrifice and Influence to name a few. Visit BET. Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus on social to join the conversation and get the latest.



CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT, THE “BET AWARDS” 2021, WILL AIR LIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 27





CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT, THE “BET AWARDS” 2021, WILL AIR LIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND SIMULCAST ON BET HER, LOGO, MTV, MTV2, TV LAND, AND VH1
06/24/21

CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT, THE “BET AWARDS” 2021, WILL AIR LIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND SIMULCAST ON BET HER, LOGO, MTV, MTV2, TV LAND, AND VH1

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HOSTED BY TARAJI P. HENSON

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QUEEN LATIFAH TO BE HONORED WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT BET AWARD

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MEGAN THEE STALLION JOINS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PERFORMERS ANDRA DAY, DJ KHALED, H.E.R., KIRK FRANKLIN, LIL BABY, LIL NAS X, AND MANY MORE

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“BET AWARDS” 2021 PROCLAIMS THIS YEAR’S THEME AS “YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN” TO CELEBRATE AND HONOR THEIR IMMENSE IMPACT ON THE CULTURE

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ALL-STAR LINE-UP OF PRESENTERS INCLUDE ASHANTI, CHLOE BAILEY, CIARA, EVA MARCILLE, ISSA RAE, JILL SCOTT, LENA WAITHE, MARSAI MARTIN, MICHELLE BUTEAU, MICHELLE MITCHENOR, MJ RODRIGUEZ, NAOMI CAMPBELL, REGINA HALL, RYAN MICHELLE BATHE, SAWEETIE, SEVYN STREETER, AND MORE

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DMX TO BE HONORED IN A SPECIAL TRIBUTE WITH BUSTA RHYMES, GRISELDA, METHOD MAN, SWIZZ BEATZ, AND MORE

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THE CELEBRATION KICKS OFF WITH
“THE COUNTDOWN TO THE BET AWARDS” LIVE AT 7 PM ET/PT

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“DJ CASSIDY’S PASS THE MIC: BET AWARDS EDITION” TO PREMIERE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE AWARDS WITH APPEARANCES BY ASHANTI, JA RULE, NELLY, AKON, KELIS, FAT JOE, FABOLOUS, SEAN PAUL AND MORE

Join us for a “BET AWARDS” weekend takeover!

“BET AWARDS: YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN” PREMIERES SATURDAY, JUNE 26 8 PM ET/PT ON BET & BET HER

The one-hour special showcases a few of the leading women slated to grace this year’s BET Awards 2021 stage including Megan Thee Stallion, Taraji P. Henson, Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R., City Girls, and Andra Day. Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET, will also make a special appearance. The documentary takes the viewer into the homes of their favorite artists and executives to explore the phenomenal year experienced by each woman leading up to the culture’s biggest night in entertainment. Accompanying the special is a four-episode BET.com companion series featuring an intimate behind-the-scenes look during the photoshoots through the eyes of various Black women photographers.

“THE COUNTDOWN TO THE BET AWARDS” LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS AT 7 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Kicking off the BET Awards celebration, BET will get it started with “The Countdown to BET Awards”. Hosted by Terrence J and Tanisha Long, the preshow will include high-energy performances by Coi Leray, Mooski, Spotemgotem, and CJ. The preshow will highlight some of the hottest nominees of the night including Queen Naija delivering a show-stopping R&B performance. Correspondent WatchJazzy will check out the hottest fashion looks on the red carpet.

“BET AWARDS” 2021 AIRS LIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 8 PM ET/PT on BET, BET HER, LOGO, MTV, MTV2, TV LAND, AND VH1

Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, filmmaker and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, the 2021 “BET AWARDS” will air LIVE at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, Sunday, June 27 (8:00 – 11:30 PM, ET/PT, 7:00 – 10:30 PM CT) from the Microsoft Theater. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 will also be honoring award-winning musician, critically acclaimed Golden Globe®-winning, and Academy Award®-nominated actor Queen Latifah with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award.

Megan Thee Stallion joins the star-studded line-up of performers Andra Day, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Lil Nas X, Migos, Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Tyler The Creator and many more. Additionally, up and coming artists Tone Stith and Mereba will be gracing the BET Amplified Stage, BET Music’s stamp of approval on the next big thing in music.

Dominating this year’s nominations are Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby with a total of seven nominations each. Cardi B and Drake follow closely behind with five nominations each. Other leading nominees include Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Chloe x Halle, and Chris Brown, as each garnered four nominations. You can find a full list of nominations here.

“BET Awards” 2021 presenters include Ashanti, Chloe Bailey, Ciara, Crystal Renee Hayslett, DJ Cassidy, Ebony Obsidian, Eva Marcille, Issa Rae, Jill Scott, KJ Smith, Lena Waithe, Marsai Martin, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor, Mignon, Mj Rodriguez, Naomi Campbell, Novi Brown, Regina Hall, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Saweetie, and Sevyn Streeter. Jennifer Hudson will also be making a special appearance at the award show.

Beloved rapper DMX will be honored with a special tribute at the 2021 “BET AWARDS.” The tribute is being curated by producer Swizz Beatz, and will include standout performances from Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz, Griselda, and a special appearance by Michael K. Williams.

Internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africa at 2am CAT and MTV Brazil at 9pm BRT on June 27th, followed by international broadcasts on MTV UK on June 28th at 9pm BST, BET France on June 29th at 8:45pm CEST. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning June 29th. The BET Awards will also broadcast LIVE on the BET Brazil channel, via the free streaming service, Pluto TV.

“DJ CASSIDY’S PASS THE MIC: BET AWARDS EDITION” PREMIERES AT
11:30 PM ET/PT on BET

In celebration of the culture’s biggest night, DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: BET Awards Edition will premiere on Sunday, June 27th at 11:30 PM ET/PT, immediately following the 2021 “BET Awards.” In this edition of the acclaimed groundbreaking series, DJ Cassidy will pass the mic to a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of legendary Hip Hop and R&B artists to sing along to their most iconic, chart-topping records of the 2000s. Cassidy has exclusively confirmed that he will pass the mic to Ashanti, Ja Rule, Nelly, Akon, Kelis, Fat Joe, Fabolous, Sean Paul, and over a dozen other surprise iconic guests who have profoundly impacted the culture over the last two decades.

#BETAWARDS #CULTURESBIGGESTNIGHT #PASSTHEMICONBET



DMX TO BE HONORED IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE AT THE 2021 BET AWARDS





DMX TO BE HONORED IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE AT THE 2021 BET AWARDS
06/23/21

BUSTA RHYMES, METHOD MAN, SWIZZ BEATZ, GRISELDA AND MORE TO PERFORM ICONIC DMX SONGS IN HONOR OF BELOVED RAPPER

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NEW SONG FROM DMX’s POSTHUMOUS DEF JAM ALBUM, EXODUS,
TO BE PERFORMED DURING THE TRIBUTE

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CURATED BY SWIZZ BEATZ THE TRIBUTE IS SET TO AIR LIVE DURING
THE BET AWARDS SUNDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8:00 PM, ET/PT

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#BETAWARDS #CULTURESBIGGESTNIGHT

New York, NY – (June 22, 2021) – BET announced today that beloved rapper DMX will be honored with a special tribute at the 2021 “BET AWARDS.” The tribute is being curated by producer Swizz Beatz, who had a longstanding friendship with the late musician, and will include standout performances from Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz, Griselda, and a special appearance by Michael K. Williams. BET will celebrate the life and music of DMX from his early beginnings with iconic hip hop label, Ruff Ryders to now by debuting a new song from DMX’s upcoming posthumous album, EXODUS.

“We look forward to celebrating DMX’s indelible mark in music and pop culture. DMX inspired fans around the world with his signature raspy voice, the delivery of raw emotion through his lyrics and performances, and his giving spirit. We are proud to pay our respects to a hip-hop legend on our biggest stage, the BET Awards,” said Connie Orlando, Executive Vice President of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy.

Video choreographer and R&B and hip hop veteran Fatima Robinson will act as creative director and the tribute will include some of DMX’s iconic hits:

Slippin’

Party Up

What’s My Name?

Where the Hood At?

MY N**** / X Gon’ Give It to Ya

Get at Me Dog

Ruff Ryders’ Anthem

DMX Prayer

As reported in Billboard, Yonkers, New York native DMX sold more than 74 million records worldwide in his lifetime and amassed 14x-platinum RIAA certifications in the U.S. alone. DMX continues to hold the unique distinction of being the only artist in history to enter both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts with #1 debuts for his first five consecu­tive career albums, starting with his debut It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (May 1998, with “Ruff Ryders Anthem”), then Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (December 1998), … And Then There Was X (1999, with “Party Up (Up In Here)”), The Great Depression (2001, with “Who We Be”), and Grand Champ (2003, with his definitive anthem, “Where The Hood At?”). Themes of redemption weave throughout EXODUS, the first Def Jam album by DMX in 18 years, since 2003’s Grand Champ. The new album shares its name with DMX’s son Exodus Simmons. The album artwork is by original photographer Jonathan Mannion, who captured some of the most iconic images of DMX throughout his career.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee The “BET Awards” 2021 and serve as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

The “BET AWARDS” airs LIVE on BET on Sunday, June 27 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT.

BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show.

Follow us @BET_PR AND @BETAWARDS

ABOUT BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows—Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.



TARAJI P. HENSON TO HOST 2021“BET AWARDS” BROADCAST SET TO AIR LIVE ON BET, SUNDAY, JUNE 27





TARAJI P. HENSON TO HOST 2021“BET AWARDS” BROADCAST SET TO AIR LIVE ON BET, SUNDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8:00 PM, ET/PT
06/14/21

TARAJI P. HENSON TO HOST 2021“BET AWARDS” BROADCAST
SET TO AIR LIVE ON BET, SUNDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8:00 PM, ET/PT
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QUEEN LATIFAH TO BE HONORED WITH PRESTIGIOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT BET AWARD

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THE 2021 “BET AWARDS” PROCLAIMS THIS YEAR’S THEME AS “YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN” TO CELEBRATE AND HONOR THEIR IMMENSE IMPACT ON THE CULTURE

#BETAWARDS

#CULTURESBIGGESTNIGHT

New York, NY – (June 11, 2021) – Today, BET announces that Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, filmmaker and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson will host the 2021 “BET AWARDS” and GRAMMY® award-winning musician, critically acclaimed Golden Globe®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated actor Queen Latifah will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement BET Award. The “BET AWARDS” airs LIVE on BET on Sunday, June 27 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT.

“For more than 20 years, the BET Awards have been a celebration of Black creativity, art and excellence,” said Taraji P. Henson. “Returning live, this year’s show will be unlike anything we have ever seen before, and I am honored to be sharing the stage with so many powerful and prolific women in music and entertainment. The BET Awards will once again be at the forefront of Black culture.”

“Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “The BET AWARDS is the ultimate celebration of Black culture, and we are looking forward to spotlighting and celebrating Black women during this year’s show, recognizing them for everything they’ve accomplished and applauding them for what’s to come.”

Taraji P. Henson most recently wrapped her iconic run as “Cookie Lyon” on Fox’s hit musical drama EMPIRE, which has earned her three Emmy® nominations, a Golden Globe® Award, a Critics Choice Award, and three BET Awards. She portrayed NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in the Academy Award®-nominated film HIDDEN FIGURES, as well as lent her voice to Disney’s RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2. In Fall 2018, she launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father. The organization provides scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health disciplines, offers mental health services to youth in urban schools, and works to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women. Henson, along with her best friend and foundation partner, Tracie Jade, recently co-hosted the Facebook Watch series on mental health called PEACE OF MIND WITH TARAJI, for which they received a Daytime Emmy® Award nomination for “Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.”

Additionally, the “BET AWARDS” will be honoring Queen Latifah with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award. Latifah has had amazing success since her career began in Hollywood and became the first hip-hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. She received rave reviews, industry recognition, and accolades for her roles in feature musical CHICAGO and cable films LIFE SUPPORT and BESSIE, which she also produced. Additionally, Latifah starred in the hit comedy GIRLS TRIP and has also taken to the stage and small screen as the title character in the television musical, THE WIZ LIVE!. Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company owned and operated by Latifah and Shakim Compere, was behind the hit comedies, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, BEAUTY SHOP, and THE PERFECT HOLIDAY. Latifah currently stars in and is an executive producer on the CBS series reboot of THE EQUALIZER, which quickly became TV’s #1 scripted series this year.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee The “BET Awards” 2021 and serve as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Voting for the 2021 BET AWARDS ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’ is now open here. BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show.

Follow us @BET_PR AND @BETAWARDS

ABOUT BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows—Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.



BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINATIONS FOR THE “BET AWARDS” 2021





BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINATIONS FOR THE “BET AWARDS” 2021
05/27/21

THE “BET AWARDS” 2021 WILL AIR LIVE FROM MICROSOFT THEATER AT L.A. LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8 PM ET/ PT ON BET

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MEGAN THEE STALLION AND DABABY LEAD WITH

SEVEN NOMINATIONS EACH

CARDI B AND DRAKE FOLLOW WITH FIVE NOMINATIONS APIECE

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ANDERSON .PAAK, BRUNO MARS, CHLOE X HALLE, AND CHRIS BROWN TIE WITH FOUR NOMINATIONS

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#BETAWARDS

New York, NY (May 27, 2021) – Today, BET announces the “BET AWARDS” 2021 nominees with Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby leading the pack with seven nominations respectively. This year’s nominees reflect an abundance of creative expression and Black excellence across music, television, film, and sports. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 will air LIVE, Sunday, June 27 on BET at 8 pm ET/ PT.

“We are back and excited to bring culture’s biggest night, the 2021 ‘BET Awards,’ safely back to Los Angeles to celebrate this year’s incredible roster of nominees,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “We broke ground as one of the first official award shows to move forward during the global pandemic and we are ready to take our pioneer status to the next level with the return of an audience to celebrate the best and brightest creative minds in the entertainment industry.”

Megan Thee Stallion, who left her mark in last year’s telecast with her Mad Max inspired performance for “Girls in The Hood” and “Savage,” claims one of the top spots securing seven nominations for ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ for WAP, ‘Album of the Year,’ for Good News, ‘Viewer’s Choice Award (x2),’ and ‘Best Collaboration,’ for her features with DaBaby (Cry Baby) and Cardi B (WAP). After his searing and powerful ‘Rockstar’ performance at last year’s “BET Awards,” DaBaby claims the other top spot securing seven nods, including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ for Blame it on Baby, ‘Viewer’s Choice Award,’ and four nods for ‘Best Collaboration’ for his features alongside Roddy Ricch (Rockstar), Megan Thee Stallion (Cry Baby), Pop Smoke & Lil Baby (For The Night), and Jack Harlow Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne (Whats Poppin- Remix).

Cardi B and Drake garnered the second most nods with five nominations each. Cardi B’s nods include ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ twice for WAP and UP. Drake’s nods include ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ for Laugh Now Cry Later featuring Lil Durk and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’. Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Chloe X Halle, and Chris Brown are the third-highest with four nominations each and are all up for the coveted ‘Video of the Year’ award.

Culture’s biggest night, the “BET AWARDS,” continues its reign in its twenty-first year as the ultimate platform to showcase the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future, and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change.

Following last year’s groundbreaking virtual awards show, the “BET AWARDS” returns this year with a live show audience. Beginning today, vaccinated individuals can register here for consideration to be part of the “BET AWARDS” 2021 live show audience. BET will work closely with Los Angeles County to support community vaccination efforts and ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

Due to these safety parameters, press access to the show will be limited and “BET AWARDS” will not be issuing a credential form. Media will be invited directly to cover any in person opportunities, including the red carpet, with additional remote/virtual press opportunities to be announced at a later date.

BET recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 21 categories with The “BET Awards” 2021 nominations (‘Viewer’s Choice Award: Best New International Act’ will be released at a later date). The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is composed of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and creative arts.

Internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africa at 2 am CAT and MTV Brazil at 9 pm BRT on June 27th, followed by international broadcasts on MTV UK on June 28th at 9 pm BST, BET France on June 29th at 8:45pm CEST. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning June 29th.

The complete list of nominees for The “BET AWARDS” 2021 are:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

AFTER HOURS – THE WEEKND

BLAME IT ON BABY – DABABY

GOOD NEWS – MEGAN THEE STALLION

HEAUX TALES – JAZMINE SULLIVAN

KING’S DISEASE – NAS

UNGODLY HOUR – CHLOE X HALLE

BEST COLLABORATION

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR

JACK HARLOW FT. DABABY, TORY LANEZ & LIL WAYNE – WHATS POPPIN (REMIX)

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. DABABY – CRY BABY

POP SMOKE FT. LIL BABY & DABABY – FOR THE NIGHT

BEST FEMALE R&B / POP ARTIST

BEYONCÉ

H.E.R.

JAZMINE SULLIVAN

JHENÉ AIKO

SUMMER WALKER

SZA

BEST MALE R&B / POP ARTIST

6LACK

ANDERSON .PAAK

CHRIS BROWN

GIVEON

TANK

THE WEEKND

BEST NEW ARTIST

COI LERAY

FLO MILLI

GIVEON

JACK HARLOW

LATTO

POOH SHIESTY

BEST GROUP

21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN

CHLOE X HALLE

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG

CITY GIRLS

MIGOS

SILK SONIC

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

CARDI B

COI LERAY

DOJA CAT

MEGAN THEE STALLION

LATTO

SAWEETIE

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

DABABY

DRAKE

J. COLE

JACK HARLOW

LIL BABY

POP SMOKE

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

BEBE WINANS – IN JESUS NAME

CECE WINANS – NEVER LOST

H.E.R. – HOLD US TOGETHER

KIRK FRANKLIN – STRONG GOD

MARVIN SAPP – THANK YOU FOR IT ALL

TAMELA MANN – TOUCH FROM YOU

BET HER AWARD

ALICIA KEYS FT. KHALID – SO DONE

BRANDY FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER – BABY MAMA

BRI STEVES – ANTI QUEEN

CHLOE X HALLE – BABY GIRL

CIARA FT. ESTER DEAN – ROOTED

SZA – GOOD DAYS

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA)

EMICIDA (BRAZIL)

HEADIE ONE (UK)

WIZKID (NIGERIA)

YOUNG T & BUGSEY (UK)

YOUSSOUPHA (FRANCE)

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR

DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER

LIL BABY – THE BIGGER PICTURE

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX)

SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

CARDI B – UP

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP

CHLOE X HALLE – DO IT

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY

DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER

SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

BENNY BOOM

BRUNO MARS AND FLORENT DÉCHARD

COLE BENNETT

COLIN TILLEY

DAVE MEYERS

HYPE WILLIAMS

BEST MOVIE

COMING 2 AMERICA

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

SOUL

THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

BEST ACTRESS

ANDRA DAY

ANGELA BASSETT

ISSA RAE

JURNEE SMOLLETT

VIOLA DAVIS

ZENDAYA

BEST ACTOR

ALDIS HODGE

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

DAMSON IDRIS

DANIEL KALUUYA

EDDIE MURPHY

LAKEITH STANFIELD

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

ALEX R. HIBBERT

ETHAN HUTCHISON

LONNIE CHAVIS

MARSAI MARTIN

MICHAEL EPPS

STORM REID

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

A’JA WILSON

CANDACE PARKER

CLARESSA SHIELDS

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

KYRIE IRVING

LEBRON JAMES

PATRICK MAHOMES

RUSSELL WESTBROOK

RUSSELL WILSON

STEPHEN CURRY

Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET and Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment serve as Executive Producers for the “BET Awards” 2021 broadcast special.

Voting for the “BET AWARDS” 2021 ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’ begins on June 7th. For the latest “BET AWARDS” 2021 news and updates, including details on audience selection and eligibility, please visit BET.com/Awards.

About BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”:

The “BET Awards” is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT:

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows—Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.



CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT – THE “BET AWARDS” – RETURNS LIVE JUNE 27TH





CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT – THE “BET AWARDS” – RETURNS LIVE JUNE 27TH FROM THE MICROSOFT THEATER AT L.A. LIVE VACCINATED PEOPLE ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE A PART OF THE LIVE SHOW AUDIENCE
05/20/21

New York, NY (May 18, 2021) – BET announced today that the 2021 “BET Awards” will return LIVE, Sunday, June 27th, from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live. Culture’s biggest night will celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and social impact. The 2020 “BET Awards” broke ground as the first official award show to move forward during the global pandemic and claimed the top spot as the #1 Cable Awards Show among P18-49 for the 2020 broadcast season, for the sixth consecutive calendar year (2015-2020)*. Returning with a live show audience, BET also announced that vaccinated individuals can register starting May 27th for consideration to be a part of the 2021 “BET Awards”. BET will work closely with Los Angeles County to support community vaccination efforts and ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols. The official 2021 “BET Awards” nominations are to be announced at a later date.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, BET has been at the forefront of recovery efforts for our community, turning entertainment touchpoints into opportunities to empower our audiences and help combat the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19,” said BET President Scott Mills. “Vaccination rates among Black Americans are significantly lower than other communities. We are committed to using our signature programming event – The BET Awards – to encourage vaccination in our community.”

BET is committed to supporting Black America’s recovery from the disproportionate effects of COVID-19, and is leading several campaigns on vaccine adoption, action, and access. Last year, BET worked with a host of partners and raised over $19 million dollars to assist nearly 4 million people impacted by COVID-19. BET continues to be a devoted resource to communities of color providing support and facts about COVID-19, the vaccine, and survival.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee the 2021 “BET Awards” and serve as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Visit BET.com/BETAwards for vaccine answers and more information on audience selection and eligibility, as well as the latest news and updates about this year’s show. Join the conversation on social media by following #BETAwards on all social platforms.

*Source: Nielsen Fasties | Live+SD | 6/28/2020 | Historical data based on Nielsen Live+SD; Tentpole rankings based on home network only

About BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows—Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.



2020 “BET AWARDS” HONORS THE MEMORY OF NBA LEGEND KOBE BRYANT WITH A TRIBUTE





2020 “BET AWARDS” HONORS THE MEMORY OF NBA LEGEND KOBE BRYANT WITH A TRIBUTE FROM GLOBAL SUPERSTAR LIL WAYNE

ROCK AND ROLL HALL-OF-FAMER LITTLE RICHARD REMEMBERED WITH TRIBUTE FROM MULTI-TALENTED ACTOR/COMEDIAN WAYNE BRADY

THE CEREMONY WILL HONOR GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST AND PHILANTHROPIST BEYONCÉ KNOWLES-CARTER WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS HUMANITARIAN AWARD

TIMBALAND, SWIZZ BEATZ, D-NICE AND NICOLAS JOHNSON NAMED

2020 SHINE A LIGHT HONOREES, AND ASSA TRAORÉ NAMED BET INTERNATIONAL’S GLOBAL GOOD RECIPIENT

THE 20TH ANNUAL BET AWARDS AIRS ON BET & CBS ON SUNDAY, JUNE 28 FROM 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY – (June 25, 2020) – Today BET Networks announces new additions to the line-up of the 20th Annual “BET Awards,” honoring prolific activists in the Black community and recognizing those who unfortunately left us in 2020. The world endured incredible losses this year including NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Richard. In memoriam of those great losses, Grammy Award-winning global icon and superstar Lil Wayne will give tribute to Kobe Bryant, and the multi-talented Wayne Brady will honor Little Richard.

BET Network also announces Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will be honored with the prestigious Humanitarian Award at the 20th Annual “BET Awards.”

A global phenomenon, Beyoncé is one of the most successful artists to date, with over 100 million records sold worldwide, numerous awards, including 24 Grammys, and a catalog of timeless music. Along with her illustrious music career, she has acted in several films, including Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records and, most recently, Disney The Lion King, which became the highest-grossing animated film of all time. On top of her numerous successes, Beyoncé is also a philanthropist who has created several initiatives to give back to the world at large.

In 2017, as a part of her BeyGOOD initiative, Beyoncé established “Formation Scholars,” to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident. The scholarship awarded students from four colleges. That year, she partnered with UNICEF to create ‘BeyGood4Burundi.’ This multi-year partnership was established to bring safe water and sanitation to the small, landlocked East African country of Burundi. In 2018 she created the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, following her historic performance at Coachella, which benefited students at eight HBCU colleges and universities.

And recently, in response to the pandemic, Beyoncé teamed up with her mother, Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson, for the #IDIDMYPART mobile testing initiative to encourage residents in Houston in Black and brown communities, disproportionately affected by COVID-19, to know their status. She has also donated to support organizations on the ground helping to meet basic health and mental needs in vulnerable communities, affected by the crisis. For Juneteenth, following the release of her latest song, “Black Parade,” Beyoncé announced the creation of BeyGOOD’s Black Business Fund, administered by the National Urban League, to support Black-owned small businesses.

Additionally, the 20th Annual BET Awards is proud to honor Nicolas Johnson, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and D-Nice as the 2020 Shine A Light Honorees, which recognizes exceptional resilience, ingenuity and creativity in the face of adversity. This year’s honorees demonstrate how art and education can unite and inspire even during the most challenging of times. Assa Traoré, a French anti-racist activist, has been selected as the 2020 BET International Global Good recipient, which recognizes global celebrities and public figures who use their platform for social responsibility and goodness while demonstrating a commitment to the welfare of the global Black community.

Previously announced celebrities including Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along with leading entertainers Billy Porter, Courtney B. Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Quincy Jones, Rapsody, Regina Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Saweetie, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, and Whoopi Goldberg will reflect on the current state of the community with a spotlight on Social Justice as well as the Network’s 40th anniversary with a special appearance by BET founder Robert L. Johnson.

As previously announced, “BET Awards” 2020 will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Black Thought, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jay Rock, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Jahi, Nas, Public Enemy, Questlove, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher and YG, with performances by BET Amplified Artists, Masego and Lonr., who are set to take the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists.

BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show.

Follow us @BET_PR AND @BETAWARDS

ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for black entertainment, music, culture and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran, NAACP Image® Award winner and Emmy® Award nominee Jesse Collins. For over a decade, the company has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with VIACOMCBS cable networks for its television and film projects across all platforms — including BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 on the television side. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The company produced the critically acclaimed biopic The New Edition Story, the story on the boy band that aired as a 3-part mini-series and posted record ratings for BET and attracted nearly 30 million viewers. It was followed by The Bobby Brown Story, which chronicled the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ‘80s boy band through his solo success, and was the highest rated non-tentpole program on the network since The New Edition Story. The next mini-series for JCE is Uptown, a 3-part original scripted miniseries for BET that will chronicle the story of producer Andre Harrell’s iconic record label, Uptown Records. The company’s current scripted TV series is American Soul, the story about the struggle to make the dream of Soul Train, the first nationally-syndicated Black music show, come true. It ended its first season as the #1 new cable scripted drama for African Americans 18-49 and its second season debuted in May 2020. Previously, JCE produced BET’s hit TV series Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart that ran for 5 seasons. On the unscripted side, JCE produces annual live specials — the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Past credits include Black Girls Rock!, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, ABFF Honors, BET Honors, Love & Happiness: An Obama Farewell, VH1’s Dear Mama, HBO’s Amanda Seales I Be Knowin;’ Netflix’s Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine. JCE’s game shows include VH1’s Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube and CMT’s Nashville Squares. Its music competition series on BET, Sunday Best is now in its 10th season and Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow featuring judges Tip “T.I.” Harris, Cardi B and Chance the Rapper will soon begin production on its second season that will air in 2021. Collins is also a producer for The Grammy Awards. He was on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players list, has been featured on the cover of Vibe magazine and in numerous publications including Ebony magazine’s Power 100 issue. Go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information on the company.



STAR-STUDDED LINEUP OF PERFORMERS AT “BET AWARDS” 2020





BLACK THOUGHT, JAY ROCK, KAREN CLARK SHEARD, KIERRA SHEARD, MISTER JAHI, NAS, PUBLIC ENEMY, QUESTLOVE, RAPSODY AND YG JOIN STAR-STUDDED LINEUP OF PERFORMERS AT “BET AWARDS” 2020

“BET AWARDS” 2020 TO INCLUDE APPEARANCES BY BILLY PORTER, COURTNEY B. VANCE, DEBBIE ALLEN, DEON COLE, LATANYA RICHARDSON JACKSON, LA LA ANTHONY, LENA WAITHE, LIZZO, CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, MISTY COPELAND, NAOMI CAMPBELL, OMARI HARDWICK, QUAVO, QUINCY JONES, RAPSODY, REGINA HALL, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, SAWEETIE, STERLING K. BROWN, VIOLA DAVIS, WHOOPI GOLDBERG AND MORE

AMANDA SEALES WILL HOST THE 20TH ANNUAL AWARDS SHOW AIRING ON BET AND CBS SUNDAY, JUNE 28 AT 8PM ET/PT

#BETAWARDS

New York, NY – (June 24, 2020) – BET announced today that Black Thought, Jay Rock, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Mister Jahi, Nas, Public Enemy, Rapsody, Questlove, and YG will join the star-studded lineup of performers at the “BET Awards” 2020. In addition, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along with leading entertainers Billy Porter, Courtney B. Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Quincy Jones, Rapsody, Regina Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Saweetie, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Whoopi Goldberg and more will make appearances at the annual show, which expanded its footprint to go beyond the confines of a traditional stage show in response to safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, marking a first for the network. Hosted by comedian and actress Amanda Seales, the “BET Awards” 2020 will be simulcast LIVE at 8 PM ET across ViacomCBS networks including BET, BET HER, and will make its national broadcast premiere on CBS on Sunday, June 28 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT, 7:00 – 10:00 PM CT).

As previously announced, “BET Awards” 2020 will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher, and Wayne Brady, with appearances by BET Amplified Artists, Masego and Lonr. are also set to take the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists.

Dominating this year’s nominations is Drake with a total of 6, including ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and two nods for both ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice’ for his features alongside Chris Brown (No Guidance) and Future (Life Is Good). Newcomers Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch follow closely behind with five nominations each. Megan Thee Stallion nominations include ‘Best Female Hip Hop,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Roddy Ricch’s nods include ‘Best Male Hip Hop,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Best New Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Other leading nominees include Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo, and DaBaby, as each garnered four nominations.

Internationally, “BET Awards” 2020 will simulcast on BET Africa at 2 AM CAT on June 29th, followed by international broadcasts in the UK on June 29th at 9 PM BST, France on June 30th at 9:45 PM CEST and in South Korea on June 30th at 9 PM KST. BET will honor the ‘Best International Act’ in the main show, along with the fan-voted category ‘Best New International Act’ in the pre-show.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee The “BET Awards” 2020 and serve as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show.

Follow us @BET_PR AND @BETAWARDS

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran, NAACP Image® Award winner and Emmy® Award nominee Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, the company has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE produced the critically acclaimed biopic The New Edition Story, the story on the boy band that aired as a 3-part mini-series and posted record ratings for BET and attracted nearly 30 million viewers. It was followed by The Bobby Brown Story, which chronicled the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success, and was the highest rated non-tentpole program on the network since The New Edition Story. The next mini-series for JCE is Uptown, a 3-part original scripted miniseries for BET that will chronicle the story of producer Andre Harrell’s iconic record label, Uptown Records. The company’s current scripted TV series is American Soul, the story about the struggle to make the dream of Soul Train, the first nationally-syndicated Black music show, come true. It ended its first season as the #1 new cable scripted drama for African Americans 18-49 and its second season debuts in May 2020. Previously, JCE produced BET’s hit TV series Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart that ran for 5 seasons. On the unscripted side, JCE produces annual live specials — the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Past credits include Black Girls Rock!, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, ABFF Honors, BET Honors, Love & Happiness: An Obama Farewell, VH1’s Dear Mama, HBO’s Amanda Seales I Be Knowin;’ Netflix’s Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine. JCE’s game shows include VH1’s Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube and CMT’s Nashville Squares. Its music competition series on BET, Sunday Best is now in its 10th season and Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow featuring judges Tip “T.I.” Harris, Cardi B and Chance the Rapper will soon begin production on its second season that will air in 2021. Collins is also a producer for The Grammy Awards. He was on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players list, has been featured on the cover of Vibe magazine and in numerous publications including Ebony magazine’s Power 100 issue. Go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information on the company.