The 20th anniversary edition of Black Entertainment Awards known as the “BET Awards” virtual event is set to Air on BET & CBS on Sunday, June 28 From 8pm ET. We have covered everything you need to know about BET Awards 2020 Virtual Event.
The 2020 BET Awards will air June 28 as planned, but it will come together virtually. The show will be produced “using an array of innovative techniques and artist-generated content, promising an all-star lineup participation in the “celebration of black love, joy, pride, and power”. BET all ready announced this year’s show marks the 20th anniversary of the BET Awards and 40th anniversary of the network.
TV GUIDE: The “BET AWARDS” 2020 will 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).
Internationally, the show 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 8:45 pm CEST and in South Korea on June 30th at 9 pm KST. BET will honor the ‘Best International Act’, along with the fan-voted category ‘Best New International Act’.
HOST: Comedian and actress Amanda Seales will host the show known as a comedian and creative visionary. the host of NBC’s “Bring the Funny” joined by a performance lineup including Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle, Dababy, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Lonr, Masego, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Sir, Summer Walker,Usher, Wayne Brady and more.
PrTerrence J and Erica Ash will host the first interactive pre-show set to Air at 7 PM ET/PT on BET. Featuring celebrities, nominees, and special guests who will be participating in Black Entertainment’s biggest night.
PERFORMANCE: BET was created to stand at the forefront of black culture. We have made strides over the past two decades to create a space where black creativity, culture, and art have the opportunity to get the celebration it deserves in a world where it is systematically muted,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “This year we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition of providing fans with those special, not to be missed moments of enrichment, entertainment, empowerment and also using our platform to create change for our community.
BET announces the first group of performers 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, Wayne Brady, and more.
NOMINEES: BET Network have already been announced with Drake leading the pack with six nominations, followed by Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch tied with five nominations each. Rounding out the top nominees with four nods each are Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo and DaBaby. Check out the complete list of nominees here.
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.
BET AWARDS FUN FACTS: With an average 7 million viewers, the BET Awards remain the highest rated awards shows on cable television. The most nominated artist at the BET Awards is Beyoncé with 61 nominations (56 solo and 8 with Destiny’s Child). She also leads in wins with a total of 27. Chris Brown follows with 37 nominations and 14 wins.
Hip hop artists OutKast took home the first-ever BET award trophy during the first BET Awards ceremony on June 19, 2001. OutKast also won Video of the Year that night for “Ms Jackson”. Following the passing of Michael Jackson, the BET Awards scrambled to revamp the ceremony. Within three days of its airing on June 28, 2009 the ceremony became a tribute to the fallen star as routines were hurriedly changed to include Jackson’s greatest hits.
The only BET Ultimate Icon Award to date was awarded to Janet Jackson in 2015, which recognized her as a game changer in the fields of music, dance and video performances.
The BET Awards are a seminal event the biggest celebration of black culture, black accomplishment, black excellence, and black potential,” said Scott Mills, president of BET. “Our community, and the many millions who love black culture, look to the BET Awards for signature moments of enrichment, entertainment and empowerment. Recognizing the unique role the BET Awards plays for so many, and the challenging times we find ourselves in, we know it was more important than ever to deliver the BET Awards in 2020.
At BET, we place the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors, and partners first, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will go on implementing this innovative production direction,” added Connie Orlando, executive vice president of specials, music programming and music strategy at BET. “For the past 20 years, The BET Awards have paid homage to all things now and relevant. Despite the challenges of today, we will deliver a show filled with larger than life, inspiring, empowering and entertaining moments, which have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.
Many other award shows have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by postponing their 2020 presentations. These include the Academy of Country Music Awards, which were postponed to Sept. 16, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, postponed to Nov. 7. The BET Awards are among the first major award shows to stick with their original date, but modify the show to accommodate the current reality.
The BET Experience, the three-day event before the BET Awards, scheduled this year for June 25-27, was canceled. Refunds are available for all VIP packages sold to date. The BET Experience is set to return in 2021.