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The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television cable network. What distinguishes this show from other awards shows is that it includes many entertainment and philanthropic categories that celebrate African American culture. Artists and other minorities in music, sports, acting and many other fields over the prior year are honored.

The awards show is broadcast live on BET, with presenters such as actor, comedian and singer, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson. Prior show hosts have included: comedians and actors, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer; comedienne and actress, Mo'Nique; actors, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith; comedians and actors, Damon Wayans and DL Hughley; veteran rapper, writer, actress and producer, Queen Latifah; and actor and comedian, Kevin Hart.

The award sculpture was designed by Carlos Mare Rodriguez, a Hip Hop culture icon. The inaugural ceremony was held in 2001 at Las Vegas' Paris resort. The Kodak Theater in Hollywood hosted the event from 2002 to 2005. Since then, the awards have been held at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. Next year, the BET Awards plans to relocate to the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

The main categories of the BET Awards include Best: Hip-Hop Artists, Gospel Artist, R and B Artists, Group, New Artist, Collaboration, Music Video, Video of the Year, Viewer's Choice, Centric Award, Actor and Actress, Movie and Athlete of the Year.

One of the most important features of the show is The BET Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Awards. Nominees are announced ahead of time in a special press conference. The awards ceremony features a short documentary that covers each honoree's life. Each award is given out separately.

The BET Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a legendary artist or group who has made a very notable contribution to the entertainment industry. A tribute is paid by current singers, all of whom perform each honoree's most popular songs. The honoree also performs after the tribute has concluded. Recipients of this award have included: Whitney Houston, Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Al Green, The O'Jays, Prince, Patti Labelle and Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly.

The BET Humanitarian Award category was created in 2002, which debuted at the second annual show. The Humanitarian Award goes to celebrity philanthropists who donate their resources to charitable causes. Recipients have included: Muhammad Ali, Earvin Magic Johnson, Danny Glover, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Harry Belafonte, Don Cheadle, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Steve Harvey and Rev. Al Sharpton.

BET Awards is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (23 episodes). The series first aired on June 19, 2001.

Where do I stream BET Awards online? BET Awards is available for streaming on BET, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch BET Awards on demand at Philo, BET online.

1 Season, 23 Episodes
June 19, 2001
Awards Show
Cast: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, 112, 2 Chainz
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BET Awards Full Episode Guide

  • Amanda Seales hosts the 2020 BET Awards honoring top entertainers.

  • The BET Awards celebrates African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The annual award show features performances by artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a televised ceremony broadcast on BET. The BET Awards also takes over L.A. LIVE for an electrifying three days and nights of music and entertainment in L.A. In addition to concerts, comedy shows and home of the BET Awards, the BET Experience 3-day weekend will feature BET Fan Fest, Celebrity Basketball, seminars, various social events and celebrity appearances. BET Experience will climax with the BET Awards broadcasting live from Microsoft Theater L.A.

  • Jamie Foxx returns to host BET's 18th annual event honoring top entertainers.

  • Leslie Jones hosts the annual awards gala, which features performances by Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Tamar Braxton and Trey Songz. New Edition is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Chance the Rapper is honored with the Humanitarian Award. Nominees include BeyoncĂ©, who has seven nods; Bruno Mars, who has five; and Chance the Rapper, Solange and Migos, who each have four. From the Microsoft Theater in L.A.

  • The 2016 BET Awards will be held on June 26, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Black Entertainment Television honors African Americans and other minorities for their roles in entertainment during the previous years. These awards are handed out annually and are broadcast live on BETThis Year, celebrating legendary artist Prince with musical tributes, including Sheila E., The Roots, D'Angelo, Janelle Monae, and much more.Hosting: Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson

  • Comedians Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross co-host the 15th annual BET Awards. The show airs live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles, California.

  • Chris Rock hosts the 2014 BET Awards with special performances by Pharrell Williams, Usher, Drake and Lil Wayne.

  • Chris Tucker hosts the 2013 BET Awards with special performances by Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, and Chris Brown.

  • Samuel L. Jackson hosts the 2012 BET Awards Live with special performances including Nicki Minaj, Usher, and Chris Brown.

  • Kevin Hart hosts the 2011 BET Awards Live at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Performances by Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Beyone and more will light the stage.

  • Queen Latifah hosts the 2010 BET Awards Live at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Performances by Diddy-Dirty Money, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Drake and more will light the stage!

  • After the death of Michael Jackson, BET re-organized most of the 2009 BET Awards ceremony to commemorate the artist's life. Host Jamie Foxx said, "We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everybody else." The show was revised within three days of its airing on June 28, 2009, with several artists changing their original planned routine to sing many of Michael Jackson's songs, including songs he sang as a member of The Jackson Five as well as songs in his solo career.[1] His father, Joseph Jackson, and former confidant, Reverend Al Sharpton were present as audience members throughout the show. Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson's sister made an appearance at the finale of the show, and spoke briefly on behalf of the Jackson family.

  • Watch the second part of the road to the BETX Awards.

  • Watch the third part of the road to the BETX Awards.

  • The biggest night in music; the hottest red-carpet looks; the biggest winners; great performances.

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Watch Jay-Z Pull an 'Imma Let You Finish' on Kanye at the BET Awards

You may remember, a few years back at the MTV Video Music Awards, how Kanye West interrupted poor Taylor Swift, sparking a popular Internet meme as well as a pretty good episode of "South Park." Well, vengeance comes eventually, even if it might be a little late.

Chris Brown Wins Big at BET Awards, Unlucky Fan Tiffany Green Gets Caught Up in Ugly On-Air Screw-up (VIDEO)

Convicted woman-beater and alleged homophobe Chris Brown cleaned house at the BET Awards last night, where the telecast was marred by an unbelievably uncomfortable on-air screw-up. A truly bizarre mistake during the ceremony left Rihanna out in the cold and unlucky fan Tiffany Green spitting fire on Facebook.

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Jay Rock Brings Out the Horns for a "WIN"ning Performance | BET Awards 2018 Clip (2 min 47 sec) Miguel Performs "Come Through and Chill" & "Sky Walker"! | BET Awards 2018 Clip (3 min 54 sec) Migos Performs "Walk It Talk It" And "Stir Fry"! Did They Stir Up The Night? | BET Awards 2018 Clip (3 min 29 sec) Nicki Minaj With A Sexy Chun-Li" & Rich Sex" Performance! | BET Awards 2018 Clip (4 min 11 sec) YG, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj & Big Sean In A Bomb "Big Bank" Performance! | BET Awards 2018 Clip (3 min 36 sec) Jamie Foxx Tributes Anita Baker By Singing Some Of Her Classics! | BET Awards 2018 Clip (4 min 2 sec) "Stay Woke"! Meek Mill & Miguel In An Emotional Police Brutality Live Performance | BET Awards 2018 Clip (4 min ) Ledisi sings Anita Bakers "Sweet Love" Tribute | BET Awards 2018 Clip (2 min 34 sec)