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TV Ratings: BET Awards Rebound With Double-Digit Gains

Add the BET Awards to the list of awards telecasts that improved their ratings after bottoming out in recent years. Sunday’s show — which was simulcast across 10 ViacomCBS cable outlets, including BET — averaged 3.2 million viewers. That’s a 34 percent gain over the 2021 show, which came in at an all-time low of […]

BET Awards: 8 Things the Cameras Missed

The BET Awards, otherwise known as “Culture’s Biggest Night,” is adept at highlighting cultural and artistic diversity within the Black community and broader African diaspora. Many examples of this were broadcast for the world to see: host Taraji P. Henson shouting out Historically Black Colleges and Universities (specifically Howard University in celebration of fellow alum […]

BET Awards: Diddy Celebrated With Kanye “Ye” West Speech and Star-Studded Musical Tribute

Diddy reflected on his storied career while accepting the lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s BET Awards ceremony. The segment began with a star-studded medley of hits on which the music superstar is credited. This included Jodeci’s “Come and Talk to Me,” Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Goin’ Down,” Puff Daddy’s “Victory,” Shyne’s “Bad Boyz,” Puff Daddy’s […]

BET Awards: Janelle Monae Holds Up Middle Finger, Says “F*** You, Supreme Court” During Live Telecast

The stars at the BET Awards wasted no time in criticizing the Supreme Court after its decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. Janelle Monáe, the first presenter of the night, put up a middle finger and said, “Fuck you, Supreme Court,” from the stage during the live […]

BET Awards: Jazmine Sullivan, Mary J. Blige, Marsai Martin Among Winners

Stars at the 2022 BET Awards didn’t shy away from addressing the recent Supreme Court decision to reverse the Roe v. Wade ruling at Sunday night’s ceremony. The show kicked off with host Taraji P. Henson, presenter Janelle Monáe and best female R&B/pop artist winner Jazmine Sullivan all criticizing the decision within the first 17 […]

What to Expect From the 2022 BET Awards: “It’s Our Black Super Bowl”

At last year’s BET Awards, Taraji P. Henson, who served as the night’s emcee, paid tribute to iconic women of Black Hollywood by donning a mix of outfits and hairstyles honoring personal inspirations of hers like Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Esther Jones. This year, Henson is back as host, and though the specifics of […]

BET Awards: Sean “Diddy” Combs to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Sean “Diddy” Combs will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 BET Awards. The award “honors industry giants who have not only significantly shaped culture through their extensive careers, but who have also been transformative leaders that consistently inspire generations by setting a true standard of excellence,” BET said in making the […]

BET Awards: Doja Cat Leads Nominations With Six

Doja Cat leads the nominations for the 2022 BET Awards with a total of six mentions, including best female R&B/pop artist and best female hip-hop artist. Ari Lennox and Drake follow with four noms each, while Baby Keem, Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), Chlöe, Future, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, […]

Taraji P. Henson to Return as Host of 2022 BET Awards

Taraji P. Henson will repeat as host of the 2022 BET Awards, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 26. Henson hosted last year’s BET Awards which was the top-rated cable award show among all adults 18-49 in 2021. “I am honored to return as the host of the […]

Bobby Brown and Ricky Bell Perform Together During DJ Cassidy’s Birthday Party

After Sunday night’s BET Awards in Los Angeles, the network kept the party going with the world premiere of DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic: BET Awards Edition, the latest installment of the music maestro’s pandemic series that follows the beat as music legends pass the flow from one virtual location to another. As the show […]

BET Awards: Queen Latifah Gets Emotional as MC Lyte, Lil’ Kim Pay Tribute With Career Achievement Honor

Queen Latifah became visibly emotional during Sunday’s BET Awards, where she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Introducing the award was MC Lyte, who called Latifah “my sister in hip-hop but even more importantly, my sister in life.” She added that Latifah is “a woman who has been creating magic for decades — an […]

Jennifer Hudson, H.E.R. on “Giving People Their Flowers” During BET Awards’ “Year of the Woman”

Sunday night’s BET Awards marked the first major awards show to return to the pre-pandemic format, rolling out the red carpet in Los Angeles for the likes of Issa Rae, H.E.R., Cardi B, Andra Day, Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion. Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, with Queen Latifah receiving the night’s big Lifetime […]