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The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on BET. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a televised ceremony.

BET Awards
BET Awards 2019
Bet-awards-trophy.jpg
BET Awards 2018 Trophy
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the entertainment industry
CountryUnited States
Presented byBET
First awardedJune 19, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-06-19)
Websitehttp://www.bet.com/shows/bet-awards.html Edit this on Wikidata

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TrophyEdit

The BET Award Trophy, inspired by three words - aspire, ascend, achieve, was designed by artist/sculptor Carlos "Mare139" Rodriguez.[1] OutKast won the first award trophy during the first ceremony in 2001. In 2007, Society Awards, the New York firm who manufactures the award, enhanced the quality of the trophy design using plated steel and black crystal.

RatingsEdit

Year Day Date BET Cumulative Ref.
Household rating 18–49 rating Viewers
(in millions)
18–49 rating Viewers
(in millions)
2001 Tuesday June 19 4.3 Unknown 5.20 No simulcast [2]
2002 June 25 4.0 Unknown 4.40 [2]
2003 June 24 4.3 Unknown 5.50 [2]
2004 June 29 3.4 Unknown 5.60 [3][4]
2005 June 28 3.7 Unknown 6.58 [5]
2006 June 28 4.9 Unknown 6.60 [6]
2007 June 26 3.4 Unknown 6.39 [7]
2008 June 24 3.2 Unknown 5.85 [8]
2009 Sunday June 28 Unknown Unknown 10.65 [9]
2010 June 27 Unknown Unknown 7.40 [10]
2011 June 26 Unknown 3.3 7.71 [11]
2012 July 1 Unknown 3.2 7.42 [12]
2013 June 30 Unknown 3.4 7.77 [13]
2014 June 29 Unknown 3.1 7.50 Unknown 7.90 [14][15]
2015 June 28 Unknown 2.6 6.27 Unknown 6.50 [16][15]
2016 June 26 Unknown 1.9 4.50 4.3 7.20 [17][18]
2017 June 25 Unknown 1.5 3.83 3.5 5.80 [19][20]
2018 June 24 Unknown 1.2 2.87 1.8 4.30 [4][21]
2019 June 23 1.4 1.0 2.43 1.5 3.79 [22][23]

List of ceremoniesEdit

The inaugural ceremony in 2001 was held at the Paris Las Vegas resort on the Las Vegas Strip. From 2002 to 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the awards. From 2006 to 2012, the ceremonies were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The ceremony was moved to the Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre) at L.A. Live in 2013.

Most recent BET Awards winners
← 2018 23 June 2019 2020 →
     
Award Album of the Year Video of the Year
Winner Cardi B
Invasion of Privacy
Childish Gambino
"This Is America"
     
Award Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award Best Collaboration
Winner Ella Mai
"Trip"
Travis Scott
(ft. Drake)
"Sicko Mode"
# Date Venue Host city Host
1st June 19, 2001 Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer
2nd June 29, 2002 Kodak Theatre Los Angeles
3rd June 24, 2003 Mo'Nique
4th June 29, 2004
5th June 28, 2005 Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
6th June 27, 2006 Shrine Auditorium Damon Wayans
7th June 26, 2007 Mo'Nique
8th June 24, 2008 D. L. Hughley
9th June 28, 2009 Jamie Foxx
10th June 27, 2010 Queen Latifah
11th June 26, 2011 Kevin Hart
12th July 1, 2012 Samuel L. Jackson
13th June 30, 2013 Microsoft Theater Chris Tucker
14th June 29, 2014 Chris Rock
15th June 28, 2015 Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross
16th June 26, 2016
17th June 25, 2017 Leslie Jones
18th June 24, 2018 Jamie Foxx
19th June 23, 2019 Regina Hall

Nomination processEdit

The nomination process is handled by a voting academy made up of about 500 people from the music industry, media, and bloggers. BET sends out ballots electronically and voters nominate deserving works and artists in all categories who they think should be nominated. Nominations and voting ballots are collated by Yangaroo, Inc., a leading digital distribution firm that works on many other awards shows, including those of BET sister networks under parent company Viacom, Inc., as well. The top nominees are determined in each category, and the winners are selected via the academy members' voting process.[24][25][26]

PerformancesEdit

Award categoriesEdit

Current awardsEdit

Defunct awardsEdit

Special awardsEdit

The BET Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian and Ultimate Icon Award recipients, along with the nominees for other categories are announced in a press conference. At the awards ceremony a mini-documentary is shown covering the honorees' life. The awards are given out separately. The Ultimate Icon Award was created in 2015 and presented in the ceremony.

Lifetime Achievement

The BET Lifetime Achievement Award is given a veteran artist or group who has made notable contributions to the music industry. The honoree is paid tribute to by current popular singers who perform the honoree's most recognized songs. The honoree will usually perform themselves after being paid tribute.

Humanitarian

In 2002, at the second annual BET Awards, the category for the BET Award Humanitarian Award was created. The Humanitarian Award is given to a celebrity philanthropist who donates their time and money to a charitable cause.

Ultimate Icon

In 2015 and 2018, at the fifteenth and eighteenth annual BET Awards, the category of the Ultimate Icon Award was created. It is given to a veteran artist whose career is deemed iconic by fans and critics alike for their notable contributions in the music, dance and music video fields.

Most nominated and winning artistsEdit

Below are the current rankings for the most wins and most nominated artist (male & female):

Most wins (as of 2019)[citation needed]

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Beyoncé Chris Brown Drake Serena Williams Nicki Minaj
Total wins 30 15 13 12 11

Most nominations (as of 2017)

This is a list of multiple nominated performers, athletes & actors with 5 or more career nominations. Beyoncé is currently the most nominated performer with 61 nominations, solo and with Destiny's Child.[citation needed]

65 nominations

51 nominations

  • Drake 46 solo; 5 w/ Young Money

43 nominations

35 nominations

  • Jay Z 30 solo; 5 w/ Watch The Throne

33 nominations

31 nominations

29 nominations

23 nominations

21 nominations

19 nominations

18 nominations

17 nominations

16 nominations

15 nominations

14 nominations

13 nominations

12 nominations

11 nominations

10 nominations

9 nominations

8 nominations

7 nominations

6 nominations

5 nominations

ReferencesEdit

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