The 1st BET Awards took place at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 19, 2001. The awards recognized Americans in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. Comedian Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer hosted the event for the first time.

1st BET Awards
DateJune 19, 2001
LocationParis Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Presented byBlack Entertainment Television
Hosted bySteve Harvey
Cedric the Entertainer
Television/radio coverage
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Winners and nominees

Video of the Year Viewers' Choice
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female R&B Artist Best Male R&B Artist
Best Female Group Best Male Group
Best New Artist Best Gospel Artist
Best Actress Best Actor
Sportswoman of the Year Sportsman of the Year
Lifetime Achievement