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Black Girls Rock! is an annual award show, founded by former DJ and model Beverly Bond, that honors and promotes Black women in different fields involving music, entertainment, medicine, entrepreneurship and visionary aspects; the categorized awards include "The 'Rock Star' Award," "Social Humanitarian," "Who Got Next?," "Living Legend," "Shot Caller," "Trailblazer," "Motivator," "Young, Gifted & Black," "Star Power," and "Visionary." [1] The program also features musical performances by female recording artists in the R&B and Soul music genres.

Black Girls Rock!
CountryUnited States
First awarded2006
Television/radio coverage

The annual ceremony made its official television debut on November 7, 2010 on BET[2]. The ceremony was hosted by actress Nia Long and featured recognitions and musical performances by musical performers such as SWV, Coko, Raven-Symoné, Keke Palmer, Ruby Dee, Teresa Clarke, Marcelite J. Harris, Iyanla Vanzant, Kelly Price, Keyshia Cole, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Keri Hilson, Ciara and Missy Elliott, who was previously honored with the "Creative Visionary" award in 2007.[1][3]

The inaugural ceremony's success has since led to Black Girls Rock! to become annual televised event on BET and its sister network Centric (now BET Her).[4]

The annual ceremony has been produced at from New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark since the 2015 event.[5]

At the 2016 event, Hillary Clinton attended and introduced Bond.[6]


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  • Rock Star Celebrant –

Janet Jackson[15]

  • Star Power Award –

Mary J Blige[15]

  • Living Legend Award –

Judith Jamison[15]

  • Black Girl Magic –

Naomi Campbell[15]

  • Shot Caller Award –

Lena Waithe[15]

  • Community Change Agent Award –

Tarana Burke[15]


  1. ^ a b Respers, Lisa (6 November 2010). "'Black Girls Rock!' on BET". The Marquee Blog. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  2. ^ Pendleton, Tonya. (2011). "Beverly Bond Shows, Proves that Black Girls Rock" Archived March 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  3. ^ Wolfe, Roman (26 September 2007). "Female Rappers, Executives Honored At Black Girls Rock! Awards". AllHipHop. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  4. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Beverly Bond Inks New BET Deal for 'Black Girls Rock' Awards (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter, November 18, 2013.
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  6. ^ The Huffington Post. 04/06/2016 Lilly Workneh
  7. ^ a b c Greg, Grouchy (26 September 2007). "Female Rappers, Executives Honored At Black Girls Rock! Awards". Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos | Allhiphop. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Black Girls Rock! Awards Honor Erykah Badu, Pam Grier, Iman and More". 16 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Black Girls Rock Awards". 5 May 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Nia Long Hosts BET's First Ever 'Black Girls Rock' Tribute to Black Women This Sunday | EURweb". EURweb. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Black Girls Rock! 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Obenson, Tambay A. "'Black Girls Rock!' 2012 Celebrates, Inspires On Sunday, Nov. 4 At 7pm/ET Exclusively On BET | IndieWire". Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e f "BLACK GIRLS ROCK! 2013 honors black women making an impact, airs on BET". Affrodite®. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d e f "2015 Black Girls Rock Awards Show, Newark". Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "2016 Awards". Retrieved 6 January 2017.

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