It is a double event for BET. This year will mark its 20th-anniversary and 40th anniversary of the BET Network.
Also, this year, however, the show is being scaled back due to health concerns, so watch for a virtual awards ceremony to be televised live on BET on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
According to Scott Mills, President of BET, the BET Awards are a seminal event – the biggest celebration of Black culture, Black accomplishment, Black excellence, and Black potential. Our community, and the many millions who love Black culture, look to the BET Awards for signature moments of enrichment, entertainment and empowerment. Recognizing the unique role the BET Awards plays for so many, and the challenging times we find ourselves in, we know it was more important than ever to deliver the BET Awards in 2020.”
“At BET, we place the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors, and partners first, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will go on implementing this innovative production direction,“ said Connie Orlando, Executive V.P specials, music programming and music strategy at BET. “For the past 20 years, The BET Awards have paid homage to all things now and relevant. Despite the challenges of today, we will deliver a show filled with larger than life, inspiring, empowering and entertaining moments, which have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.”
The 3-day BET Experience, the event leading up to the awards show, was scheduled between June 25-27, 2020, but has been canceled. The BET Experience is set to return in 2021.
With an average of 7 million viewers, the BET Awards remain the highest-rated awards shows on cable television.
The most nominated artist at the BET Awards is Beyoncé with 61 nominations (56 solo and 8 with Destiny’s Child). She also leads in wins with a total of 31. Chris Brown follows with 37 nominations and 14 wins.