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When: Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 8PM ET
Where: Airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on BET.
As the summer heats up, the BET Awards cause a buzz of excitement as favorite nominees are named and ultimate winners announced at one of black entertainment’s most prestigious award shows.
This year, the BET Award nominees will be announced in May followed by a glittering awards ceremony televised live on BET on Sunday, June 28, 2020 beginning at 8PM ET live from the Microsoft Theater in LA.
Meanwhile, keep it here for the 2020 BET nominee list, the announcement of who will host this year’s ceremony, along with presenters, performers, and big winners at the 2020 BET Awards!
2019 BET Awards rewind
Regina Hall hosts the 2019 BET Awards.
Leading the pack of 2019 BET nominees (see below) was Cardi B with seven nominations including two for Video of the Year for “Money” and “Please Me”. She also earned nods for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Viewers’ Choice Award, and Album of the Year.
Drake received five nominations followed by Beyoncé, Travis Scott, and J. Cole with four nominations each. Bruno Mars, 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., and Ella Mai each earned three nominations.
Hosting the BET Awards this year for the first time ever was actress and funny lady, Regina Hall.
An all-star performance lineup at the 2019 BET Awards included lead nominee Cardi B, along with Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kelly Price, Meek Mill, Fantasia, DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, Yung Miami, Lucky Daye, and Kiana Ledé. along with Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds.
This year, Nipsey Hussle was be the recipient of the Humanitarian Award at the 2019 BET Awards with a special tribute performance by DJ Khaled, YG, John Legend and Mustard. A nationwide audience was also treated to appearances by this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Mary J Blige, along with Tyler Perry who was honored with the Ultimate Icon Award, as well as ChakaBars who was this year’s Global Good Honoree.
Presenters on the big night included Taraji P. Henson, Lena Waithe, Morris Chesnut, Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin, Raphael Saadiq, La La Anthony, Ayesha Curry, Larenz Tate, Amanda Seales, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ryan Destiny Jacob Latimore, Damson Idris, Mike Colter, Jodie Turner-Smith and TV/film/video director Melina Matsoukas.
Just up ahead, check out the complete list of nominees and WINNERS at the 2019 BET Awards along with fun facts and trivia on the BET Awards honoring the very best in music, entertainment and black achievement .
DID YOU KNOW? BET Awards fun facts
Record wins at the BET Awards.
• With an average 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 27. Chris Brown follows with 37 nominations and 14 wins.
• Hip hop artists OutKast took home the first-ever BET award trophy during the first BET Awards ceremony on June 19, 2001. OutKast also won Video of the Year that night for “Ms Jackson”.
• Following the passing of Michael Jackson, the BET Awards scrambled to revamp the ceremony. Within three days of its airing on June 28, 2009 the ceremony became a tribute to the fallen star as routines were hurriedly changed to include Jackson’s greatest hits.
• The only BET Ultimate Icon Award to date was awarded to Janet Jackson in 2015, which recognized her as a game changer in the fields of music, dance and video performances.
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2019 BET Awards Nominees & WINNERS
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
WINNER: Bruno Mars
Chloe X Halle
Lil Baby & Gunna
21 Savage Ft. J. Cole — “A Lot”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars — “Please Me”
Cardi B Ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin — “I Like It”
H.E.R. Ft. Bryson Tiller — “Could’ve Been”
WINNER: Travis Scott Ft. Drake — “Sicko Mode”
Tyga Ft. Offset — “Taste”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
WINNER: Nipsey Hussle
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
WINNER: Cardi B
Megan Thee Stallion
Video of the Year
21 Savage — “A Lot Ft. J. Cole”
Cardi B — “Money”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars — “Please Me”
WINNER: Childish Gambino — “This Is America”
Drake — “Nice for What”
The Carters — “Apes–t”
Video Director of the Year
WINNER: Karena Evans
Best New Artist
WINNER: Lil Baby
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Erica Campbell Ft. Warryn Campbell — “All of My Life”
Fred Hammond — “Tell Me Where It Hurts”
Kirk Franklin — “Love Theory”
WINNER: Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen — “Blessing Me Again”
Tori Kelly Ft. Kirk Franklin — “Never Alone”
Best International Act
Aka (South Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
WINNER: Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)
Best New International Act
Headie One (UK)
WINNER: Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
WINNER: Regina King
Taraji P. Henson
WINNER: Michael B. Jordan
WINNER: Marsai Martin
Michael Rainey Jr.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
The Hate U Give
Sportswoman of the Year
WINNER: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year
Odell Beckham Jr.
WINNER: Stephen Curry
Album of the Year
Travis Scott — Astroworld
Meek Mill — Championships
Ella Mai — Ella Mai
The Carters — Everything Is Love
WINNER: Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy
2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin — “I Like It”
Childish Gambino — “This Is America”
Drake — “In My Feelings”
WINNER: Ella Mai — “Trip”
J. Cole — “Middle Child”
Travis Scott Ft. Drake — “Sicko Mode”