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Taraji P. Henson announced as host of the 2021 “BET Awards” as Queen Latifah is confirmed as recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Today, BET announces that Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actor, filmmaker and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson will host the 2021 “BET AWARDS” and GRAMMY award-winning musician, critically acclaimed Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated actor Queen Latifah will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement BET Award. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 will air LIVE, Monday 28 June on BETAfrica (DStv channel 129) at 01:00 WAT.  You can also catch the repeat at 18:00 WAT on the same day.   

“The 2021 BET Awards theme, The year of Black Women, is a celebration to honour trailblazing black women across the globe,” said Monde Twala, SVP at BET International. “Now in its twenty-first year, the BET AWARDS continues its reign as the platform to showcase black female excellence and shine a light on culture as the driving force for social change.” 

“Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “The BET AWARDS is the ultimate celebration of Black culture, and we are looking forward to spotlighting and celebrating Black women during this year’s show, recognizing them for everything they’ve accomplished and applauding them for what’s to come.” 

Taraji P. Henson most recently wrapped her iconic run as “Cookie Lyon” on Fox’s hit musical drama EMPIRE, which has earned her three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award, and three BET Awards. She portrayed NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in the Academy Award nominated film HIDDEN FIGURES, as well as lent her voice to Disney’s RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2. In 2018, she launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honour of her late father. The organisation provides scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health disciplines, offers mental health services to youth in urban schools, and works to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women. Henson, along with her best friend and foundation partner, Tracie Jade, recently co-hosted the Facebook Watch series on mental health called PEACE OF MIND WITH TARAJI, for which they received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.” 

Additionally, the “BET AWARDS” will be honouring Queen Latifah with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award. Latifah has had amazing success since her career began in Hollywood and became the first hip-hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. She received rave reviews, industry recognition, and accolades for her roles in feature musical CHICAGO and cable films LIFE SUPPORT and BESSIE, which she also produced. Additionally, Latifah starred in the hit comedy GIRLS TRIP and has also taken to the stage and small screen as the title character in the television musical, THE WIZ LIVE!. Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company owned and operated by Latifah and Shakim Compere, was behind the hit comedies, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, BEAUTY SHOP, and THE PERFECT HOLIDAY. Latifah currently stars in and is an executive producer on the CBS series reboot of THE EQUALIZER, which quickly became TV’s #1 scripted series this year.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee The “BET Awards” 2021 and serve as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment. 

Voting for the 2021 BET AWARDS ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’ is now open here. BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show. 

The previously announced nominees for the “BET AWARDS” 2021 are: 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT 

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE) 

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA) 

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA) 

EMICIDA (BRAZIL) 

HEADIE ONE (UK) 

WIZKID (NIGERIA) 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY (UK) 

YOUSSOUPHA (FRANCE) 

VIEWER’S CHOICE – BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL  

ELAINE (South Africa) 

ARLO PARKS (UK) 

BRAMSITO (France) 

BREE RUNWAY (UK) 

TEMS (Nigeria) 

MC DRICKA (Brazil) 

RONISIA (France) 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

AFTER HOURS – THE WEEKND 

BLAME IT ON BABY – DABABY 

GOOD NEWS – MEGAN THEE STALLION 

HEAUX TALES – JAZMINE SULLIVAN 

KING’S DISEASE – NAS 

UNGODLY HOUR – CHLOE X HALLE 

BEST COLLABORATION 

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP 

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR 

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR 

JACK HARLOW FT. DABABY, TORY LANEZ & LIL WAYNE – WHATS POPPIN (REMIX) 

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. DABABY – CRY BABY 

POP SMOKE FT. LIL BABY & DABABY – FOR THE NIGHT 

BEST FEMALE R&B / POP ARTIST 

BEYONCÉ 

H.E.R. 

JAZMINE SULLIVAN 

JHENÉ AIKO 

SUMMER WALKER 

SZA 

BEST MALE R&B / POP ARTIST 

6LACK 

ANDERSON .PAAK 

CHRIS BROWN 

GIVEON 

TANK 

THE WEEKND 

BEST NEW ARTIST 

COI LERAY 

FLO MILLI 

GIVEON 

JACK HARLOW 

LATTO 

POOH SHIESTY 

BEST GROUP 

21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN 

CHLOE X HALLE 

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG 

CITY GIRLS 

MIGOS 

SILK SONIC 

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST 

CARDI B 

COI LERAY 

DOJA CAT 

MEGAN THEE STALLION 

LATTO 

SAWEETIE 

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST 

DABABY 

DRAKE 

J. COLE 

JACK HARLOW 

LIL BABY 

POP SMOKE 

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD 

BEBE WINANS – IN JESUS NAME 

CECE WINANS – NEVER LOST 

H.E.R. – HOLD US TOGETHER 

KIRK FRANKLIN – STRONG GOD 

MARVIN SAPP – THANK YOU FOR IT ALL 

TAMELA MANN – TOUCH FROM YOU  

BET HER AWARD 

ALICIA KEYS FT. KHALID – SO DONE  

BRANDY FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER – BABY MAMA  

BRI STEVES – ANTI QUEEN 

CHLOE X HALLE – BABY GIRL 

CIARA FT. ESTER DEAN – ROOTED 

SZA – GOOD DAYS 

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD 

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP  

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY 

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR  

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR  

DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER 

LIL BABY – THE BIGGER PICTURE 

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX)  

SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN        

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

CARDI B – UP 

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP 

CHLOE X HALLE – DO IT 

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY 

DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER 

SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN 

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 

BENNY BOOM 

BRUNO MARS AND FLORENT DÉCHARD 

COLE BENNETT 

COLIN TILLEY 

DAVE MEYERS 

HYPE WILLIAMS 

BEST MOVIE 

COMING 2 AMERICA 

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH 

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM 

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… 

SOUL 

THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY 

BEST ACTRESS 

ANDRA DAY 

ANGELA BASSETT 

ISSA RAE 

JURNEE SMOLLETT 

VIOLA DAVIS 

ZENDAYA 

BEST ACTOR 

ALDIS HODGE 

CHADWICK BOSEMAN 

DAMSON IDRIS 

DANIEL KALUUYA 

EDDIE MURPHY 

LAKEITH STANFIELD 

YOUNGSTARS AWARD 

ALEX R. HIBBERT 

ETHAN HUTCHISON 

LONNIE CHAVIS 

MARSAI MARTIN 

MICHAEL EPPS 

STORM REID 

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 

A’JA WILSON 

CANDACE PARKER 

CLARESSA SHIELDS 

NAOMI OSAKA 

SERENA WILLIAMS 

SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH 

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 

KYRIE IRVING

LEBRON JAMES

PATRICK MAHOMES

RUSSELL WESTBROOK

RUSSELL WILSON

STEPHEN CURRY

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