Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, filmmaker and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, the 2021 “BET AWARDS” will air LIVE at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, Sunday, June 27 (8:00 - 11:30 PM, ET/PT, 7:00 - 10:30 PM CT) from the Microsoft Theater. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 will also be honoring award-winning musician, critically acclaimed Golden Globe®-winning, and Academy Award®-nominated actor Queen Latifah with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award.
Megan Thee Stallion joins the star-studded line-up of performers Andra Day, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Lil Nas X, Migos, Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Tyler The Creator and many more. Additionally, up and coming artists Tone Stith and Mereba will be gracing the BET Amplified Stage, BET Music's stamp of approval on the next big thing in music.
Dominating this year’s nominations are Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby with a total of seven nominations each. Cardi B and Drake follow closely behind with five nominations each. Other leading nominees include Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Chloe x Halle, and Chris Brown, as each garnered four nominations. You can find a full list of nominations here.
“BET Awards” 2021 presenters include Ashanti, Chloe Bailey, Ciara, Crystal Renee Hayslett, DJ Cassidy, Ebony Obsidian, Eva Marcille, Issa Rae, Jill Scott, KJ Smith, Lena Waithe, Marsai Martin, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor, Mignon, Mj Rodriguez, Naomi Campbell, Novi Brown, Regina Hall, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Saweetie, and Sevyn Streeter. Jennifer Hudson will also be making a special appearance at the award show.
Beloved rapper DMX will be honored with a special tribute at the 2021 “BET AWARDS.” The tribute is being curated by producer Swizz Beatz, and will include standout performances from Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz, Griselda, and a special appearance by Michael K. Williams.
Internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africa at 2am CAT and MTV Brazil at 9pm BRT on June 27th, followed by international broadcasts on MTV UK on June 28th at 9pm BST, BET France on June 29th at 8:45pm CEST. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning June 29th. The BET Awards will also broadcast LIVE on the BET Brazil channel, via the free streaming service, Pluto TV.