Taraji P. Henson Returns to Host 2022 BET Awards for Second Consecutive Year

Taraji P. Henson returns to host the 2022 BET Awards for the second year in a row… after last year’s ratings success

  • Henson, 51, will host the BET Awards ceremony on June 26
  • The actress scored a ratings hit when she hosted the 2021 edition
  • She becomes the sixth person to host the awards ceremony two years in a row
  • First-round voting for the show runs May 6-13

Taraji P. Henson is back after agreeing to host the BET Awards for the second year in a row.

The 51-year-old Oscar nominee said she was “honoured” to be invited back for the Sunday, June 26 hosting concert in a statement after the network announced her return on Thursday.

BET invited the actress back to host after last year’s ceremony became the highest-rated awards show on cable among the coveted 18-49 age group, according to Billboard.

She returns ! Taraji P. Henson, 51, was announced Thursday as the host of the 2022 BET Awards. The ceremony will take place Sunday, June 26 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles; seen in February in Inglewood, California.

The BET Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“I’m honored to return as host of the BET Awards and share the stage with so many powerful and prolific artists; you can even call it the ’empire’ of black excellence,” said Henson, who previously starred in the popular Empire series.

She singled out BET CEO Scott M. Mills, Executive Vice President of Specials, Music Programming and Music Strategy Connie Orlando, and the show’s production company, Jesse Collins Entertainment.

“Working with amazing partners like Scott and Connie at BET and Jesse Collins Entertainment is a creative’s dream. I look forward to celebrating Black music, entertainment and culture with our viewers on what will be a night to remember. ‘, she continued.

Take two: Taraji led the BET Awards for the 2021 show, which was the highest-rated awards show on cable of the year and the highest-rated network show of the year;  seen in 2021 in LA

Take two: Taraji led the BET Awards for the 2021 show, which was the highest-rated awards show on cable of the year and the highest-rated network show of the year; seen in 2021 in LA

Orlando praised Taraji as an example of “black excellence” in his own statement.

“Taraji P. Henson is the personification of Black excellence, and we are thrilled to partner with the phenomenal, multi-talented stage and film actress to once again host the ultimate celebration of Black culture this year,” it said. she declared.

Taraji’s return two years in a row is a rarity for the BET Awards, but not unprecedented.

Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer hosted as a team in 2001 and again in 2002, while Monique held hosting positions from 2003 to 2004.

More recently, Anthony Anderson and his Black-ish costar Tracee Ellis Ross hosted together in 2015 and 2016.

In good company: She joins a small list of stars who have hosted two years in a row, including Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer (2001¿2002), Monique (2003¿2004) and Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross (2015¿2016) ;  Anderson and Ross photographed in 2019 in New York

In good company: She joins a small list of stars who have hosted two years in a row, including Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer (2001-2002), Monique (2003-2004) and Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross (2015-2016) ; Anderson and Ross photographed in 2019 in New York

Awards show ratings have generally gone down in recent years, but the BET Awards has managed to be one of the most popular award shows on cable channels.

The awards shows have consistently been the most popular TV show among African American viewers, and the awards show is BET’s highest-rated show each year.

Taraji’s long film and television career has already been recognized at the BET Awards, where she won Best Actress six times, including for Brad Pitt with The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Hustle & Flow, Hidden Figures and two times for his Fox series Empire.

The first round of voting for the BET Awards will begin Friday, May 6 and run until May 13.

The show uses a hybrid cast of voters including specially selected fans and entertainment industry professionals.

Repeat Winner: Henson has already won Best Actress at the BET Awards six times;  seen in 2021 in LA

Repeat Winner: Henson has already won Best Actress at the BET Awards six times; seen in 2021 in LA

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