Taraji P. Henson will rehearse as host of the 2022 BET Awards, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 26. in 2021.
“I am honored to return as host of the BET Awards and to share the stage with so many powerful and prolific artists; it can even be said to be the “empire” of black excellence”, the former Empire the star said in a 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,” said Connie. Orlando, evp specials, musical programming. & music strategy at BET.
Henson is the fourth host or hosting crew in the show’s history to present the show in two consecutive years, following Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer (2001-02), Mo’Nique (2003-04) and blackish co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross (2015-16).
Henson is a six-time winner of the BET Awards for Best Actress for her performances in films such as Bustle and flow and hidden numbers and the TV series Empire. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2008. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and received three Emmy nominations for Fox’s Empire and the lifetime program, Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story.
The BET Awards are one of the most-watched award shows on cable television. The BET Awards franchise remains the #1 program in cable television history among African Americans, and it’s the #1 broadcast for BET every year.
The 2022 BET Awards will air on Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show will be broadcast live on the East Coast and delayed on the West Coast. Orlando will oversee the show, with Jamal Noisette, vice president, specials, music programming and music strategy in co-executive production for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the show’s production company with Collins, Dionne Harmon and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as executive producers.
In a statement, Henson said she looked forward to working with BET’s general manager Scott M. Mills again; Orlando; and the people of Collins’ business. “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 an unforgettable evening. .
In fall 2020, Henson announced his production company TPH Entertainment (his initials), along with producing partner Christine Conley. TPH Entertainment recently entered into an overall deal with BET Studios. Henson is represented by CAA, M88, The Lede Company and Johnson, Shapiro, Slewitt & Kole.
First-round voting for the BET Awards runs from Friday, May 6 through Thursday, May 13. The BET Awards have emanated from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles every year since 2003, with the exception of the 2020 show, which was virtual due to the pandemic. BET.com/betawards is the official site for the 2022 BET Awards.