NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BET today announces plans to move forward with the 2020 “BET Awards,” which will celebrate the brightest stars in music, TV, film, sports and philanthropy on Sunday, June 28, 2020, 8 p.m. ET. Using an array of innovative techniques and artist-generated content, the show will go on, allowing audiences to join in a celebration of black love, joy, pride and power with star-studded programming. on television’s biggest stage. 2020 marks both the 20th anniversary of the awards and the 40th anniversary of BET. This year’s show will continue the rich history of providing fans with those special can’t-miss moments. The official nominations for the 2020 “BET Awards” will be announced at a later date.
“The BET Awards are a signature event – the largest celebration of black culture, black achievement, black excellence and black potential,” said Scott Mills, president of BET. “Our community and the millions of people who love black culture look to the BET Awards for moments of enrichment, entertainment and empowerment. Recognizing the unique role the BET Awards play for so many people and difficult times we find ourselves in, we know it was more important than ever to deliver the BET Awards in 2020.”
“At BET, we prioritize the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors and partners, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will continue to implement this innovative production direction,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “For the past twenty years, the BET Awards have honored all that is current and relevant. Despite today’s challenges, we will deliver a show filled with larger-than-life moments that are inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining, who have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.
Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee the 2020 “BET Awards” and serve as executive producer with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
Due to the current global health crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, BET’s three-day event leading up to the “BET Awards”, the BET Experience, will not take place as scheduled from June 25-27. The BET Experience will return in 2021. All VIP packages sold to date will be available for refund. More information is available at BET.com/Experience.
BET will continue to provide updates to our valued viewers regarding any new developments.
For the latest 2020 “BET AWARDS” news and updates, please visit BET.com/Awards.
ABOUT THE BET
BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for African American audiences. The main channel BET is present in 90 million homes and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions, including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for black entertainment, music, culture and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African American woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET worldwide.
ABOUT THE “BET AWARDS”
The “BET Awards” is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains the #1 program in cable television history among African Americans, and it’s BET’s #1 TV broadcast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of performers, entertainers and athletes in a variety of categories.
ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT
Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran, NAACP Image® Award winner and Emmy® Award nominee Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, the company has played a vital role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in musical entertainment. JCE produced the critically acclaimed biopic The New Edition Story, the boy band story which aired as a 3-part miniseries and posted record ratings for BET and drew nearly 30 million views. viewers. It was followed by The Bobby Brown Story, which chronicled the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success, and was the highest-rated non-flagship program on the network since The New Edition Story. The next mini-series for JCE is Downtown, an original 3-part scripted miniseries for BET that will chronicle the story of producer Andre Harrell’s iconic label, Uptown Records. The company’s current scripted television series is American Soul, the story of the struggle to fulfill the dream of Soul Train, the first nationally broadcast black music show. It ended its first season as the #1 new cable scripted drama for African Americans 18-49 and its second season debuted on BET in May 2020. Previously, JCE produced the television series at hit from BET Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart which ran for 5 seasons. On the unscripted side, JCE produces annual live specials – the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards. Past credits include Black Girls Rock!, An Evening of All-Stars from UNCF, ABFF Honors, BET Honors, Love & Happiness: An Obama Farewell, VH1’s Dear Mama, HBO’s Amanda Seales I Be Knowin; ‘Netflix’s Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine. JCE’s game shows include VH1’s Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube and CMT’s Nashville Squares. His music competition series on BET, Sunday Best is now in its 10th season and Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow with judges Tip “TI” Harris, Cardi B and Chance the Rapper will soon begin production on its second season which will air. in 2021. Collins is also a producer for the Grammy Awards. He was on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players list, appeared on the cover of Vibe magazine, and appeared in numerous publications, including Ebony magazine’s Power 100 issue. Go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information about the company.
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