BET Networks has announced that Tyler Perry will receive the Ultimate Icon Award at 19th Annual “BET Awards”.
The multi-hyphenate talent will receive the award for his continued cultural impact in the entertainment industry at the 2019 “BET Awards” on June 23. Most recently, Perry wrote, directed and starred in “A Madea Family Funeral,” the latest addition to his “Madea” franchise.
Actress and comedian Regina Hall will host the ceremony which honors performers, performers and athletes in 20 categories. Cardi B leads this year with seven nominations, followed by Drake with five, and Beyonce, Travis Scott and J. Cole each with four.
Among the acting nominees are Hall, Issa Rae, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish and Viola Davis in the Best Actress race, and Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan and Omari Hardwick on Best Actor Ahead.
BET previously announced that the first group of artists for the awards show will include Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, HER, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, Yung Miami of City Girls, Lucky Daye and Kiana Lede. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson, Lena Waithe, Morris Chestnut, Yara Shahidi, and Marsai Martin were also announced as presenters.
The 2019 BET Awards will air simultaneously on seven Viacom networks in the United States, including BET, BET HER, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1 and Logo. Connie Orlando, executive vice president and head of programming at BET, will serve as executive producer of the ceremony alongside Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.