BET will celebrate 40 years as a network on Sunday, as well as its 20th awards show, but the event will continue virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The three-hour show will be filled with heavy hitters currently dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. Stars like Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lil Wayne (who will pay tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant), Jennifer Hudson, Nas, Questlove and Black Thought of the Roots, Public Enemy and Usher will also perform.
Beyoncé will receive the Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts, and Wayne Brady will salute Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Richard.
The show is an annual celebration of black entertainment and culture, and this year’s ceremony will be the first major awards show since the death of George Floyd on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis, which has sparked global protests aimed at reforming police actions and removing statues and symbols seen as racist in public places.
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Comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales will host the 2020 BET Awards, which will air for the first time on CBS. The show will also air on BET and BET HER at 8 p.m. EDT.
Drake is the main nominee: he is up for six accolades, including Video of the Year and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. For Best Collaboration and Viewer’s Choice Award, Drake is nominated twice thanks to the hits “No Guidance” with Chris Brown and “Life Is Good” with Future.
Ricch and Megan Thee Stallion follow Drake with five nominations each. Megan Thee Stallion, who recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts with her Beyoncé-assisted “Savage” remix, is nominated for Video of the Year, Top Female Hip-Hop Artist, Top Collaboration, Choice of viewer and album of the year for “Fever.”
Ricch, who won his first Grammy Award earlier this year, also topped the pop charts with his upbeat hit “The Box.” The video for this song is nominated for Video of the Year alongside “Bop” by DaBaby, DJ Khaled, “Higher” by Nipsey Hussle and John Legend, “Say So” by Doja Cat, “Hot Girl Summer” by Megan The Stallion and ‘Drake and Brown’ No guidance.”
The show will feature famous faces such as Quincy Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael B. Jordan, Viola Davis, Billy Porter, Debbie Allen, Naomi Campbell, Sterling K. Brown, Whoopi Goldberg, Misty Copeland, Lena Waithe and Lizzo, who is also nominated for four awards.
Contributor: Kim Willis, USA TODAY