BET will celebrate its 40th 12 months as a community, in addition to it 20th awards present, on Sunday — however the occasion will go on virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The three-hour present shall be jam-packed with heavy hitters presently dominating the pop charts and streaming companies, together with DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. All-stars like Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson, Nas, Questlove and Black Thought of the Roots, Public Enemy and Usher will even carry out.
The present is an annual celebration of Black leisure and tradition, and this 12 months’s ceremony would be the first main awards present because the May 25 demise of George Floyd by the hands of Minneapolis police, which sparked international protests aimed toward reforming police actions and eradicating statues and symbols thought of racist from public locations.
Comedian, actress and TV persona Amanda Seales will host the 2020 BET Awards, which is able to air on CBS for the primary time. The present will even air on BET and BET HER at eight p.m. EDT.
Drake is the main nominee: He’s up for six honours, together with video of the 12 months and greatest male hip-hop artist. For each greatest collaboration and the viewer’s alternative 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 comply with Drake with 5 nominations every. Megan Thee Stallion, who not too long ago topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart along with her Beyoncé-assisted “Savage” remix, is nominated for video of the 12 months, greatest feminine hip-hop artist, greatest collaboration, the viewer’s alternative award and album of the 12 months for “Fever.”
Ricch, who gained his first Grammy Award earlier this 12 months, additionally topped the pop charts together with his upbeat hit “The Box.” The video for that track is nominated for video of the 12 months alongside DaBaby’s “Bop;” DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle and John Legend’s “Higher;” Doja Cat’s “Say So;” Megan The Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” and Drake and Brown’s “No Guidance.”
The present will characteristic appearances from well-known faces together with Quincy Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael B. Jordan, Viola Davis, Billy Porter, Debbie Allen, Naomi Campbell, Sterling Okay. Brown, Whoopi Goldberg, Misty Copeland, Lena Waithe and Lizzo, who can be nominated for 4 awards.
Others set to carry out embrace Rapsody, YG, Wayne Brady, Jay Rock, SiR, D Smoke, Kierra Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard, who’s nominated for the Dr. Bobby Jones greatest gospel/inspirational award as a member of the Clark Sisters. Her competitors consists of Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, PJ Morton and Kanye West, who launched a gospel album final 12 months.
Fekadu reported from New York.
Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press