BET Awards

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BET Awards
BET Awards 2014
2005 06 maresculp2.jpg
BET Award Trophy
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the entertainment industry
Country USA
Presented byBlack Entertainment Television
First awardedJune 19, 2001
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BET Awards
BET Awards 2014
2005 06 maresculp2.jpg
BET Award Trophy
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the entertainment industry
Country USA
Presented byBlack Entertainment Television
First awardedJune 19, 2001

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on BET. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a televised ceremony.


The BET Award Trophy was inspired by three words - aspire, ascend, achieve. The BET Award Trophy was designed by artist/sculptor Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez. OutKast won the first BET award. In 2007, Society Awards, the New York firm who manufacturers the award, enhanced the quality of the trophy design using plated steel and black crystal.


TV ratings (in millions):[citation needed]


The inaugural ceremony in 2001 was held at the Paris resort on the Las Vegas Strip. From 2002 to 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the awards. From 2006 to 2012, the awards have been held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The Awards moved to the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in 2013.

YearDateVenueHost CityHostVideo of the Year Winner
2001June 19, 2001Paris Las VegasLas VegasSteve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer"Ms. Jackson"
performed by OutKast
2002June 29, 2002Kodak TheatreLos Angeles"Pass the Courvoisier, Part II"
performed by Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy & Pharrell
2003June 24, 2003Mo'Nique"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"
performed by Erykah Badu feat. Common
2004June 29, 2004"Hey Ya!"
performed by OutKast
2005June 28, 2005Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith"Jesus Walks"
performed by Kanye West
2006June 27, 2006Shrine AuditoriumDamon Wayans"Be Without You" and "Gold Digger"
performed by Mary J. Blige and Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
2007June 26, 2007Mo'Nique"Irreplaceable"
performed by Beyoncé
2008June 24, 2008D. L. Hughley"International Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
performed by UGK feat. OutKast
2009June 28, 2009Jamie Foxx"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
performed by Beyoncé
2010June 27, 2010Queen Latifah"Video Phone"
performed by Beyoncé feat. Lady Gaga
2011June 26, 2011Kevin Hart"Look at Me Now"
performed by Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
2012July 1, 2012Samuel L. Jackson"Otis"
performed by Jay-Z and Kanye West
2013June 30, 2013Nokia Theatre L.A. LiveChris Tucker"Started from the Bottom"
performed by Drake
2014June 29, 2014Chris Rock"Happy"
performed by Pharrell Williams

Nomination process[edit]

There is a voting academy made up of about 500 people from the music industry, media, and bloggers. BET sends out ballots electronically and voters nominate in all the different categories who they think should be award nominees. These are collated by a group called “Yangaroo” that works on other awards shows as well, and they narrow it to the top five nominees, and send that list back out to the academy to vote on the winner.

Award categories[edit]

Hip Hop[edit]




New Artist[edit]


Music Video[edit]

Viewer's Choice[edit]

Centric Award[edit]

Main article: BET Centric Award




BET Lifetime Achievement Award & BET Humanitarian Award[edit]

The BET Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Award recipients, along with the nominees for other categories are announced in a press conference. At the awards ceremony a mini-documentary is shown covering the honorees' life. The awards are given out separately.

The BET Lifetime Achievement Award is given a veteran artist or group who has made notable contributions to the music industry. The honoree is paid tribute to by current popular singers who perform the honoree's most recognized songs. The honoree will usually perform themselves after being paid tribute.

Lifetime Achievement

In 2002, at the second annual BET Awards, the category for the BET Award Humanitarian Award was created. The Humanitarian Award is given to a celebrity philanthropist who donates their time and money to a charitable cause.


BET most nominated and winning artists[edit]

Below are the current rankings for the most wins and most nominated artist (male & female):

Most wins (as of 2014)

ArtistBeyonce¹Chris BrownKanye WestSerena WilliamsNicki Minaj
Drake (entertainer)
Lil' Wayne
Total Wins1612986

Most nominations (as of 2014)

This is a list of multiple nominated performers, athletes & actors with 5 or more career nomiantions. Beyoncé is currently the most nominated performer with 46 nominations, solo and with Destiny's Child.

46 nominations

42 nominations

  • Jay-Z 30 solo; 5 w/ The Throne

32 nominations

  • Drake 28 solo; 4 w/ Young Money

31 nominations

27 nominations

26 nominations

18 nominations

17 nominations

15 nominations

14 nominations

13 nominations

12 nominations

11 nominations

10 nominations

9 nominations

8 nominations

7 nominations

6 nominations

5 nominations



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