BET Awards

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BET Awards
BET Awards 2015
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry
Country United States
Presented by Black Entertainment Television
First awarded June 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.citation needed 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):

List of ceremonies

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 ceremonires have been held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The ceremony was moved to the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in 2013.

Year Date Venue Host city Host
2001 June 19, 2001 Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer
2002 June 29, 2002 Kodak Theatre Los Angeles
2003 June 24, 2003 Mo'Nique
2004 June 29, 2004
2005 June 28, 2005 Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
2006 June 27, 2006 Shrine Auditorium Damon Wayans
2007 June 26, 2007 Mo'Nique
2008 June 24, 2008 D. L. Hughley
2009 June 28, 2009 Jamie Foxx
2010 June 27, 2010 Queen Latifah
2011 June 26, 2011 Kevin Hart
2012 July 1, 2012 Samuel L. Jackson
2013 June 30, 2013 Microsoft Theatre Chris Tucker
2014 June 29, 2014 Chris Rock
2015 June 28, 2015 Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross

Nomination process

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

Special awards

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 Ultimate Icon Award was created in 2015 and presented in the ceremony.

Lifetime Achievement

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.

  • 2001: Whitney Houston
  • 2002: Earth Wind & Fire
  • 2003: James Brown
  • 2004: The Isley Brothers
  • 2005: Gladys Knight
  • 2006: Chaka Khan
  • 2007: Diana Ross
  • 2008: Al Green
  • 2009: The O'Jays
  • 2010: Prince
  • 2011: Patti Labelle
  • 2012: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly
  • 2013: Charlie Wilson
  • 2014: Lionel Richie
  • 2015: Smokey Robinson

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.

  • 2002: Muhammad Ali
  • 2003: Earvin "Magic" Johnson
  • 2004: Danny Glover
  • 2005: Denzel and Pauletta Washington
  • 2006: Harry Belafonte
  • 2007: Don Cheadle
  • 2008: Quincy Jones
  • 2009: Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean
  • 2010: John Legend
  • 2011: Steve Harvey
  • 2012: Rev. Al Sharpton
  • 2013: Dwyane Wade
  • 2014: Myrlie Evers-Williams
  • 2015: Tom Joyner
Ultimate Icon
  • 2015: Janet Jackson

Most nominated and winning artists

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

Most wins (as of 2015)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Artist Beyoncé Chris Brown Nicki Minaj Kanye West Serena Williams Jay-Z
Lil' Wayne
Total wins 19 14 10 9 8 6

Most nominations (as of 2015)

This is a list of multiple nominated performers, athletes & actors with 5 or more career nomiantions. Beyoncé is currently the most nominated performer with 50 nominations, solo and with Destiny's Child.

50 nominations

42 nominations

  • Jay-Z 30 solo; 5 w/ The Throne

35 nominations

  • Drake 30 solo; 5 w/ Young Money

31 nominations

21 nominations

19 nominations

17 nominations

16 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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