While this year’s three-day BET Experience has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the BET Awards will still go on virtually utilizing “innovative techniques and artist-generated content” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the award ceremony that highlights the accomplishments of black acts in entertainment.
“At BET, we place the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors, and partners first, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will go on implementing this innovative production direction. For the past twenty years, The BET Awards have paid homage to all things now and relevant.
Despite the challenges of today, we will deliver a show filled with larger than life, inspiring, empowering and entertaining moments, which have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET.
In addition to celebrating the 20th anniversary of the award show, BET is also celebrating its 40th anniversary, being founded in 1980 by Robert L. Johnson and wife, Sheila Johnson. The virtual ceremony is set to take place on Sunday, June 28th, at 8 p.m. EST. Performances and nominees have yet to be announced.
Will virtual award shows hold the same weight as the glamorous star studded filled traditional ceremonies that we have grown accustomed to? Only time will tell as we continue to transition into our new normal.