The 2020 BET Awards will go on!
On Wednesday (May 20), the network announced that its annual award show will move forward virtually this year using “innovative techniques and artist-generated content."
This year's award show, which marks BET's 40th anniversary, and the Awards’ 20 years on the air, will continue its celebration of black excellence on Sunday, June 28.
Nominations are set to be announced at a later date along with the show's all-star lineup.
“The BET Awards are a seminal event – the biggest celebration of Black culture, Black accomplishment, Black excellence, and Black potential,” said Scott Mills, president of BET. “Our community, and the many millions who love Black culture, look to the BET Awards for signature moments of enrichment, entertainment and empowerment. Recognizing the unique role the BET Awards plays for so many, and the challenging times we find ourselves in, we know it was more important than ever to deliver the BET Awards in 2020.”
Connie Orlando, evp specials, music programming and music strategy at BET added: “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 20 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.”
While the 2020 BET Awards will go on, the three-day BET Experience has been called off due to the ongoing coronavirus.
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