The BET Awards will go on as scheduled, with a twist, it will be virtual.

  • Posted on: 21 May 2020
  • By: Presenters

The 2020 BET Awards will be a virtual celebration featuring an “array of innovative techniques and artist-generated content,” the cable network announced on Thursday (May 20). The annual ceremony, celebrating the brightest stars in music, film, television, sports and philanthropy, is scheduled to go down next month.

The annual award show is the latest of many entertainment events forced to change formats in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s ceremony promises to “continue the rich history of providing fans with special, not to be missed moments.”

Instead of the usual glitzy red-carpet affair, a virtual ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 28nd 2020 using “innovative techniques and artist-generated content.”

This year’s show will continue its celebration of black excellence with not-to-be-missed moments. Nominations will be announced at a later date along with the all-star lineup.

BET has lots to celebrate as 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the BET Awards and the 40th anniversary of BET.

“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.”

“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,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “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.”

The BET Experience, the three-day event leading up to the BET Awards in Los Angeles, has been cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and will return in 2021.

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the BET Awards as well as BET’s 40th anniversary.

The 2019 BET Awards featured performances from Cardi B, Migos, Mary J. Blige, Lil Nas X, and a tribute to Nipsey Hussle with DJ Khaled, John Legend, and YG.