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WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 8PM ET
WHERE: Televised live on BET from the Microsoft Theater in LA

There will be another special presentation of the BET Awards in June airing on BET live from the Microsoft Theater in LA, on Sunday, June 26, 2022 beginning at 8PM ET/PT and tape delayed on the West coast.

On awards night, watch for the return of Taraji P. Henson who will host the BET Awards for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, keep it here for updates including a complete list of 2022 BET nominees when they are announced in May, along with presenters, special awards, and the announcement of big winners at the 21st annual BET Awards!

2021 BET Awards rewind

2021 BET Award nominees (also see WINNERS, below) had Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby leading the pack with seven nods each. Drake and Cardi B followed with five nominations each while four nominations went to Chris Brown, Chloe x Halle, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. 

DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion led this year's BET Awardswith seven nods apiece.

Hosting the ceremony was actress Taraji P. Henson. Audiences were also treated to a special appearance by Queen Latifah who was this year's recipient of the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

The star lineup of performers included DaBaby, Andra Day, City Girls, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Migos, Moneybagg Yo!, Roddy Ricch, and Silk Sonic. Joining them were rappers Tyler the Creator and Rapsody making their first ever appearances at the BET Awards 

Just up ahead, check out all the 2021 BET Award nominees and winners, along with related resouces and fun acts about honoring black achievement in sports and entertainment.

DID YOU KNOW? BET Awards fun facts

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Record wins at the BET Awards.

• With an average 7 million viewers, the BET Awards remain the highest rated awards shows on cable television.

• The most nominated artist at the BET Awards is Beyoncé with 62 nominations (56 solo and 8 with Destiny's Child). She also leads in wins with a total of 28. Chris Brown follows with 39 nominations and 16 wins.

• Hip hop artists OutKast took home the first-ever BET award trophy during the first BET Awards ceremony on June 19, 2001. OutKast also won Video of the Year that night for "Ms Jackson".

• Following the passing of Michael Jackson, the BET Awards scrambled to revamp the ceremony. Within three days of its airing on June 28, 2009 the ceremony became a tribute to the fallen star as routines were hurriedly changed to include Jackson's greatest hits.

• The only BET Ultimate Icon Award to date was awarded to Janet Jackson in 2015, which recognized her as a game changer in the fields of music, dance and video performances.

also see -> BET Hip Hop Awards

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2021 BET Awards Nominees & WINNERS

Album of the Year
After Hours — The Weeknd
Blame It On Baby — DaBaby
Good News — Megan Thee Stallion
Heaux Tales — Jazmine Sullivan - WINNER
King's Disease — Nas
Ungodly Hour — Chloe X Halle

Best Collaboration
Cardi B Ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "Wap" - WINNER
DaBaby Ft. Roddy Ricch — "Rockstar"
DJ Khaled Ft. Drake — "Popstar"
Jack Harlow Ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne — "Whats Poppin (Remix)"
Megan Thee Stallion Ft. DaBaby — "Cry Baby"
Pop Smoke Ft. Lil Baby & DaBaby — "For The Night"

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown - WINNER
The Weeknd

Best New Artist
Coi Leray
Flo Milli
Giveon - WINNER
Jack Harlow
Pooh Shiesty

Best Group
21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Chloe X Halle
Chris Brown & Young Thug
City Girls
Silk Sonic - WINNER

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B
Coi Leray
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion - WINNER

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
J. Cole
Jack Harlow
Lil Baby - WINNER
Pop Smoke

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Bebe Winans — "In Jesus Name"
Cece Winans — "Never Lost"
H.E.R. — "Hold Us Together"
Kirk Franklin — "Strong God" - WINNER
Marvin Sapp — "Thank You For It All"
Tamela Mann — "Touch From You"

BET Her Award
Alicia Keys Ft. Khalid — "So Done"
Brandy Ft. Chance The Rapper — "Baby Mama"
Bri Steves — "Anti Queen"
Chloe X Halle — "Baby Girl"
Ciara Ft. Ester Dean — "Rooted"
SZA — "Good Days" - WINNER

Viewer's Choice Award
Cardi B Ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "Wap"
Chris Brown & Young Thug — "Go Crazy"
DaBaby Ft. Roddy Ricch — "Rockstar"
DJ Khaled Ft. Drake — "Popstar"
Drake Ft. Lil Durk — "Laugh Now Cry Later"
Lil Baby — "The Bigger Picture"
Megan Thee Stallion Ft. Beyoncé — "Savage (Remix)" - WINNER
Silk Sonic — "Leave The Door Open"

Video of the Year
Cardi B — "Up"
Cardi B Ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "Wap" - WINNER
Chloe X Halle — "Do It"
Chris Brown & Young Thug — "Go Crazy"
Drake Ft. Lil Durk — "Laugh Now Cry Later"
Silk Sonic — "Leave The Door Open"

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Bruno Mars And Florent Déchard - WINNER
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams

Best Movie
Coming 2 America
Judas And The Black Messiah - WINNER
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
One Night In Miami
The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

Best Actress
Andra Day - WINNER
Angela Bassett
Issa Rae
Jurnee Smollett
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Aldis Hodge
Chadwick Boseman - WINNER
Damson Idris
Daniel Kaluuya
Eddie Murphy
Lakeith Stanfield

Youngstars Award
Alex R. Hibbert
Ethan Hutchison
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin - WINNER
Michael Epps
Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award
A'ja Wilson
Candace Parker
Claressa Shields
Naomi Osaka - WINNER
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins-Smith

Sportsman of the Year Award
Kyrie Irving
Lebron James - WINNER
Patrick Mahomes
Russell Westbrook
Russell Wilson
Stephen Curry


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