BET has announced actress and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson as the host for the 2021 BET Awards later this month.
Whereas last year’s awards show was virtual, this year showcase will be live in front of a vaccinated audience. It’s going to be a ladies night, according to this year’s theme, celebrating the “Year of the Black Woman” for their “immense impact on the culture.”
“For more than 20 years, the BET Awards have been a celebration of Black creativity, art and excellence,” Henson says in a statement. “Returning live, this year’s show will be unlike anything we have ever seen before, and I am honored to be sharing the stage with so many powerful and prolific women in music and entertainment. The BET Awards will once again be at the forefront of Black culture.”
Additionally, Queen Latifah will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the last two decades, Latifah has found success and collected accolades as an artist, an actress and lately, as executive producer and star of the TV series reboot of The Equalizer. Not to mention, Queen was the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.
The nominees for this year’s ceremony were announced earlier this year, with DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion leading the pack with seven nominations each. Drake and Cardi B follow with five nominations each, including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Best Female Hip Hop Artist.
Tune into the 2021 BET Awards airs live on Sunday, June 27 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.
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