BET Awards 2021: Air time, how to live stream, and all about the star-studded event

BET Awards 2021: Air time, how to live stream, and all about the star-studded event
Taraji P Henson attends the FOX Winter TCA All Star Party at The Langham Huntington (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

The 21st annual BET Awards is just around the corner and the nominations for the upcoming star-studded event have already been announced.

This year’s nominees were led by Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby, who earned an impressive seven nominations including Album of the Year. Meanwhile, Cardi-B and Drake followed closely behind with five nods. The awards honor Black excellence across music, television, film and sports in 21 categories.



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What are the BET Awards?

The BET Awards is an award show that was established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate artists from the African-American community. The ceremony honors the best of talents in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a televised ceremony.

Renowned sculptor Carlos “Mare 139” Rodriguez designed the coveted trophy which is inspired by three words – aspire, ascend and achieve. The inaugural ceremony took place in 2001 at the Paris Las Vegas resort in Las Vegas. From 2002 to 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the awards. Since 2013, the event is being hosted at the Microsoft Theater.


Air time 

The cases of Covid-19 are going down in the United States and the cultural events are now being hosted with live audiences. BET Awards will also have an audience this time around, along with the presenters and the nominees. The 21st edition of BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 27, on the BET network at 8pm ET/ PT.

Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles (Microsoft Theater)

How to live stream

The show will be airing live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, California, on June 28, at 8 pm ET. Viewers can stream the live event on BET+.

Who are the presenters?

The list of presenters hasn’t been released as of yet. We will update the story once the list is out.

Who all are attending?

All the nominees are reported to make an appearance during the awards show. We saw all the stars wearing their best dresses while attending this year’s Grammys and we can expect something similar at the BET Awards as well.


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Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P Henson will be hosting the 21st edition of the BET Awards. The star is really excited about the show and expressed her excitement by saying that she is “honored” to be sharing the stage with so many powerful and prolific names.


Taraji P. Henson attends the 8th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on November 3, 2019 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Have the nominations been announced?

The nominations have already been announced and a lot of notable personalities have garnered nominations at this year’s event. Celebrities such as The Weeknd, Beyonce, Angela Bassett, Jurnee Smollett, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kaluuya, Eddie Murphy, Naomi Osaka and LeBron James have been nominated in their respective categories.


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