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2020 BET Awards to Go Virtual for 20th Anniversary

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Billy Ray Cyrus (L) and Lil Nas X pose in the press room at the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
(June 22, 2019 – Source: Getty Images North America)

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 BET Awards will go down virtually next month.

The awards show, celebrating its 20th anniversary, will honor top stars in Black entertainment, sports and philanthropy on Sunday, June 28 via “innovative techniques and artist-generated content,” BET announced on May 20.

Nominations will be announced on a later date, Variety reports. 

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“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 and music strategy at BET. “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.”

The 3-day BET Experience, the event leading up to the awards show, was scheduled this year for June 25-27, but has been canceled. Refunds are available for all VIP packages holders.

The BET Experience is set to return in 2021.

Meanwhile, this year also marks the 40th anniversary of the BET Network. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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