In-person award shows are officially back in full swing.
The 2021 BET Awards will air Sunday, June 27, and the network will be taking full advantage of its ability to hold live performances at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, making this lineup the award show’s longest in the 21 years of the broadcast.
DaBaby, one of the featured performers, is tied with Megan Thee Stallion for the most nominations, each garnering seven. Musicians won’t be the only recognized talents, either. The late actor Chadwick Boseman as well as fellow thespians Zendaya, Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya were all nominated for their exceptional performances.
Influential athletes will also be recognized when the winner for Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year are chosen. Nominees include some of the biggest names in their respective arenas, including LeBron James, Patrick Mahomes and Serena Williams.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 BET Awards.
When and where are the awards?
The awards show will be held June 27 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.
How can I watch?
Who’s the host?
Taraji P. Henson, 50, will be our master of ceremonies for the star-studded night.
How are the awards chosen?
The nomination process begins with the voting academy (composed of hundreds of bloggers, music and media professionals) voting electronically on whom they deem worthy of a nomination. This process repeats itself when voting for the winners.
Can I vote for my faves?
There is one category where fans can vote for their favorites. Vote here for the BET Awards 2021 Viewer’s Choice. This year’s nominees are competing for favorite song.
The nominees include Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion “WAP,” Chris Brown and Young Thug “Go Crazy,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch “Rockstar,” DJ Khaled featuring Drake “Popstar,” Lil Baby “The Bigger Picture,” Drake featuring Lil Durk “Laugh Now Cry Later,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé “Savage Remix, ” and Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak, and Silk Sonic “Leave The Door Open.”
Who will be performing?
Andra Day, Bree Runway, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Migos, Moneybagg Yo!, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Tone Stith and Tyler, the Creator will all be performing, making it the largest lineup in BET history.
Will there be any honorary awards?
Queen Latifah will be celebrated with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dual careers as a musician and actress.
The BET awards show will air June 27 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on the BET channel.