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BET Awards

BET Awards
BET Awards 2014
BET Award Trophy
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry
Country  USA
Presented by Black Entertainment Television
First awarded June 19, 2001

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on BET. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a televised ceremony.


  • Trophy 1
  • Ratings 2
  • Locations 3
  • Nomination process 4
  • Award categories 5
    • Hip Hop 5.1
    • Gospel 5.2
    • R&B 5.3
    • Group 5.4
    • New Artist 5.5
    • Collaboration 5.6
    • Music Video 5.7
    • Viewer's Choice 5.8
    • Centric Award 5.9
    • Acting 5.10
    • Movie 5.11
    • Sports 5.12
    • BET Lifetime Achievement Award & BET Humanitarian Award 5.13
  • BET most nominated and winning artists 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The BET Award Trophy was inspired by three words - aspire, ascend, achieve. The BET Award Trophy was designed by artist/sculptor Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez. OutKast won the first BET award. In 2007, Society Awards, the New York firm who manufacturers the award, enhanced the quality of the trophy design using plated steel and black crystal.


TV ratings (in millions):

  • 2006: 6.9
  • 2007: 6.3
  • 2008: 5.8
  • 2009: 10.6
  • 2010: 7.4
  • 2011: 7.7
  • 2012: 7.4
  • 2013: 7.8
  • 2014: 7.9


The inaugural ceremony in 2001 was held at the Paris resort on the Las Vegas Strip. From 2002 to 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the awards. From 2006 to 2012, the awards have been held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The Awards moved to the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in 2013.
Year Date Venue Host City Host Video of the Year Winner
2001 June 19, 2001 Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer "Ms. Jackson"
performed by OutKast
2002 June 29, 2002 Kodak Theatre Los Angeles "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II"
performed by Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy & Pharrell
2003 June 24, 2003 Mo'Nique "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"
performed by Erykah Badu feat. Common
2004 June 29, 2004 "Hey Ya!"
performed by OutKast
2005 June 28, 2005 Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith "Jesus Walks"
performed by Kanye West
2006 June 27, 2006 Shrine Auditorium Damon Wayans "Be Without You" and "Gold Digger"
performed by Mary J. Blige and Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
2007 June 26, 2007 Mo'Nique "Irreplaceable"
performed by Beyoncé
2008 June 24, 2008 D. L. Hughley "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
performed by UGK feat. OutKast
2009 June 28, 2009 Jamie Foxx "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
performed by Beyoncé
2010 June 27, 2010 Queen Latifah "Video Phone"
performed by Beyoncé feat. Lady Gaga
2011 June 26, 2011 Kevin Hart "Look at Me Now"
performed by Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
2012 July 1, 2012 Samuel L. Jackson "Otis"
performed by Jay-Z and Kanye West
2013 June 30, 2013 Nokia Theatre L.A. Live Chris Tucker "Started from the Bottom"
performed by Drake
2014 June 29, 2014 Chris Rock "Happy"
performed by Pharrell Williams

Nomination process

There is a voting academy made up of about 500 people from the music industry, media, and bloggers. BET sends out ballots electronically and voters nominate in all the different categories who they think should be award nominees. These are collated by a group called “Yangaroo” that works on other awards shows as well, and they narrow it to the top five nominees, and send that list back out to the academy to vote on the winner.

Award categories

Hip Hop




New Artist


Music Video

Viewer's Choice

Centric Award




BET Lifetime Achievement Award & BET Humanitarian Award

The BET Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Award recipients, along with the nominees for other categories are announced in a press conference. At the awards ceremony a mini-documentary is shown covering the honorees' life. The awards are given out separately.

The BET Lifetime Achievement Award is given a veteran artist or group who has made notable contributions to the music industry. The honoree is paid tribute to by current popular singers who perform the honoree's most recognized songs. The honoree will usually perform themselves after being paid tribute.

Lifetime Achievement
  • 2001: Whitney Houston
  • 2002: Earth Wind & Fire
  • 2003: James Brown
  • 2004: The Isley Brothers
  • 2005: Gladys Knight
  • 2006: Chaka Khan
  • 2007: Diana Ross
  • 2008: Al Green
  • 2009: The O'Jays
  • 2010: Prince
  • 2011: Patti Labelle
  • 2012: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly
  • 2013: Charlie Wilson
  • 2014: Lionel Richie

In 2002, at the second annual BET Awards, the category for the BET Award Humanitarian Award was created. The Humanitarian Award is given to a celebrity philanthropist who donates their time and money to a charitable cause.

  • 2002: Muhammad Ali
  • 2003: Earvin "Magic" Johnson
  • 2004: Danny Glover
  • 2005: Denzel and Pauletta Washington
  • 2006: Harry Belafonte
  • 2007: Don Cheadle
  • 2008: Quincy Jones
  • 2009: Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean
  • 2010: John Legend
  • 2011: Steve Harvey
  • 2012: Rev. Al Sharpton
  • 2013: Dwyane Wade
  • 2014: Myrlie Evers-Williams

BET most nominated and winning artists

Below are the current rankings for the most wins and most nominated artist (male & female):

Most wins (as of 2014)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Beyonce¹ Chris Brown Kanye West Serena Williams Nicki Minaj
Drake (entertainer)
Lil' Wayne
Total Wins 16 12 9 8 6

Most nominations (as of 2014)

This is a list of multiple nominated performers, athletes & actors with 5 or more career nomiantions. Beyoncé is currently the most nominated performer with 46 nominations, solo and with Destiny's Child.

46 nominations

42 nominations

  • Jay-Z 30 solo; 5 w/ The Throne

32 nominations

  • Drake 28 solo; 4 w/ Young Money

31 nominations

27 nominations

26 nominations

18 nominations

17 nominations

15 nominations

14 nominations

13 nominations

12 nominations

11 nominations

10 nominations

9 nominations

8 nominations

7 nominations

6 nominations

5 nominations


  • Most Nominated Female: Beyonce Knowles w/ 46 nominations
  • Most Nominated Male: Jay-Z w/ 42 nominations
  • Most Nominations w/o a win: Trina (rapper) w/ 9 nominations
  • Most Nominated duo or Group: Mary Mary w/ 11 nominations
  • Most consecutive wins for Best Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj w/ 5 consecutive years.


External links

  • 2014 BET Awards website
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