Contents 1 Trophy 2 Ratings 3 List of ceremonies 4 Nomination process 5 Award categories 5.1 Special awards 6 Most nominated and winning artists 7 References 8 External links


Trophy[edit] The BET Award Trophy, inspired by three words - aspire, ascend, achieve, was designed by artist/sculptor Carlos "Mare139" Rodriguez.[1] OutKast won the first award trophy during the first ceremony in 2001. 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.


Ratings[edit] TV ratings (in millions): 2006: 6.9[citation needed] 2007: 6.3[citation needed] 2008: 5.8[2] 2009: 10.6[3] 2010: 7.4[4] 2011: 7.7[5] 2012: 7.4[6] 2013: 7.8[7] 2014: 7.9[8] 2015: 6.5[9] 2016: 7.2[10] 2017: 5.8


List of ceremonies[edit] 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 ceremonires have been held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The ceremony was moved to the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in 2013. Year Date Venue Host city Host 2001 June 19, 2001 Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer 2002 June 29, 2002 Kodak Theatre Los Angeles 2003 June 24, 2003 Mo'Nique 2004 June 29, 2004 2005 June 28, 2005 Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith 2006 June 27, 2006 Shrine Auditorium Damon Wayans 2007 June 26, 2007 Mo'Nique 2008 June 24, 2008 D. L. Hughley 2009 June 28, 2009 Jamie Foxx 2010 June 27, 2010 Queen Latifah 2011 June 26, 2011 Kevin Hart 2012 July 1, 2012 Samuel L. Jackson 2013 June 30, 2013 Microsoft Theater Chris Tucker 2014 June 29, 2014 Chris Rock 2015 June 28, 2015 Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross 2016 June 26, 2016 2017 June 25, 2017 Leslie Jones


Nomination process[edit] 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[edit] Album Hip-Hop (Female/Male) Gospel R&B (Female/Male) Group New Artist Collaboration Music Video Music Video Director Viewer's Choice Centric Award Acting (Female/Male) Movie Sport (Female/Male) International (Africa/Europe -UK before 2017-) International Viewers' Choice Award FANdemonium Award (end in 2016) Special awards[edit] The BET Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian and Ultimate Icon 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 Ultimate Icon Award was created in 2015 and presented in the ceremony. Lifetime Achievement 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. 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 2015: Smokey Robinson 2016: Samuel L. Jackson 2017: New Edition Humanitarian Main article: BET Humanitarian Award 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 Washington 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 2015: Tom Joyner 2016: Jesse Williams 2017: Chance the Rapper Ultimate Icon In 2015, at the fifthteenth annual BET Awards, the category of the Ultimate Icon Award was created. It is given to a veteran artist whose career is deemed iconic by fans and critics alike for their notable contributions in the music, dance and music video fields. 2015: Janet Jackson


Most nominated and winning artists[edit] Below are the current rankings for the most wins and most nominated artist (male & female): Most wins (as of 2017) Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Artist Beyoncé Chris Brown Drake Serena Williams Nicki Minaj Kanye West Total wins 29 14 12 11 10 Most nominations (as of 2017) This is a list of multiple nominated performers, athletes & actors with 5 or more career nominations. Beyoncé is currently the most nominated performer with 54 nominations, solo and with Destiny's Child. 61 nominations Beyoncé 53 solo; 8 w/ Destiny's Child 37 nominations Chris Brown 35 nominations Drake 30 solo; 5 w/ Young Money Jay Z 30 solo; 5 w/ Watch The Throne 33 nominations Lil Wayne 28 solo; 5 w/ Young Money 31 nominations Kanye West 26 solo; 5 w/ Watch The Throne 23 nominations Rihanna 21 nominations Nicki Minaj 16 solo; 5 w/ Young Money 19 nominations Usher 18 nominations Missy Elliott 17 nominations Serena Williams 16 nominations Venus Williams 15 nominations Alicia Keys T.I. 14 nominations Jamie Foxx Ludacris Mary J. Blige 13 nominations Erica Campbell 2 solo; 11 w/ Mary Mary 12 nominations Common Pharrell Williams 10 solo; 2 w/ N.E.R.D. 11 nominations Big Boi 1 solo; 10 w/ Outkast Ciara Kendrick Lamar LeBron James Mary Mary Snoop Dogg 10 nominations Kobe Bryant T-Pain Outkast Trina Trey Songz Tyga 6 solo; 4 w/ Young Money 9 nominations Denzel Washington Kelly Rowland 1 solo; 8 w/ Destiny's Child Taraji P. Henson 8 nominations 2 Chainz 50 Cent Angela Bassett ASAP Rocky 6 solo; 2 w/ ASAP Mob Benny Boom Big Sean Bruno Mars Busta Rhymes Destiny's Child Diddy 5 solo; 3 w/ Diddy-Dirty Money Hype Williams Idris Elba John Legend Marsha Ambrosius 4 solo; 4 w/ Floetry Miguel Omarion 2 solo; 6 w/ B2K Justin Timberlake Rick Ross 7 nominations Don Cheadle Erykah Badu Halle Berry Jennifer Hudson Keyshia Cole Kirk Franklin Mariah Carey Ne-Yo R. Kelly 6 nominations Aaliyah Anthony Hamilton August Alsina B.o.B B2K Benny Boom CeeLo Green 2 solo; 4 w/ Gnarls Barkley Keri Hilson Lil Jon 3 solo; 3 w/ Lil' Jon and the Eastside Boyz Lil' Kim Musiq Soulchild Samuel L. Jackson Wale Yolanda Adams 5 nominations Bow Wow Carmelo Anthony Donnie McClurkin Eminem Eve Fantasia Gabrielle Union Jill Scott Keke Palmer Melanie Fiona Mindless Behavior Nelly Pusha T 3 solo; 2 w/ The Clipse Regina King Solange Knowles Willow Smith


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