Despite the ravaging pandemic, the Bet Awards would still go on! The network has announced that it will still carry on with its annual award ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, instead of having the usual famed red-carpet flair, a virtual ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 28, at 8 pm EST using “innovative techniques and artist-generated content.”
This year, BET celebrates its 40th anniversary together with the 20th anniversary of the BETS Awards. To that, the network has vowed to continue its celebration of black excellence with moments not to be missed. The all-star lineup and Nominations will be announced at a later date.
“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,” Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET said. “For the past twenty 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.”
Meanwhile, the three-day event leading up to the BET Awards in Los Angeles has been canceled due the coronavirus crisis but will return in 2021. Hence, all VIP packages sold out to date will be refunded.