BET Awards 2023 to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Lil' Kim and Sheek Louch of The Lox perform at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California on June 28th, 2015. (Credit: Getty Images for BET)

The BET Awards will return to Los Angeles in June, with a live show  celebrating five decades of hip hop.

In an announcement Wednesday, BET said hip hop tributes will be sprinkled throughout the live telecast.

“We are thrilled to be back in LA for BET Awards 2023 and to celebrate a huge cultural milestone – the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop,” Connie Orlando, executive vice president of specials, music programming and music strategy at BET, said in a statement.

“For five decades, Hip Hop has not only influenced American culture but has become a global phenomenon and one of the most influential musical genres of our lifetime,” Orlando added. “From music to fashion, art, and entertainment, we are honored to have always provided a platform for Hip Hop to thrive. We look forward to paying tribute to the pioneers and innovators as we amplify the new generation of Hip Hop artists like only BET can.”

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The lineup of performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jesse Collins Entertainment is producing the awards, with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as executive producers, alongside Jamal Noisette and Connie Orlando.

The 2022 BET Awards drew 3.2 million viewers in a simulcast across 10 Paramount Global networks, marking a 34 percent viewership bump from the previous year. Of the 2022 total, 2.1 million viewers watched on BET.

Taraji P. Henson hosted the awards, which included a tribute to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who took home the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

The star-studded musical tribute featured Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, The Lox, Bryson Tiller, Faith Evans, Shyne and The Maverick City Choir.

The BET Awards 2023 will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, June 25.