BET Awards 2020: Beyoncé to Receive Humanitarian Award

Beyonce will be honored at the BET Awards. The singer is shown in Rome Italy, 8 July 2018 , Live concert of Beyonce and Jay-Z OTRII at the Olimpico Stadium : the singer Beyonce during the concert (Credit: Deposit Photos)

The BET Awards will present Beyoncé Knowles-Carter with the show’s prestigious Humanitarian Award, BET announced Thursday in a press release.

The network also plans tributes to Black icons who died in 2020, including Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Richard. Lil Wayne will lead the tribute to Bryant and Wayne Brady will honor Little Richard, BET said.

As part of its 20th annual awards show, BET will present Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and D-Nice with 2020 Shine A Light honors, which recognize exceptional resilience, ingenuity and creativity in the face of adversity. This year’s honorees demonstrated how art and education can unite and inspire even during a global pandemic, BET said.

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Assa Traoré, a French anti-racism activist has been selected as the 2020 BET International Global Good recipient.

Earlier this month, the nominations were announced for the BET Awards, with Drake leading the competition with six nods.

As previously reported, the virtual broadcast will include performances by Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher, and more.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters will also make an appearance, along with Billy Porter, Courtney B. Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Quincy Jones, Rapsody, Regina Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Saweetie, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, and Whoopi Goldberg will reflect on the current state of the Black community with a spotlight on Social Justice as well as the Network’s 40th anniversary with a special appearance by BET founder Robert L. Johnson.

The BET Awards will air on Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET Networks and for the first time, across ViacomCBS networks, including CBS.