This year’s BET Awards will be take place in June with a live vaccinated audience at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
BET announced Tuesday in a press release that interested vaccinated individuals could start applying on May 27 to be considered as part of the live audience. The network assures it will be working closely with Los Angeles County to ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols during the awards show.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, BET has been at the forefront of recovery efforts for our community, turning entertainment touchpoints into opportunities to empower our audiences and help combat the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19,” BET President Scott Mills said in a statement. “Vaccination rates among Black Americans are significantly lower than other communities. We are committed to using our signature programming event – The BET Awards – to encourage vaccination in our community.”
Last year, the awards were became the first official kudosfest to broadcast during the pandemic and earned a spot as the #1 cable awards show among 18-49-year-olds for the 2020 broadcast season, according to Nielsen data.
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Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee the 2021 BET Awards and serve as executive producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
The BET Awards is known as “culture’s biggest night” and celebrates stars across music, television, film, sports, and social impact.
Nominees and performers for the 2021 BET Awards will be announced at a later date.
The awards show will take place on Sunday, June 27.