Taraji P. Henson to Host BET Awards, Queen Latifah Will Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

Taraji P Henson will host the 2021 BET Awards and Queen Latifah will receive a lifetime honor. (Credit: BET)

Taraji P. Henson is set to host this month’s BET Awards in downtown Los Angeles.

Hip-hop artist, film and television actress Queen Latifah will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, BET announced in a press release Monday. The network also said the theme of this year’s show is “Year Of The Black Woman” — to celebrate and honor their immense impact on the culture.

After last year’s virtual awards, this year’s show will be live, with a fully-vaccinated audience.

“For more than 20 years, the BET Awards have been a celebration of Black creativity, art and excellence,” Henson said in a statement. “Returning live, this year’s show will be unlike anything we have ever seen before, and I am honored to be sharing the stage with so many powerful and prolific women in music and entertainment. The BET Awards will once again be at the forefront of Black culture.”

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The Empire actress also posted on her Instagram account about the announcement. Her caption read, “That’s right y’all!! I’m so excited to host the 2021 @BETAwards—Culture’s Biggest Night! Catch me live on Sunday, June 27 at 8/7c on @BET.”

As previously reported, the show will take place at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown L.A.

Fans can now vote for their pick for viewers choice award by clicking on the BET Awards website. The nominees are Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion for “WAP,” Chris Brown and Young Thug for “Go Crazy,” Dababy and Roddy Ricch for “Rockstar,” DJ Khaled and Drake for “Popstar,” Drake and Lil Durk for “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Lil Baby for “The Bigger Picture,” Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé for “Savage Remix,” and Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic for “Leave The Door Open.”

Connie Orlando, BET’s executive vice president of specials, music programming & music strategy, will  executive produce the show along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

A full list of nominees for this year’s awards can be found here. The 2021 BET Awards air live Sunday, June 27 at 8:00 PM ET on BET.