Taraji P. Henson to Host BET Awards for Third Time

Taraji P. Henson BET Awards 2022 (Credit: YouTube)

This summer, the BET Awards will air with Taraji P. Henson returning to host the show.

“I am thrilled to be returning as the host of the BET Awards for the third time. I am also looking forward to celebrating my peers and the impact of our culture on entertainment,” Henson said in a statement Monday.

The actress is best known for playing Cookie Lyon on Fox music drama Empire. She also had roles in the films Hustle & Flow, Hidden Figures, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which earned her an Oscar nomination in 2009.

Recently, she brought Shug Avery to life in the award-winning musical adaptation of The Color Purple, for which she won an NAACP Image Award and received a Screen Actors Guild ensemble nomination.

Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET, called Henson “a phenom known for her vibrant personality and charisma.”

Orlando added, “We are equally as thrilled to have so many incredibly talented performers join us, standing on culture’s biggest stage to deliver an unforgettable night.”

As previously reported, the 2024 BET Awards will honor Usher with a lifetime achievement award and musical tribute.

Drake leads this year’s nominations with seven nods, including album of the year for For All The Dogs (Scary Hours Edition).

Nicki Minaj follows with six nominations, while J. Cole, Sexyy Red, SZA, and Victoria Monét each received five nominations.

The awards will take place at the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles, with the show airing live on Sunday, June 30, on BET at 8 PM ET/ PT.

A full list of nominees for this year’s awards can be found here.

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