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BET Awards 2018 Trophy
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry|
|First awarded||June 19, 2001|
|Website|| http://www.bet.com/shows/bet-awards.html |
The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on BET. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a televised ceremony.
Black Entertainment Television (BET) is an American pay television channel that is owned by the BET Networks division of Viacom Media Networks, which ultimately owned by Viacom. It is the most prominent television network targeting African American audiences, with approximately 88,255,000 American households receiving the channel. The channel has offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.
African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa. The term typically refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States.
Americans are nationals and citizens of the United States of America. Although nationals and citizens make up the majority of Americans, some dual citizens, expatriates, and permanent residents may also claim American nationality. The United States is home to people of many different ethnic origins. As a result, American culture and law does not equate nationality with race or ethnicity, but with citizenship and permanent allegiance.
The BET Award Trophy, inspired by three words - aspire, ascend, achieve, was designed by artist/sculptor Carlos "Mare139" Rodriguez.OutKast won the first award trophy during the first ceremony in 2001. In 2007, Society Awards, the New York firm who manufactures the award, enhanced the quality of the trophy design using plated steel and black crystal.
Carlos Rodriguez is a New York-based artist born in 1965 in Spanish Harlem, New York City. He was best known as the subway graffiti writer Mare 139, and has since adapted the graffiti lettering styles to metal sculpture in the fine art context, and is recognized as a media artist for his creation of graffiti-art-related websites.
Society Awards is an American company best known for its custom design and manufacturing of high-profile entertainment industry awards, including the Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and GLAAD Media Award, among others.
|Household rating||18–49 rating||Viewers|
|2001||Tuesday||June 19||4.3||Unknown||5.20||No simulcast|
The inaugural ceremony in 2001 was held at the Paris Las Vegas resort on the Las Vegas Strip. From 2002 to 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the awards. From 2006 to 2012, the ceremonies were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The ceremony was moved to the Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre) at L.A. Live in 2013.
Paris Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
The Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada that is known for its concentration of resort hotels and casinos. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles (6.8 km) in length, located immediately south of the Las Vegas city limits in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester. However, the Strip is often referred to as being in Las Vegas.
The Dolby Theatre is a live-performance auditorium in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex, on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Since its opening on November 9, 2001, the theater has been the venue of the annual Academy Awards ceremony. It is adjacent to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the El Capitan Theatre nearby on Hollywood Boulevard.
|1st||June 19, 2001||Paris Las Vegas||Las Vegas||Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer|
|2nd||June 29, 2002||Kodak Theatre||Los Angeles|
|3rd||June 24, 2003||Mo'Nique|
|4th||June 29, 2004|
|5th||June 28, 2005||Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith|
|6th||June 27, 2006||Shrine Auditorium||Damon Wayans|
|7th||June 26, 2007||Mo'Nique|
|8th||June 24, 2008||D. L. Hughley|
|9th||June 28, 2009||Jamie Foxx|
|10th||June 27, 2010||Queen Latifah|
|11th||June 26, 2011||Kevin Hart|
|12th||July 1, 2012||Samuel L. Jackson|
|13th||June 30, 2013||Microsoft Theater||Chris Tucker|
|14th||June 29, 2014||Chris Rock|
|15th||June 28, 2015||Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross|
|16th||June 26, 2016||Snoop Dogg|
|17th||June 25, 2017||Leslie Jones|
|18th||June 24, 2018||Jamie Foxx|
|19th||June 23, 2019||Regina Hall|
The nomination process is handled by a voting academy made up of about 500 people from the music industry, media, and bloggers. BET sends out ballots electronically and voters nominate deserving works and artists in all categories who they think should be nominated. Nominations and voting ballots are collated by Yangaroo, Inc., a leading digital distribution firm that works on many other awards shows, including those of BET sister networks under parent company Viacom, Inc., as well. The top nominees are determined in each category, and the winners are selected via the academy members' voting process.
YANGAROO is a Canadian company specializing in providing technology solutions for the music, advertising, and awards industries. It was founded in 1999 by Cliff Hunt and David Staples.
Viacom Inc. is an American multinational mass media conglomerate company with interests primarily in film and television. It is currently the world's ninth largest media company in terms of revenue, and has headquarters in New York City. Voting control of Viacom is held by National Amusements, Inc., a privately owned theater company controlled by billionaire Sumner Redstone, who also holds a controlling stake in CBS Corporation.
The BET Award for Album of the Year is given to the most popular album released the same or previous year of the year the awards are handed out. The award is only given to the headlining artist(s) or group of the album.
The BET Award for Video of the Year is given to the most popular music video released the same or previous year of the year the awards are handed out. The award is only given to the performing artist(s) or group in the video. The award is not handed out to the video directors and producers. Beyoncé currently holds the record for most wins in this category with six.
The BET Award for Viewer's Choice Award is determined by the fans. Lil Wayne currently holds the record for most wins in this category with four.
The BET Award for Best Movie is given to the overall best film released in the same or previous year. The award was first given in 2010.
The BET Award for Best Actress is awarded to actresses from both television and film. Some nominees have been nominated based on their performances in multiple bodies of work within the eligibility period. Taraji P. Henson holds the record for most wins in this category with six.
The BET Award for Best Actor is awarded to actors from both television and film. Some nominees have been nominated based on their performances in multiple bodies of work within the eligibility period. Denzel Washington holds the record for most wins in this category with three.
The BET Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian and Ultimate Icon Award recipients, along with the nominees for other categories are announced in a press conference. At the awards ceremony a mini-documentary is shown covering the honorees' life. The awards are given out separately. The Ultimate Icon Award was created in 2015 and presented in the ceremony.
The BET Lifetime Achievement Award is given a veteran artist or group who has made notable contributions to the music industry. The honoree is paid tribute to by current popular singers who perform the honoree's most recognized songs. The honoree will usually perform themselves after being paid tribute.
In 2002, at the second annual BET Awards, the category for the BET Award Humanitarian Award was created. The Humanitarian Award is given to a celebrity philanthropist who donates their time and money to a charitable cause.
In 2015 and 2018, at the fifteenth and eighteenth annual BET Awards, the category of the Ultimate Icon Award was created. It is given to a veteran artist whose career is deemed iconic by fans and critics alike for their notable contributions in the music, dance and music video fields.
Below are the current rankings for the most wins and most nominated artist (male & female):
Most wins (as of 2019)[ citation needed ]
|Artist||Beyoncé||Chris Brown||Drake (musician)||Serena Williams||Nicki Minaj|
Most nominations (as of 2017)
This is a list of multiple nominated performers, athletes & actors with 5 or more career nominations. Beyoncé is currently the most nominated performer with 61 nominations, solo and with Destiny's Child.[ citation needed ]
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