The BET Awards is airing this weekend, marking 20 years of the show’s existence and 40 years for the network. One of those honored will be Beyonce, bestowing upon her their prestigious Humanitarian Award for philanthropic work within the Black community over the years. From her BeyGood charity to the #IDidMyPart covid-19 mobile testing she’s been doing in her hometown of Houston and other Black and brown communities to her recent partnership with Twitter’s Jack Dorsey to address “education, health and housing” while we’re fighting the coronavirus.
All of this comes just as she released her new track Black Parade celebrating Black culture right on Juneteenth. The song release came with her releasing her Black Business Fund, administered by the National Urban League to support Black owned businesses. One thing that we admire the most about Beyonce is that through her career she’s made a conscious decision that she was not going to be something that she’s not and most importantly she would not be ashamed of being black.
Others being honored include the late Kobe Bryant and Little Richard. The show is described as featuring “innovative techniques and artist-generated content.” Rapper and sports enthusiast Lil Wayne will be paying tribute to Bryant while actor and comedian Wayne Brady will be speaking about Little Richard. The 2020 Shine a Light nominees include Timbaland, Swizz Beats, Nicolas Johnson and D-Nice and French anti-racist activist Assa Traore has been named BET’s International’s Global Good Recipient.
Appearances for the star studded virtual event will be made by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Billy Porter, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Naomi Campbell, Regina Hall, Saweetie, Viola Davis and Sterling K. Brown, among others. Performers include Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Megan Thee Stallion, Nas, Usher and more. We have just one thing we’re praying for and that is an actual appearance by Beyonce because we know it’s been about 10 years since we’ve seen her at the BET Awards, sans one or two virtual performances.
During this 40th anniversary of the network, a special appearance will be made by network founder Robert L. Johnson. So get your popcorn and your black power picks and tune in Sunday, June 28th at 8 pm ET for the Amanda Seales hosted 2020 BET Awards.