06.17.2021

Taraji P. Henson to host 2021 BET Awards; Queen Latifah to get Lifetime Achievement Award

Taraji P. Henson at the 2020 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater    |   Taraji P. Henson at the 2020 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater | Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images for dcp

“For more than 20 years, the BET Awards have been a celebration of Black creativity, art and excellence,” Henson said via press release. “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.”

The prominence of women at this year’s awards is not by accident, according to BET executives.

“Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET.

“The BET Awards is the ultimate celebration of Black culture, and we are looking forward to spotlighting and celebrating Black women during this year’s show, recognizing them for everything they’ve accomplished and applauding them for what’s to come.”

Read the full story at The Grio.