BET Networks announced Grammy Award Winning Singer, Mary J Blige will be honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award while entertainment powerhouse Tyler Perry is honoured with the Ultimate Icon Award and Nipsey Hussle to also be honoured with the ‘BET Awards’ Humanitarian Award respectively at the 19th annual BET Awards. The 2019 BET Awards will air LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, 24 June at 02:00 AM CAT and 20:00 CAT on BET Africa (DStv channel 129).
The awards will see Chaka Bars, 31-year-old UK based Instagram activist/Pan African developer, honoured with the 2019 BET International Global Good Award. The Award will be presented during the red carpet pre-show for the 19th annual “BET Awards,” taking place June 23rd in Los Angeles, USA. The Global Good Award is BET International’s recognition of public figures who champion initiatives enacting positive social change and awareness. Chaka Bars joins past honorees including musician Akon, model Millen Magese and NBA player Bismack Biyombo.
With a career of landmark achievements including eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG nomination, Mary J. Blige has remained a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era and cemented herself as a global superstar.
Tyler Perry, the now world-renowned producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, and author, built his entertainment empire up from meagre beginnings. Inspired by a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey, Perry began his career by simply putting his thoughts and life experiences to paper, creating the foundation of his acclaimed catalog of plays, films, television series, and award-winning novels.
Nipsey continues to be a big part of the BET family from past BETX Staples Center concerts, performing on the BET Live Stage, to visiting the set of BET original series, BET Networks will continue to celebrate the life and work of the beloved LA native known lovingly as “Neighborhood Nip.” BET Networks also commemorated and celebrated his life by broadcasting “BET REMEMBERS: NIPSEY HUSSLE”, live and commercial-free coverage of Nipsey’s funeral service in its entirety on BET and BET Digital.
Hosted by actress and comedian Regina Hall, the awards will see African talent celebrated from the red carpet to the main show in the Best International Act Award and Best New International Act categories. The Face of BET in Africa, Nomalanga Shozi will also take centre stage on the events’ red carpet as the host, alongside British Congolese comedian Eddy Kadi to share exclusive conversation with event attendees on their most glamorous outfits at the ceremony.
In the Best International Act Award category South African rapper AKA alongside Nigerian musicians Burna Boy and Mr. Eazi have been nominated with Dave and Giggs from the UK with Aya Nakamura and Dosseh from France. In the fan voted category of Best New International Act, Sho Madjozi from South Africa is nominated together with Teniola Apata from Nigeria, Headie One and Octavian from the UK and France’s Jokair and Nesly.
As previously announced, the first group of performers for the 19th annual “BET Awards” include Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, Yung Miami of City Girls, Lucky Daye and Kiana Ledé. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson, Lena Waithe, Morris Chestnut, Yara Shahidi and Marsai Martin will be presenting awards.
The 2019 BET Awards will be broadcast in partnership with Russian Bear and My Muze by Vodacom on Monday, 24 June 2019, starting with a pre-show on at 00:00 CAT, followed by the main awards show at 02:00 CAT and conclude with a post-show immediately after. The awards will also be broadcast at 20:00 CAT the same night.