On Thursday, 25th of June 2020, the BET announced that singer and entertainer, Beyonce Knowles who is also BeyGOOD founder will be honored with the distinguished Humanitarian Award at the upcoming 20th annual BET Awards show which will air on BET and CBS on Sunday, June 28th at 8 p.m. ET.
The black-centric Viacom cable channel made the announcement Thursday, along side new additions to the virtual event’s star-studded roster, including Lil’ Wayne’s tribute to late Lakers star Kobe Bryant, and a memorial to rock & roll pioneer Little Richard by Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady.
Beyonce who already has 29 BET awards to her credit and can add one or more to that after the global entertainment icon gets honored with the distinguished Humanitarian Award at the upcoming 20th annual BET Awards show, airing on BET and CBS on June 28 at 8 p.m. EDT.
Along with her thriving career, the main reason for the award are often traced to Beyoncé being recognized as a selfless philanthropist who has created several initiatives to offer back to the world at large, including scholarships to deserving college students, bringing safe water and sanitation to the small, landlocked East African country of Burundi and recently providing relief and assistance to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic especially with provisions of relief materials for affected families.
Following the release of her latest song, “Black Parade,” the 24-time Grammy Award winner announced the creation of BeyGOOD’s Black Business Fund, administered by the National Urban League, to support black-owned small businesses and this goes to prove just what proportion Beyonce is committed to helping the less privilege and creating a far better life for families in black communities.
Beyonce joined hands together with her mother Tina knowles Lawson to offer a push to the #IDIDMYPART mobile testing initiative which supports houstin communities of color that are displaced by the pandemic
The BET Awards started handing out the Humanitarian honor in 2002 so as to honor celebrities who donate their time and money to charitable causes. To date, honorees have included: Muhammad Ali, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Danny Glover, Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington, Harry Belafonte, Don Cheadle, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Steve Harvey, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dwayne Wade, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Tom Joyner, Jesse Williams, Chance the Rapper, Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King, Anthony Borges and James Shaw Jr. and, in 2019, Nipsey Hussle.
The socially-distanced “2020 BET Awards” broadcast also will honor Nicolas Johnson, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and D-Nice as the 2020 Shine a light Honorees, which recognizes “exceptional resilience, ingenuity and creativity in the face of adversity.” As previously announced, “BET Awards” 2020 will feature performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Alicia Keys, Summer Walker, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, John Legend, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, Jonathan McReynolds, Roddy Ricch, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, SiR, Usher and Wayne Brady, with appearances by BET Amplified Artists, Lonr and Masego also are set to perform at the event in on the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists.
On One list of nominees and probable winners is no other person dominating this year’s nominations; Drake, with a total of 6, including ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and two nods for both ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice’ for his features alongside Chris Brown( No Guidance) and Future (Life Is Good). Newcomers Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch follow closely behind with five nominations each.
Megan Thee Stallion nominations include ‘Best Female Hip Hop,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Roddy Ricch’s nods include ‘Best Male Hip Hop,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Best New Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Other leading nominees include Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo, and DaBaby, as each garnered four nominations.
BET announced their star studded performers line up with artists like Black Thought, Jay Rock, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Mister Jahi, Nas, Public Enemy, Rapsody, Questlove, and YG on the list.
Additionally , Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along side leading entertainers Billy Porter, Courtney B. Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Quincy Jones, Rapsody, Regina Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Saweetie, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Whoopi Goldberg and more will make appearances at the annual show, which expanded its footprint to travel beyond the confines of a standard stage show in response to safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, marking a first for the network. it had been also reported that the show are going to be hosted by comedian and actress Amanda Seales.