The BET Awards are this Sunday, and after a COVID-related virtual ceremony last year, they’re returning as an in-person event in 2021. If you’re a Sling Orange or Blue subscriber, you can catch all of the action live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles beginning at 8pm ET on Sunday, June 27. To get you ready for the biggest awards show of the summer, here’s a look at this year’s nominees, performers, and much more. To get Sling Orange at the best price, use the link at the bottom of this page.
Who is nominated?
DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion nabbed the most nominations this year; they’re both up for seven awards, including Best Collaboration for their song “Cry Baby.” Drake and Cardi B are next with five nominations each, including Best Male and Female Rapper and Video of the Year for “WAP” and “Laugh Now Cry Later,” respectively. Other multiple nominees include Jack Harlow, Pop Smoke, Anderson .Paak, SZA, and The Weeknd, who’s up for Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist and Album of the Year for After Hours. For a full list of nominees, click here.
Who is hosting?
The always-amazing Taraji P. Henson will host the BET Awards, a fitting choice for a ceremony whose theme is “Year of the Black Woman.” With politicians like Stacey Abrams and Vice President Kamala Harris breaking barriers, it’s a great time to celebrate the accomplishments of Black women everywhere, and it sounds like Henson is excited to share the spotlight with them; she recently told People, “I’m such a girls’ girl. I love to uplift women.”
In keeping with the theme, Queen Latifah will be honored with the lifetime achievement award. The Oscar-nominated actress and hip-hop pioneer is most deserving of the recognition, as she not only paved the way for a generation of female MCs, but any rapper looking to make the transition from music to acting.
Who will perform/ present?
As always, BET has tapped some of the biggest artists in R&B, pop, and rap to perform at the ceremony. However, this year’s ceremony will be bigger than ever, with BET executive Connie Oralndo promising, “the highest number of performers in 21 years of BET Awards,” along with “several surprise moments.” Migos, DJ Khaled, DaBaby, Andra Day, H.E.R., Lil Baby, City Girls, Monneybag Yo!, Lil Durk, Jazmine Sullivan, and Tyler, The Creator (who just released his new album Call Me If You Get Lost) are among those scheduled to take the stage. Click here for a complete list of performers.
How do I watch on Sling?
As we mentioned at the top, the 2021 BET Awards will be available to all Sling Orange and Blue subscribers. New Sling subscribers can use the link below to sign up for Sling Orange for just $10 for their first month.
The 2021 BET Awards will air this Sunday, June 27, beginning at 8pm ET on BET