5 Mind-Blowing BET Awards Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About
The BET Awards is an American award show that was established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.
The BET award was designed by sculptor and artist Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez and was inspired by the three words – aspire, ascend, achieve. The first award trophy designed by Carlos was presented to OutKast in 2001.
Ahead of the 2021 BET Awards, Celebscop.com compiles a list of 5 amazing fun facts that you probably did not know about the entertainment awards which is held annually and aired live on BET.
BET Awards Fun Facts
• With an average of 7 million viewers, the BET Awards remain the highest-rated awards shows on cable television.
• The most nominated artist at the BET Awards is Beyoncé with 62 nominations (56 solo and 8 with Destiny’s Child). She also leads in wins with a total of 28. Chris Brown follows with 39 nominations and 16 wins.
• Hip hop artists OutKast took home the first-ever BET award trophy during the first BET Awards ceremony on June 19, 2001. OutKast also won Video of the Year that night for “Ms. Jackson”.
• Following the passing of Michael Jackson, the BET Awards scrambled to revamp the ceremony. Within three days of its airing on June 28, 2009, the ceremony became a tribute to the fallen star as routines were hurriedly changed to include Jackson’s greatest hits.
• The only BET Ultimate Icon Award to date was awarded to Janet Jackson in 2015, which recognized her as a game-changer in the fields of music, dance, and video performances.
Since 2001, the BET Awards has celebrated the year’s achievements in Black culture by honoring the top artists, songs, videos, films, actors, and sportspeople. This year’s 21st annual BET Awards returned with a live studio audience after last year’s groundbreaking virtual event.