While some of the year’s biggest televised live events have pressed pause on production due to the ongoing global health crisis, 2020 BET Awards organizers have hushed murmurs of cancellation by confirming the show will go on – albeit unconventionally.
“The BET Awards will move forward with its 2020 edition this year, albeit virtually. Celebrating the network’s 40th anniversary, and the Awards’ 20 years on the air, top stars in black entertainment, sports and philanthropy will appear on Sunday, June 28 via “innovative techniques and artist-generated content,” BET revealed on May 20.
The three-day BET Experience, which has taken place in Los Angeles as a lead-up to the big night, has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will return in 2021. Refunds are available with the cancellation.”
Fans eager to learn of the year’s nominees will have to wait until they are announced at a later date.
Connie Orlando (evp specials, music programming and music strategy at BET) will executive producer the event alongside Jesse Collins (CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment).
In a statement regarding the unique approach, Orlando revealed:
“At BET, we place the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors, and partners first, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will go on implementing this innovative production direction,“ she said. “For the past 20 years, The BET Awards have paid homage to all things now and relevant. Despite the challenges of today, we will deliver a show filled with larger than life, inspiring, empowering and entertaining moments, which have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.”