Jun 18, 2019
By Nicole Bitette
A look at the most memorable moments from the first BET Awards to now.
From the time the BET Awards first kicked off in 2001 with hosts Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, the night has become a cultural staple. Moments like Rick James' final live performance in 2004 to Jesse Williams' powerful speech in 2016 about the Black Lives Matter movement have cemented the ceremony as a must-watch for pop culture fans.
On June 23, the BET Awards will welcome host Regina Hall and some of the biggest names in Black entertainment at the Staples Center stage for its 18th ceremony. BET Awards executive producer Connie Orlando, who also serves as executive vice president and head of programming for BET, spoke to Viacom about the memorable moments that have lit up the awards in years prior.
“One of the best things about BET is that we get to celebrate culture, but also we create cultural moments that live on forever,” Orlando tells Viacom. “These moments have people talking in the moment, the next day, and for years.”
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"“One of the best things about BET is that we create cultural moments that live on forever." "
BET Executive Vice President and Head of Programming