BET Award Trophy
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry|
|Presented by||Black Entertainment Television|
|First awarded||June 19, 2001|
The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.
The awards are presented annually, and they are broadcast live on BET. BET commissioned Artist/Sculptor and Hip Hop culture icon Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez to design the Award sculpture. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a widely viewed televised ceremony.
BET Award Trophy 
The BET Award Trophy was inspired by three words-Aspire, Ascend, Achieve. The BET Award Trophy was designed by artist/sculptor Carlos Mare 139 Rodriguez.The Aspiration part of the award is the base, it is the foundation, The Award starts with a black block that is well polished, this is where the value of weight comes in. The Ascending portion is the swift upward motion, it’s in two parts and part connected to the struggle and journey. The Intersecting stars are reflective of Achievement, the goal realized and shining brightly. Having it in polished metal was also important because it made it seem more elegant and precious.Since 2001, there have been numerous winners of the award. Outkast won the first BET award
TV ratings (in millions):
- 2006: 6.6
- 2007: 6.3
- 2008: 5.8
- 2009: 10.6
- 2010: 7.4
- 2011: 7.7
- 2012: 7.4
The inaugural ceremonies in 2001 were held at the Paris resort on the Las Vegas Strip. From 2002 to 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the ceremonies. From 2006 to 2012, the awards have been held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. BET Networks Executive Vice President of Specials Stephen Hill confirmed that BET Awards will move to the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in 2013.
BET Experience 
NEW YORK, NY – BET Networks, the foremost entertainment brand for the African-American audience, and AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/ operator of L.A. LIVE have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind event, the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 28 – 30, 2013.The BET Experience takes over L.A. LIVE for three days and nights of music and comedy concerts, film screenings, “106 & PARK” tapings, BET Fan Fest, seminars, BET Grammy Museum exhibit, various social events and celebrity appearances.“This is the next step in our evolution of the BET Awards weekend.“We are pleased to have the perfect partner in AEG to pull off our inaugural BET Experience.” “We are proud to be working in partnership with BET to create and co-host the first annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, said Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO, AEG. “No other organization would have the vision, the brand, the assets, the imagination or the creativity to design such an all-encompassing celebration than our friends at BET under the inspired leadership of Debra Lee. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of fans from all over the U.S. that will come to Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE to attend this one-of-a-kind tribute and celebration.” “When the world thinks of stars they think of Los Angeles,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “And this June we are happy to welcome the stars of Black Entertainment to our City for the BET Experience. Every year the show honors those actors, musicians and comedians who touch our souls and bring joy to our lives.” In addition to concerts, comedy shows and the BET Awards, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will feature: “106 & PARK” Stage: “106 & PARK,” the number one music countdown show, brings the livest audience to their exclusive stage in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE throughout the weekend with free musical performances, new talent showcases and celebrity appearances. Music Matters Stage: BET Grammy Museum Exhibit: A special curated exhibit of past BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Honorees will be staged at L.A. LIVE’s Grammy Museum during the weekend. BET Revealed Seminars: BET presents celebrity-filled seminars featuring real talk on money, culture, entertainment, family, celebrity and relationships at the JW Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE. BET Experience Film Fest: BET’s first ever film fest will showcase a diversity of films – studio releases, narratives, documentaries and shorts. Curated with Urbanworld and taking place at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theater, this will be a “people’s film festival” with no cost to event attendees. The Fan Fest: An interactive expo that invites guests to engage with their favorite BET shows, talent and their favorite brands through exhibits, demonstrations and giveaways. The Fan Fest includes a BET pavilion; a diverse food experience with soul food and other regional cuisines; Wolfgang Puck stations and a culinary stage; plus a community and exhibitor village. After Parties: The hottest outdoor and late-night parties featuring great DJ’s, celebrity appearances and much more. The official host hotels for the BET Experience are the JW Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. The BET Experience will offer special rates to consumers at more than 20 other hotels in the downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas.BET Experience partners include the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, JW Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, The City of Los Angeles, The Grammy Museum, and Urbanworld Film Festival.
Award Categories 
Hip Hop 
New Artist 
Music Video 
Viewer's Choice 
Centric Award 
BET Lifetime Achievement Award & BET Humanitarian Award 
The BET Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Award recipients, along with the nominees for other categories are announced in a press conference. At the awards ceremony a mini-documentary is shown covering the honorees' life. The awards are given out separately.
The BET Lifetime Achievement Award is given a veteran artist or group who has made notable contributions to the music industry. The honoree is paid tribute to by current popular singers who perform the honoree's most recognized songs. The honoree will usually perform themselves after being paid tribute.
- Lifetime Achievement
- 2001: Whitney Houston
- 2002: Earth Wind & Fire
- 2003: James Brown
- 2004: The Isley Brothers
- 2005: Gladys Knight
- 2006: Chaka Khan
- 2007: Diana Ross
- 2008: Al Green
- 2009: The O'Jays
- 2010: Prince
- 2011: Patti Labelle
- 2012: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly
- 2013: Charlie Wilson
In 2002, at the second annual BET Awards, the category for the BET Award Humanitarian Award was created. The Humanitarian Award is given to a celebrity philanthropist who donates their time and money to a charitable cause.
- 2002: Muhammad Ali
- 2003: Earvin "Magic" Johnson
- 2004: Danny Glover
- 2005: Denzel and Pauletta Washington
- 2006: Harry Belafonte
- 2007: Don Cheadle
- 2008: Quincy Jones
- 2009: Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean
- 2010: John Legend
- 2011: Steve Harvey
- 2012: Rev. Al Sharpton
BET Most Nominated and Winning Artists 
Below are the current rankings for the Most Wins and Most Nominated artist (male & female) of BET Award history.
Most Wins (as of 2012)
|Kanye West||Serena Williams||Lil' Wayne²||Alicia Keys
Most Nominations (as of 2012)
This is a list of the 10 most nominated performers, athletes & actors. Beyoncé is currently the most nominated performer with 39 nominations including her solo nominations and nominations with Destiny's Child.
|Chris Brown||Missy Elliott||Alicia Keys
Mary J. Blige
- ¹ Destiny's Child & Solo nominations
- ² Young Money & Solo nominations
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