BET Awards 2016

BET Awards 2016

June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
Los Angeles
Los Angeles


The 2016 BET Awards were held on June 26, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony celebrates mass achievements in black entertainment and honors music, sports, television, and motion pictures released between April 1, 2015 and March 30, 2016. The nominees were announced on Friday, May 20, 2016, with Drake leading the pack with 9 nominations, while Beyoncé and Rihanna both follow behind with 6. Beyoncé ended up winning the most awards with 5. The ceremony featured four tribute performances to Prince, who died in April 2016.

The awards ceremony was broadcast for the first time as a simulcast across eleven Viacom Media Networks properties, the largest simulcast of a Viacom-owned awards ceremony yet. Outside of BET Networks operated channels BET & Centric, the show aired on the music based platforms of MTV & MTV2 and VH1 & VH1 Classic, as well as general entertainment platforms of Comedy Central, Logo and Spike.[2] The awards show was also simulcasted on the shared channel space of Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, making it possibly the first program in that network's history to air with a TV-14 parental rating (TeenNick also carried the ceremony but has carried TV-14 rated content in the past).[3]

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Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, businesswoman
bornSeptember 4, 1981
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Resides inLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Serena Williams
American multi-champion tennis player
bornSeptember 26, 1981
Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Resides inPalm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Singer, songwriter
Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor
bornOctober 24, 1986
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Photos - Arrivals (1)182


Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He has starred in his own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during its fifth and final season. He is also known for his leading roles in drama series K-Ville, The Shield and as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on Law & Order. He has also had major roles in feature films such as Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004), The Departed (2006), Transformers (2007), and Scream 4 (2011). Anderson is also a regular judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Since September 2014, he has starred as Andre Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish.


Tracee Ellis Ross (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress, model, comedian, producer and television host.[1]

The daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross, Ross began her career acting in independent films, variety series and hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. From 2000 to 2008, she played the leading role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends, for which she received two NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also has appeared in films Hanging Up (2000), I-See-You.Com (2006), and Daddy's Little Girls (2007), before returning to television playing Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines, for which she received her third NAACP Image Award.

In 2014, Ross began starring as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. The role brought her two more NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, and well as a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination.


Video of the Year Nominees4

Video Director of the Year Nominees5

Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award Nominees6

Centric Award Nominees5

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Nominees5

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Nominees5

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Nominees5

Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominees6

Best Group Nominees8

Best Collaboration Nominees5

Best New Artist Nominees5

Best Gospel Artist Nominees6

Best Actress Nominees5

Best Actor Nominees5

YoungStars Award Nominees5

Best Movie Nominees5

Sportswoman of the Year Nominees5

Sportsman of the Year Nominees5

Best International Act (Africa) Nominees8

Best International Act (UK) Nominees5

Honorary Award Winners2

FANdemonium Award Winners4



Songs Performed24

In Memoriam2

Microsoft Theater
The Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live) is a music and theatre venue in downtown Los Angeles, California at L.A. Live. The theatre auditorium seats 7,100 and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States.

Notable Attendees174


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles15


Spotify - Featured Tracks12


News Articles12

Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar Descend on the BET Awards with Surprise “Freedom” Performance
Gossip on This  –  June 27, 2016
If you were under any kind of illusion that Beyoncé had up and forgotten her roots, she thoroughly disabused everybody and they mama of that wrong-headed idea with her very black opening performance of “Freedom” at the 2016 BET Awards. The routine ...
Jesse Williams Gives Powerful Speech on Racism at BET Awards (VIDEO)
Gossip & Gab  –  June 27, 2016
We have the BET Awards 2016 last night and while many people are buzzing over the performances, we also have a ton of talk about the powerful speech that Jesse Williams from Grey’s Anatomy gave after receiving the Humanitarian Award. He brought down ...
Jesse Williams Reminds BET Audience Why He’s #ActivistBae (Watch the Full Speech)
Electronic Urban Report  –  June 27, 2016
eloquently using the term “brands on our bodies” to reference both slavery and designer clothing. Actor Jesse Williams attends the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
BET Awards 2016 red carpet
WCBI-TV  –  June 27, 2016
WCBI – TV was the first television station in North Mississippi. The station began its regular operations on July 13, 1956 under the ownership of Birney Imes, Jr. WCBI was first housed in a group of cement block buildings in a pasture east of Columbus on ...
Toni Braxton, Birdman debut as couple at 2016 BET Awards
United Press International  –  June 27, 2016
LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) --Toni Braxton and Birdman made their first appearance as a couple Sunday. The 48-year-old singer and 47-year-old rapper attended the 2016 BET Awards in Los Angeles, where Birdman presented an award with Snoop Dogg and Jermaine ...
The Hottest Looks From the BET Awards Red Carpet
The Grio  –  June 27, 2016
Last night’s 2016 BET Awards was one for the books. With a surprise opening performance by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, heartfelt musical Prince tributes and a rousing speech by Jesse Williams, the show offered inspiration all the way from the stage ...
14 Truly Unforgettable Moments From The 2016 BET Awards
The Huffington Post  –  June 27, 2016
The 16th Annual BET Awards aired on Sunday and it was lit for so many reasons.
BET Awards 2016: 20 Best and Worst Moments
Rolling Stone  –  June 27, 2016
The 16th annual BET Awards took over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles last night, featuring a mix of pop, rap and R&B A-listers. Though the chaotic state of America and the shadow of Prince's passing gave the broadcast a somewhat somber air, there were ...
Jesse Williams' speech stole the BET Awards
CNN  –  June 27, 2016
(CNN)Actor Jesse Williams took to the BET Awards stage Sunday night as an honoree and left a hero. The "Grey's Anatomy" star received the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award, and gave a powerful acceptance speech on race and this country. His words have been so ...
Best and worst dressed at the 2016 BET Awards
Chron  –  June 27, 2016
Stripes like this always make us think of Beetlejuice, but maybe we'll think of Janelle Monae when we see them in the future. She wore this outfit at the BET awards show, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. Best: Janelle Monae Stripes like this always ...
2016 BET Awards: Best Red-Carpet Style
Glamour  –  June 27, 2016
Last night’s BET Awards were filled with so many memorable moments, from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar’s surprise performance, to Jesse Williams’ riveting #BlackLivesMatter acceptance speech. But what kicked off the show was the bold and beautiful ...
BET Awards: Show Highlights — The 2016 Hip Hop Awards’ Best Moments
Hollywood Life (blog)  –  June 27, 2016
That was amazing! The 2016 BET Awards took it to the next level on June 26, and we’re thinking it may have been the best yet! From Beyonce’s surprise opening performance to the amazing Prince tribute you’re not going to want to miss a second of the ...

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