Damon Wayans of the famous Wayans family will host the annual BET Awards, Damon has been in a number of movies and television shows since having his breakout performance on The In Living Color television show.
Other special guests include Chaka Khan who will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Harry Belafonte who will be receiving the Humanitarian Award. Other awards will be giving out on the following categories: female and male hip-hop artists, collaboration, female and male R & B artists, group, new artist, gospel artist, video of the year, actress and actor, female and male athlete, BET J Cool Like That, and BET.com viewers’ choice. Some of the nominees are Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, 50 Cent, Busta Ryhmes, T.I., Keyshia Cole, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, Three 6 Mafia, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Yolanda Adams, Queen Latifah, Terrance Howard, Shaquille O’Neal, Vince Young, Heather Headley, and the list goes on to cover the old and new faces of urban entertainment.
The BET Annual Awards have been showing the world that urban entertainment is loved and appreciated since the early 2000’s, before which there was not much love given to the artists of the urban community. It was necessary for BET to form their own awards show to give the praise to the urban entertainer that was needed. Since the BET Awards began, it has continued to grow each year to become more than just music awards but an award show for an entire community, that community is the urban entertainment community.