Queen Latifah, who began her career as a rap artist, is the first rapper or one-time rapper to receive the lifetime achievement award.
Taraji P. Henson is set to host the 2021 BET Awards, which will air live on BET on Sunday, June 27, at 8 p.m., ET/PT. Queen Latifah, who hosted the show in 2010, will receive the lifetime achievement award. The theme of this year’s show is “Year of the Black Woman."
Amanda Seales hosted last year’s virtual BET Awards. This year’s show will mark the event’s return to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the show’s home since 2013.
“For more than 20 years, the BET Awards have been a celebration of Black creativity, art and excellence,” Henson said in a statement. “Returning live, this year’s show will be unlike anything we have ever seen before, and I am honored to be sharing the stage with so many powerful and prolific women in music and entertainment."