LIVE (BETX), June 23 – 26, 2016 presented by Coca-Cola®. It recognizes the triumphs and

successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of


Best International Act: UK


2016 “BET AWARDS” show highlights include:

Best International Act: Africa

Black Coffee (South Africa)

BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, the leading world’s

leading sports and live entertainment companies and developer/operator

of L.A. In 2010, AEG launched its AEG

1EARTH environmental program featuring the industry’s first

sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced AXS a comprehensive

entertainment platform serving as the company’s primary consumer brand

including AXS Ticketing which provides fans the opportunity to purchase

tickets directly from their favorite venues via a user-friendly

ticketing interface, and the AXS TV network, a linear cable

channel focusing on live entertainment and lifestyle programming

available in nearly 40 million homes.

The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can

be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom

and sub-Saharan Africa. The “BET Awards” franchise

remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans,

and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. Collins is an executive producer of the hit TV series,

Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart and the upcoming original

miniseries based on the iconic music group New Edition that will debut

on BET in 2017. BEYONCÉ

shocked the packed house when she opened the show with KENDRICK LAMAR

in a first-ever LIVE television performance of “Freedom.” The night

continued with heartfelt high-energy performances in honor of the

artistry, legend and soul that is PRINCE at the 16th

annual BET Awards, which aired live from the Microsoft Theatre at

L.A. For more than a decade, Collins has played an integral role in

producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music

entertainment. Henson

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four-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking

place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center; FREE BET Fan Fest at

the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity

basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special

appearances. Developed by AEG, L.A. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Kirk Franklin

For photos of the red carpet, backstage and performances go to the BET

dedicated press room at

YoungStars Award

Amandla Stenberg

The 2016 “BET

Awards” will premiere around the world on BET’s international

network. Along with AEG Facilities,

other global divisions include AEG Live,

the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies

comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and

special event divisions and AEG Global Partnerships,

responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships, naming

rights and other strategic partnerships. The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on

Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Microsoft Theater.

In addition to all of these unforgettable moments, the complete list of

2016 “BET AWARDS” winners is:

ABOUT BET NETWORKS is the official site for the 2016 “BET

AWARDS” and features all the incredible content from this year’s

show. AEG’s European headquarters are

located in London. Hill, BET’s President of Programming; Connie

Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, and Lynne

Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials served as Executive

Producers for BET Networks.

. Formerly Executive Producer/EVP of Cossette Productions,

Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television

programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, Soul Train

Awards, BET Honors, UNCF An Evening of Stars, ABFF Awards and the BET

Hip Hop Awards. AEG, a

wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation, owns, operates or

consults with a collection of companies including over 100 of the

world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA),

StubHub Center (Carson, CA), PlayStation Theater (Times Square, New

York), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney,

Australia), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), and The O2 arena and

entertainment district (London, England). For more

information, visit:

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Last night, BET lived up to their promise “We Got You” and delivered a

show filled with epic surprises and captivating moments. BET is the dominant African-American consumer

brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading

Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news;

CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American

Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home

Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile,

which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices;

and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film

production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse

Collins. Jordan

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Best Female R&B / Pop Artist


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Sportsman of the Year Award

Stephen Curry

Viewer’s Choice “Best International” Artist:

Falz (Nigeria)

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Best Group

Drake & Future

AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. Stephen G.

shut the house down with an electrifying performance, featuring a medley

of Prince classics including “Erotic City,” “Let’s Work,” “U Got the

Look,” “A Love Bizarre,” “Glamorous Life,” and “Baby I’m A Star.”

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In one of the evening’s homages to Prince, STEVIE WONDER sang

alongside TORI KELLY to “Take Me With U.” The audience stayed on

their feet as JENNIFER HUDSON came out directly following,

blowing the crowd away with an emotional and breathtaking performance of

Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist


BET Global Good Award Honoree:

Akon (Senegal)

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj

Video Director of the Year

Director X

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment served as Executive

Producer. LIVE on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist

Bryson Tiller

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Best Actress

Taraji P. Global headquarters are in Los Angeles. In addition to

overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers,

assets of AEG Sports include franchises

such as the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and the Amgen Tour of California cycling

stage race. He has worked with a myriad of superstar talent

including Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick

Lamar, Drake, Prince and Mariah Carey. LIVE is

a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, &

entertainment district featuring Microsoft Theater and a 54-story,

1001-room convention “headquarters” destination. It will air in the UK on Tuesday, June 28th at

9:00pm BST, in Africa on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00pm CAT,

and in France on Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00pm CEST.


Centric Award


Best Actor

Michael B. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the

nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and

public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. Drake – Work

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Serena Williams

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Actor and civil rights activist JESSE WILLIAMS was presented this

year’s Humanitarian Award by BET Chairman and CEO DEBRA LEE

and gave a moving speech dedicating his award to “the real organizers

all over the country.” He closed to a standing ovation as he reminded

the audience that “Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”

Best Movie

Straight Outta Compton

Best New Artist

Bryson Tiller


the crowd in hysterics with their hilarious opening spoof of the Tony

award-winning musical “Hamilton” infusing some of today’s hottest songs

including “Panda,” “Cut It” and “Down in the DM.”

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Best Collaboration



A perfect ending to an evening of celebratory tributes, SHEILA E