Taraji P. Henson, Host of The 2021 “BET Awards”, Queen Latifah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) The 2021 “BET Awards” Proclaims This Year’s Theme as “Year of the Black Woman” to Celebrate and Honor their Immense Impact on the Culture

ENSPIRE Contributor: LaShonda Thompson

Taraji P. Henson, the Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist, will host the 2021 “BET AWARDS,” and Queen Latifah, the GRAMMY® award-winning musician and critically acclaimed Golden Globe®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated actor, will receive the Lifetime Achievement BET Award. The “BET AWARDS” airs LIVE on BET on Sunday, June 27 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT.

“For more than 20 years, the BET Awards have been a celebration of Black creativity, art and excellence,” said Taraji P. Henson. “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. The BET Awards will once again be at the forefront of Black culture.”

“Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “The BET AWARDS is the ultimate celebration of Black culture, and we are looking forward to spotlighting and celebrating Black women during this year’s show, recognizing them for everything they’ve accomplished and applauding them for what’s to come.”

About Taraji P. Henson & Queen Latifah

Taraji P. Henson recently concluded her illustrious career as “Cookie Lyon” on Fox’s blockbuster musical drama EMPIRE, for which she received three Emmy® nominations, a Golden Globe® Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, and three BET Awards. She lent her voice to Disney’s RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 and portrayed NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in the Academy Award®-nominated film HIDDEN FIGURES. In honor of her late father, she established the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in the fall of 2018. The group offers mental health scholarships to African-American students, provides mental health services to adolescents in urban schools, and aims to reduce African-American men and women’s recidivism rates. Henson and Tracie Jade, her best friend and foundation partner, recently co-hosted the Facebook Watch mental health series PEACE OF MIND WITH TARAJI, for which they were nominated for a Daytime Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.”

Queen Latifah has had amazing success since her career began in Hollywood and became the first hip-hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. She received rave reviews, industry recognition, and accolades for her roles in feature musical CHICAGO and cable films LIFE SUPPORT and BESSIE, which she also produced. Additionally, Latifah starred in the hit comedy GIRLS TRIP and has also taken to the stage and small screen as the title character in the television musical, THE WIZ LIVE!. Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company owned and operated by Latifah and Shakim Compere, was behind the hit comedies, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, BEAUTY SHOP, and THE PERFECT HOLIDAY. Latifah currently stars in and is an executive producer on the CBS series reboot of THE EQUALIZER, which quickly became TV’s #1 scripted series this year.

Check out the BET AWARDS website for more information.