BET Hip Hop Awards 2021 Succeeds in Score Ratings


( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) The 2021 BET Hip-Hip Awards Received 1.4 Million Viewers and Generated Triple-Digit View Increases Across Digital Platforms

ENSPIRE Contributor: Aricka Croxton

BET celebrated the impact of Hip-Hop music and scored rating success with the premieres and encores of the 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” and “RAP CITY ’21” on October 8th, 2021.

They brought together the hottest names in Hip Hop today for an unforgettable night of dynamic performances and memorable cultural moments. The award show garnered a .692 P18-49 rating, 806K viewers P2+, during premiere night, up +18% year-over-year on ratings. On BET alone, the telecast scored a .456 P18-49 rating with 527K total viewers P2+, up 6% year-over-year. They now have the Top 4 Cable award shows of 2021 for Black viewers: BET Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and Stellar Awards. The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards was the number one program for that night on all television for Black viewers, excluding sports.

Remy Ma accepts the award for ‘Best Hip Hop Video’ on behalf of onstage during the 20211 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards are up three times from last year’s coverage and four times from its last in-person taping in 2019. In terms of social interaction, the BET Hip Hop Awards beat the Daytime Emmy Awards by 61%. At 754K interactions year-to-date, they are in the Top Ten most social cable awards shows.

“Rap City ‘21” garnered 289K P2+ during premiere night. It scored a .241 P18-49 rating and 271K total viewers P2+ and was the #2 most social specials on all of TV on Tuesday, October 5th. Hosted by Big Tigger, “Rap City ‘21” celebrates black culture and features exclusive interviews with Jermaine Dupri, Tobe Nwigwe, Fat Joe, and more. The highly anticipated music show continues to pay homage to BET’s commitment to Hip Hop. They do this by celebrating the stars of the culture’s past, present, and future. 

Making its debut in 1989, “Rap City” was the preeminent Hip Hop series dedicated to rap music videos, important cultural commentary, and interviews with artists like  Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Kanye West, Eve, Ludacris, and many more.

BIA performs onstage during the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

This year, the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards brought out the hottest names in Hip Hop today. Comedy supergroup, 85 South, hosted this year’s awards from The Cobb Energy Centre, premiering on BET, BET Her, MTV2 and VH1. 

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion ruled the night by jointly snagging three wins each, including “Song of the Year,” “Best Hip Hop Video,” and “Best Collaboration,” for their hit “WAP.” Tyler, The Creator took home two wins for “Hip Hop Album of the Year” and “Best Live Performer.” Jay Z scored double wins in the “Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse” and “Impact Track” for his Nipsey Hussle collaboration “What It Feels Like.” Newcomer, Yung Bleu, was crowned “Best New Hip Hop Artist” while rap sensation Saweetie took home “Hustler of the Year.”

Music icon Missy Elliott was voted “Video Director of the Year” and “Lyricist of the Year” went to J. Cole. UK rapper Little Simz took home the “Best International Flow” award. Young Thug, Gunna, Bia, Lil Jon, Baby Keem, Latto, Tobe Nwigwe, Fat, Nell, Isaiah Rashad, Doechii, and Kal Banx blazed the stage with electrifying performances. “I Am Hip Hop Award” recipient Nelly closed out the show with a performance of his greatest hits, including “Country Grammar,” “Hot In Herre,” “Air Force Ones,” “Dilemma,” “Grillz” with an appearance by Paul Wall and more.

Tobe Nwigwe and Martika Ivory Rogers attend the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The highly anticipated cyphers were hosted by DJ Hed and featured a bevy of emcees dropping hot sixteens including Grip, D Smoke, Smino, Tierra Whack, Rico Nasty, Sleepy Hollow, Erica Banks, Fivio Foreign, and more. Presenters for the evening included a trio of Hip Hop powerhouses Trina, Remy Ma, and Rapsody. 

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