Culture’s Biggest Night, The “BET AWARDS” 2021, Dominates the Award Show Arena as the Best Performing Awards Show This Year Among P18-49 with 2.4 Million Total Viewers Tuning In Across Seven ViacomCBS Nets on Sunday, June 27

The “BET AWARDS” Grew Its Audience on BET vs a Year Ago and Amassed Over 4.6 MM Total Viewers P2+ (EDAC) Tuned In to BET, Leading Up to and Post, the Culture-Defining Special with Over 8 Consecutive Hours of BET AWARDS Related Programming

On Social the #BETAwards was on Fire, Claiming the #1 Most Social Show on All of TV with 72 MM Social Views, Up +11% Year-Over-Year

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Culture’s biggest night, the “BET AWARDS” 2021, celebrated Black excellence and again raised the bar for award shows in creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. The LIVE award show premiered Sunday, June 27, solidified its position as the #1 Cable Awards Show among P18-49 for the 2021 broadcast season and is now the best performing award show with impressions this year*. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 drew 2.4 MM Total Viewers P2+ (EDAC), as it was simulcast LIVE across seven ViacomCBS networks including BET Her, MTV, MTV2, Logo, TV Land, and VH1, 1.7 MM Total Viewers P2+ tuning in on BET alone.* With over 8 hours of BET AWARDS” related content including, “The Countdown to BET Awards” (719K P2+) and “DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: BET Awards Edition” (1.1M P2+), the network drew over 4.6 MM total Viewers P2+ (EDAC) and 3.7 MM Total Viewers P2+ on BET alone.**

Filled with non-stop exhilarating moments, the special secured the #1 Most Social Show on ALL of TV. Outperforming the Oscars and the Golden Globes, the “BET Awards” 2021 was the best performing telecast on BET Digital ever. Fans worldwide were immersed on multiple screens garnering over 72 M views across BET Digital, up +11 % from last year’s coverage, and up +31% from 2019.***

The 2021 “BET AWARDS” social and digital highlights include***:

  • 72M views to date across BET Digital, up +11% from last year’s coverage, and up +31% from 2019. It was the best “BET Awards” ever on BET Digital.
  • #1 most watched TV show on social (6/27/21).
    • 12.4M social views, up +40% year-over-year.
  • #1 most social program across TV (6/27/21).
    • #1 Most Social Cable awards show year-to-date (1/1/21-6/26/21).
    • 10.2M social interactions, growing +83% year-over-year and up +64% from 2019.
  • #BETAwards trended on Twitter in the #1 spot consecutively for 5 hours worldwide.

“Last year, we proudly did the unthinkable producing the first official awards show amid a global pandemic while pushing our creative boundaries,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “This year, we worked tirelessly to safely deliver an award show unlike any other that not only exceeded our expectations but continues to illustrate and celebrate the beauty and excellence of Black culture. And we did this with a live fully vaccinated audience and all-star lineup of talent that trusted us with their creative vision and biggest moments.”

“We are thrilled with the remarkable success and viewership of the BET Awards,” said BET President Scott Mills. “We have been at the forefront of turning our signature programming events into massive cultural entertainment touchpoints that authentically celebrate the Black community as no other brand can.”

An additional encore viewing of the 2021 “BET AWARDS” aired immediately following the Post-show at 12:50 AM EDT. Fans can catch an additional airing Tuesday, June 29 at 8 PM ET and Saturday, July 3 at 8 PM ET.

BET honored an incredible and inspiring lineup of artists, entertainers and cultural icons across more than 20 categories at The “BET AWARDS” 2021. The iconic show, hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, aired live at 8 pm ET/PT on BET on Sunday, June 27, with a fully vaccinated audience. This year’s extraordinary show highlighted the absolute best in entertainment and culture with stunning performances and appearances by the biggest names across television, film, and music.

The “BET AWARDS,” which has become synonymous with powerful Black talent and social commentary, continues to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after addition, the awards proclaimed it as the “Year of the Black Woman” to celebrate and honor their immense impact on the culture. The ceremony was an unforgettable celebration of Black culture, love, joy, and pride.

With its highest number of musical acts ever the show featured performances by Andra Day, Busta Rhymes, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, Griselda, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Buck and Jon, Lil Durk, Lil Kim, Lil Nas X, MC Lyte, Megan Thee Stallion, Mereba, Method Man, Michael K. Williams, Migos, Monie Love, Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Swizz Beatz, The Lox, Tone Stith, Tyler The Creator and more. Ashanti, Chloe Bailey, Ciara, Crystal Renee Hayslett, DJ Cassidy, Ebony Obsidian, Eva Marcille, Issa Rae, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, KJ Smith, Lena Waithe, Marsai Martin, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor, Mignon, Mj Rodriguez, Naomi Campbell, Novi Brown, Regina Hall, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Saweetie, Sevyn Streeter also made a special appearance at the award show.

For the latest “BET AWARDS2021 news and updates, please visit

The “BET Awards” 2021 is Executive Produced by Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET and Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For photos of the red carpet, backstage, and performances, go to the “BET AWARDS” 2021 dedicated press room at

*Source: BET Awards simulcast had least P18-49 % imps decline vs. prior installment among competitive tentpoles in 2021

**Source: Nielsen (Live+SD) | Total BET Awards related programming includes Pre-show, BET Awards & BET Awards. (duration weighted imps), Pass the Mic Post-show, and BET Awards Encore (based on Nielsen Fasties) | Cumulative sum of average impressions on BET/EDAC nets as referred

***Source: YouTube Analytics, Conviva, Tubular, ListenFirst, Abode Analytics, Talkwalker Social Content Ratings, Trends24; 1/1/21-6/27/21


BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience;, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, 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.


The “BET Awards” is one of the most-watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. 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. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.


Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows—Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to for more information on the company.




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