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“Culture’s biggest night” will be a celebration of hip-hop. The 2023 BET Awards return to Los Angeles on Sunday (June 25) at 8 p.m. ET.
The show, held at the Microsoft Theater, will feature a star-studded performance lineup honoring hip-hop’s 50th anniversary.
“We have an incredible lineup of performers who will take us on a musical journey, covering Hip Hop spanning every decade, style, and region. From music to dance and fashion, we are digging through every crate as we celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop and its diversity, evolution, and global impact,” said Connie Orlando, BET EVP, specials, music programming & music strategy. “This wall-to-wall party will reverberate with the amazing energy and passion these artists bring to the stage and the culture. Prepare for an unforgettable night of reunions and surprises as we celebrate hip-hop’s rich history, enduring legacy, and promising future.”
Drake leads this year’s nominees list with seven nominations. Following closely behind the Toronto rapper, GloRilla earned six nominations, while 21 Savage and Lizzo each snagged five nominations.
Beyoncé, Burna Boy, Chris Brown, Ice Spice and SZA are tied at four nods each. Cardi B, Coco Jones, FLO, Future, Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, Tems, Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin landed three nominations a piece.
See below for ways to watch and stream the 2023 BET Awards online, and other details about the ceremony.
How to Watch the 2023 BET Awards on TV
The BET Awards air on Sunday (June 25) at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on BET and will simulcast on BET Her, Logo, MTV, MTV2, TV Land and VH1.
How to Watch the 2023 BET Awards Online for Free
While there isn’t a direct way to watch the BET Awards for free online, if you don’t have cable, your best bet would be to sign up for a streaming service that offers live TV such as DirectTV Stream, Philo, fuboTV or Sling TV. Hulu + Live TV offers live television as well but no free trial.
What are the best streaming deals? Right now, Sling TV starts at just $15 (regular $40) for the first month. Philo costs $25/month to access 70+ cable channels, and you’ll get a after a free trial for the first week, which means you can stream the BET Awards for free.
DirectTV Stream and Fubo offer up to 200+ cable and local channels for an affordable price. Monthly plans for both streamers start at $75/month. And if you’re streaming internationally, ExpressVPN gives you access to BET and several streaming platforms.
Who is Performing at the 2023 BET Awards?
The BET Awards will feature a star-studded performance lineup celebrating hip-hop from coast to coast. Performers include Big Daddy Kane, Eric Sermon, Chief Keef, 69 Boyz, DJ Unk, E-40, Fast Life Yungstaz & Easton (F.L.Y.), Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Kid ‘N Play, MC Lyte, Percy “Master P” Miller, Remy Ma, Soulja Boy, Redman, Jeezy, The Sugarhill Gang, Trick Daddy, Trina, Tyga, Uncle Luke, Warren G, Ying Yang Twins, Yo-Yo and more.
Ice Spice, Latto, Lil Uzi Vert, Coco Jones, GloRilla and Doechii are also scheduled to perform.
Who will be honored at the 2023 BET Awards?
Busta Rhymes will be honored with the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to industry pioneers who have “shifted the culture” and entertainment industry. Bia, Coi Leray, Cutty Ranks, Dexta Daps, M.O.P., Rah Digga, ScarLip, Spice, Supercat, Swizz Beatz and other surprise guests are slated to hit the stage to celebrate the Brooklyn native’s more than 30-year career.