2020 BET Awards

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)


Black excellence illuminated the airwaves with the premiere of the 20th annual “BET AWARDS” on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Hosted by comedian and actress Amanda Seales and proving that our culture is too big to be canceled, BET broke ground as the first official award show to push forward as the ultimate platform to showcase the best and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience. Using an array of innovative techniques, including stunning and dynamic artist-generated performances and packages, the “BET AWARDS” allowed the audience to immerse themselves in the important and inspirational messages of Black Lives Matter and the urgent need for racial equality.

Introduced by former First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter accepted the Humanitarian Award for her years of philanthropic service. Tributes to Black Lives Matter, George Floyd and other victims of police brutality were frequent throughout the program. Performers included John Legend, Alicia Keys, Anderson .Paak, Black Thought, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, Jennifer Hudson, Megan Thee Stallion, Nas, Questlove, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Usher, YG, and more.

For Your Consideration

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Hosted By: Amanda Seales
Executive Producers: Jesse Collins, Jeannáe Rouzan-Clay, Dionne Harmon, Connie Orlando
Co-Executive Producers: Eric Cook, Jamal Noisette
Directed By: Glenn Weiss

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET, served as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.


“2020 BET Awards which [was] the first major music awards show of the pandemic, a remarkable fusion of music, humor and social justice”

– Variety

“BET figured out how to write a whole new standard”

– Quest Love

“BET Awards 2020 opening was fire”


“A how-to: BET pulls off artistic, virtual, political success”

– ABC News

“Beyoncé received a humanitarian award, and performances made explicit references to protests against racism and police brutality at the first major awards show of the Covid-19 era.”

– The New York Times

“There may not have been a red carpet at the 2020 BET Awards, which were held virtually on Sunday night, but the evening still delivered plenty of front page-worthy fashion moments”

– Page Six

“Indeed, for every performance, there was a segment devoted to encouraging viewers to use their voice, a presenter prompting the audience to act, or an artist using their acceptance speech to deliver a call to

– The Atlantic