By Yuriy Andriyashchuk
Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer
The coronavirus pandemic has canceled so many anticipated events around the world which includes sporting events and concerts. In the United States, we are starting to see drops in cases and flattening of the curve but the nation is still taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus such as still keeping many inside of businesses closed even though their states are reopening their economies.
Festivals have been canceled left and right and now the topic that people have been forgetting about music wise are award shows. The Billboard Awards in Las Vegas was postponed in April and many wondered what would happen with the BET Awards that was set to take place in Los Angeles on June 28.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the in-person awards show will not take place as planned but it will go on virtually. The official press release stated that the show will be produced “using an array of innovative techniques and artist-generated content.” This will help bring an all-star lineup and to allow audiences to “participate in the celebration of black love, joy, pride, and power they’ve come to expect from BET.” The annual three-day BET Experience in LA from June 25-27 is canceled. VIP packages will be refunded. As far as nominees for the award show goes, they will be announced at a later date.
“At BET, we place the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors, and partners first, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will go on implementing this innovative production direction,” said Connie Orlando, executive vice president of specials, music programming and music strategy at BET. “For the past 20 years, The BET Awards have paid homage to all things now and relevant. Despite the challenges of today, we will deliver a show filled with larger than life, inspiring, empowering and entertaining moments, which have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.”
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