BET Awards 2022: Everything to Know About 'Culture's Biggest Night'

BET Awards 2022: Everything to Know About 'Culture's Biggest Night'
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Get hyped — the 2022 BET Awards are almost here!

On Sunday, the famed award show ceremony will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Billed as "culture's biggest night," the 22nd annual ceremony aims to "showcase the best, brightest and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience — celebrating the present and future of Black music by elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change," per a press release.

The ceremony is set to be jam-packed with energetic performances by artists like Lizzo, Joey Bada$$ and Chance the Rapper.

Meanwhile, Doja Cat leads the nominations heading into the night with six, while Ari Lennox and Drake trail with four apiece.

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Here's everything to know about the annual show:

Who's hosting?

Taraji P. Henson attends the Fourth Annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television, presented by the Critics Choice Association at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 06, 2021
Taraji P. Henson attends the Fourth Annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television, presented by the Critics Choice Association at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 06, 2021

Amy Sussman/Getty Taraji P. Henson

For the second year in a row, actress Taraji P. Henson will host the award show.

"I am honored to return as the host of the BET Awards and share the stage with so many powerful and prolific artists; you can even say it is the 'empire' of Black Excellence," Henson, 51, said in a May press release. "Working with amazing partners like Scott and Connie at BET and Jesse Collins Entertainment is a creative's dream. I can't wait to celebrate Black music, entertainment, and culture with our viewers on what will be one unforgettable night."

"Taraji P. Henson is the personification of Black excellence, and we are excited to collaborate with the phenomenal multi-talented stage and screen actress to host the ultimate celebration of Black culture again this year," Connie Orlando, EVP specials, music programming and music strategy at BET said in a release. "For over two decades, the BET Awards has been home to Black brilliance, talent, and creativity, providing unforgettable cultural moments, and we look forward to raising the bar for BET Awards 2022."

Who's nominated?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 15: Doja Cat attends the 2022 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic);LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Drake attends the "Top Boy" UK Premiere at Hackney Picturehouse on September 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage); LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 27: Ari Lennox attends the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images,,)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 15: Doja Cat attends the 2022 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic);LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Drake attends the "Top Boy" UK Premiere at Hackney Picturehouse on September 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage); LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 27: Ari Lennox attends the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images,,)

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic; Karwai Tang/WireImage; Rich Fury/Getty Doja Cat, Drake and Ari Lennox

The artist with the most nods this year is Doja Cat as she leads with nods in six categories. Ari Lennox and Drake tie for the second-most nominations, as each artist is up for four awards.

Doja Cat, 26, appears in nearly ever top category including best female R&B, best female hip hop artist, video of the year and album of the year.

Other top nominees at the upcoming ceremony include Baby Keem, Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .PaakChlöeFutureH.E.R.Jazmine SullivanKanye WestKendrick LamarLil BabyMary J. Blige, and Tems — who all closely follow Lennox and Drake with three nominations each.

Who's performing?

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Giveon attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images); LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Lizzo attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images); LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 07: Jack Harlow attends the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Giveon attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images); LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Lizzo attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images); LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 07: Jack Harlow attends the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

John Shearer/Getty; Amy Sussman/Getty; Michael Loccisano/Getty for Churchill Downs Giveon, Lizzo and Jack Harlow

The award show is sure to be an eventful one with stars like LizzoJack Harlow and Chloe Bailey taking the stage!

Lil Wayne, Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsLattoChance the RapperElla MaiFireboy DMLGiveon, Joey Bada$$, Muni Long, Roddy Ricch and Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin will also perform at this year's ceremony, with newcomers GoGo Morrow and OGI announced to take the BET Amplified Stage, which highlights rising musicians.

Last year's award show included performances by MigosAndra DayH.E.R., DaBaby and more.

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Who is presenting?

Presenters include Idris ElbaDaniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, as well as Ne-YoJanelle MonáeNene LeakesTamar BraxtonRay JSanaa LathanBig Freedia, Bleu, Carl Anthony Payne II, Crystal Hayslett, Ebony Obsidian, Eva Marcille, Irv Gotti, KJ Smith, Luke James, Marsai Martin, Mignon, Novi Brown, SerayahTerrence JTisha Campbell and Will Packer.

Who is getting the Lifetime Achievement Award?

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25: Sean "Diddy" Combs attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean "Diddy" Combs on January 25, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25: Sean "Diddy" Combs attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean "Diddy" Combs on January 25, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Jon Kopaloff/Getty Sean Diddy Combs

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Sean "Diddy" Combs.

The award, which has previously gone to the likes of Whitney Houston, Prince and more, honors those "who have not only significantly shaped culture through their extensive careers, but who have also been transformative leaders that consistently inspire generations by setting a true standard of excellence," according to a press release.

"Diddy has always been a pioneering force in our community, breaking barriers, achieving unprecedented heights, blazing new trails, and, in so doing, raising the bar for all of us," BET CEO Scott Mills said in a statement. "His virtuosity is matched only by his range — from music to media, culture, business, and philanthropy — Diddy has exemplified Black Excellence. We are delighted to have this opportunity to use our biggest stage to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of our friend Diddy."

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How do I watch the 2022 BET Awards?

The 2022 BET Awards are set to air at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 26 on BET. Viewers without a cable subscription can tune in to watch BET on certain packages with several streaming services, including YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, Fubo TV, AT&T TV Now, and Locast.