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Monday, June 28, 2010
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The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The awards are presented annually and broadcast live on BET. BET commissioned Artist/Sculptor and Hip Hop culture icon Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez to design the Award sculpture.

The inaugural ceremonies in 2001 were held at the Paris resort on the Las Vegas Strip. From 2002 through 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the ceremonies. Since 2006, the awards have been held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

* 2001: Steve Harvey & Cedric the Entertainer
* 2002: Steve Harvey & Cedric the Entertainer
* 2003: Mo'Nique
* 2004: Mo'Nique
* 2005: Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
* 2006: Damon Wayans
* 2007: Mo'Nique
* 2008: DL Hughley
* 2009: Jamie Foxx
* 2010: Queen Latifah

Lifetime Achievement & Humanitarian
The BET Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Award recipients, along with the nominees for other categories are announced in a press conference. At the awards ceremony a mini-documentary is shown covering the honorees' life. The awards are given out separately.

The BET Lifetime Achievement Award is given a veteran artist or group who has made notable contributions to the music industry. The honoree is paid tribute to by current popular singers who perform the honoree's most recognized songs. The honoree will usually perform themselves after being paid tribute.

In 2002, at the second annual BET Awards, the category for the BET Award Humanitarian Award was created. The Humanitarian Award is given a celebrity philanthropist who donates their time and money to a charitable cause.


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