The BET Awards air live tonight recognizing the top black and minority actors, musicians, and athletes of the year.. This year’s ceremony is hosted by stand up comedian and actor Chris Rock, who has been appearing in humor themed promo shots for the awards for several weeks – and his hosting duties can be expected to be sprinkled liberally with jokes accordingly. He’s far from the only prominent entertainer to appear tonight’s schedule. Those who don’t normally watch BET throughout the year may suddenly be scrambling to figure out which TV channel number it is on their provider.
Lionel Richie is set to receive the BET Lifetime Achievement Award tonight, and there will be several musical performances. Pharrell Williams the longtime producer who has also broken into the mainstream as a singer over the past year, will perform, as will the likes of John Legend Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, August Alsina, and Jhene Aiko. This is the fourteen annual BET Awards show, airing since the year 2001.
Tonight’s 2014 BET Awards have a start time of 8:00pm eastern time, and air live on TV channel BET. That’s channel number 329 on DirecTV, 124 on Dish Network, 770 on Verizon FIOS, and channel number 1155 on U-Verse.