How to watch the 2023 BET Awards

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2023 BET Awards (Image credit: BET)

"Culture’s biggest night" is back again, and this time the 2023 BET Awards have much to celebrate as this year marks the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. 

The live ceremony kicks off on Sunday, June 25, at 8 pm ET on BET, and will feature some highly-anticipated performances honoring the genre from Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Ja Rule, Trina, Big Daddy Kane, Master P and more. Also slated to hit the stage are newcomers GloRilla and Bel-Air’s Coco Jones. 

Want to know what else you can look forward to with this year’s big show? Keep reading as we go over everything we know about the 2023 BET Awards. 

How to watch the 2023 BET Awards

How to watch the 2023 BET Awards in the US

The 2023 BET Awards air on BET. For those that cut the cord to traditional cable/satellite television, BET is an available channel on live TV streaming services such as Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, Fubo TV and YouTube TV

The ceremony can also be streamed via Additionally, it looks like BET Plus subscribers can watch the ceremony on the platform, per a May article in Variety.  

How to watch the 2023 BET Awards from anywhere

If you live outside the US, you unfortunately won’t be able to access BET. If the BET awards aren't playing where you are, a potential solution to this issue is with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

A VPN lets you change your IP address, enabling you to watch TV shows and events like the BET Awards from other locations. Our favorite is ExpressVPN, which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.

What to know about the 2023 BET Awards

When are the 2023 BET Awards?

The 2023 BET Awards are live on Sunday, June 25, at 8 pm ET on BET. You can also catch the ceremony on and BET Plus.  

Who’s hosting the 2023 BET Awards?

As of publication, that information has not been released. This may be due in part to the writers’ strike, but should we become aware of an official hosting announcement, we’ll pass along the update. 

Who is performing at the 2023 BET Awards?

With this year’s ceremony focusing on the 50 year anniversary of hip-hop, it should come as no surprise that many rappers are slated to perform. Here is a list of some of the known performers for the 2023 BET Awards.

  • 69 Boyz
  • Big Daddy Kane
  • Chief Keef
  • DJ Unk
  • E-40
  • Fast Life Yungstaz & Easton (F.L.Y.)
  • Fat Joe
  • Ja Rule
  • Kid ‘N Play
  • MC Lyte
  • Percy “Master P” Miller
  • Remy Ma
  • Soulja Boy
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Trick Daddy
  • Trina, Tyga
  • Uncle Luke
  • Warren G
  • Ying Yang Twins
  • Yo-Yo
  • Coco Jones
  • GloRilla
  • Doechii 
  • Lil Uzi Vert

Who are the 2023 BET Award nominees?

While this isn’t a full list of this year’s nominees, here are some of the nominees from a few of the biggest categories. You can look at all those who were nominated over on

Album of the Year

  • Anyways, Life’s Great by GloRilla
  • Breezy by Chris Brown
  • God Did by DJ Khaled
  • Her Loss by Drake & 21 Savage
  • Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  • Renaissance by Beyoncé
  • SOS by SZA

Video of the Year

  • "We (Warm Embrace)" by Chris Brown
  • "2 Million Up" by Peezy, Jeezy & Real Boston Richey feat Rob49
  • "About Damn Time" by Lizzo
  • "Bad Habit" by Steve Lacy
  • "First Class" by Jack Harlow
  • "Kill Bill" by SZA
  • "Tomorrow 2" by GloRilla and Cardi B

Viewer’s Choice Award

  • "Break My Soul" by Beyoncé
  • "Jimmy Cooks" by Drake feat 21 Savage
  • "Kill Bill" by SZA
  • "First Class" By Jack Harlow
  • "Super Freaky Girl" by Nicki Minaj
  • "About Damn Time" by Lizzo
  • "Last Last" by Burna Boy
  • "Wait for U" by Future feat Drake & Tems

Best Movie

Best Actor

  • Amin Joseph (Snowfall)
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway/Atlanta)
  • Damson Idris (Snowfall/Swarm)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Nope)
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta)
  • Demetrius ‘Lil Meech’ Flenory Jr. (BMF
  • Michael B. Jordan (Creed III)

Best Actress

  • Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Coco Jones (Bel-Air)
  • Janelle James (Abbott Elementary
  • Janelle Monáe (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery)
  • Keke Palmer (Nope)
  • Viola Davis (The Woman King)
  • Zendaya (Euphoria
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