The 2016 BET Awards were held on June 26, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony celebrates mass achievements in black entertainment and honors music, sports, television, and motion pictures released between April 1, 2015 and March 30, 2016. The nominees were announced on Friday, May 20, 2016, with Drake leading the pack with 9 nominations, while Beyoncé and Rihanna both follow behind with 6. Beyoncé ended up winning the most awards with 5. The ceremony featured four tribute performances to Prince, who died in April 2016.
The awards ceremony was broadcast for the first time as a simulcast across eleven Viacom Media Networks properties, the largest simulcast of a Viacom-owned awards ceremony yet. Outside of BET Networks operated channels BET & Centric, the show aired on the music based platforms of MTV & MTV2 and VH1 & VH1 Classic, as well as general entertainment platforms of Comedy Central, Logo and Spike. The awards show was also simulcasted on the shared channel space of Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, making it possibly the first program in that network's history to air with a TV-14 parental rating (TeenNick also carried the ceremony but has carried TV-14 rated content in the past).
Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He has starred in his own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during its fifth and final season. He is also known for his leading roles in drama series K-Ville, The Shield and as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on Law & Order. He has also had major roles in feature films such as Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004), The Departed (2006), Transformers (2007), and Scream 4 (2011). Anderson is also a regular judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Since September 2014, he has starred as Andre Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish.
Tracee Ellis Ross (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress, model, comedian, producer and television host.
The daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross, Ross began her career acting in independent films, variety series and hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. From 2000 to 2008, she played the leading role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends, for which she received two NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also has appeared in films Hanging Up (2000), I-See-You.Com (2006), and Daddy's Little Girls (2007), before returning to television playing Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines, for which she received her third NAACP Image Award.
In 2014, Ross began starring as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. The role brought her two more NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, and well as a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination.