And the winner is…
Broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the awards show has already announced winners in two important categories including Samuel L. Jackson for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“It’s an honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 BET Awards later this month,” the actor said in a statement. “I’m humbled to be recognized by my peers and to join the company of the exemplary recipients before me.”
In addition, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams will be recognized for using his celebrity platform to shine a light on important causes.
“Jesse has proven to be a true pioneer of our generation,” BET said in a statement. “[He] is a refreshing new face of activism during a time of crisis in this country.”
In case you miss the announcements tonight during the show, we have you covered. Keep checking as we update the winners’ list throughout the night.
Humanitarian Award: Jesse Williams
Lifetime Achievement Award: Samuel L. Jackson