Finally! This prestigious award is going to a woman who has shown versatility in her acting efforts, hip-hop efforts, jazz efforts, and so much more. The time has come to reign the Queen. Earlier today, BET has announced that this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be Queen Latifah. The legendary network shared this in their press release this morning:
“Additionally, the “BET AWARDS” will be honoring Queen Latifah with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award. Latifah has had amazing success since her career began in Hollywood and became the first hip-hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. She received rave reviews, industry recognition, and accolades for her roles in feature musical CHICAGO and cable films LIFE SUPPORT and BESSIE, which she also produced. Additionally, Latifah starred in the hit comedy GIRLS TRIP and has also taken to the stage and small screen as the title character in the television musical, THE WIZ LIVE!. Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company owned and operated by Latifah and Shakim Compere, was behind the hit comedies, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, BEAUTY SHOP, and THE PERFECT HOLIDAY. Latifah currently stars in and is an executive producer on the CBS series reboot of THE EQUALIZER, which quickly became TV’s #1 scripted series this year.”
The ‘U-N-I-T-Y’ has been a trail-blazer for decades and she continues to show the world she’s still got it in her current lead role as Robyn McCall in The Equalizer, currently renewed for a second season on CBS. The “Living Single” star shared her excitement of the news on her Instagram earlier this afternoon:
This award is well-deserved and Hip Hop is truly lucky to have someone like Dana Owens who influenced the culture for Female Hip Hop rappers that we see today. We’re very excited to see which rap girls will participate in Latifah’s tribute. One name that comes to fans’ minds is Rapsody, who is the only female rapper Latifah has given a guest verse to in terms of the new-age female rappers.
In addition to Queen receiving her award, this year’s ceremony will be hosted by Taraji P. Henson with this year’s theme being “The Year Of The Black Woman.” Make sure you tune in to the 2021 BET Awards live on BET Networks Sunday, June 27th AT 8:00 PM, ET/PT.