The 2019 BET Awards airs tonight from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles California. It broadcasts on multiple channels, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show can be seen on the BET television channel or the “Live TV” function on the BET network’s website but the full show will air on other networks as well, according to Billboard. The other channels that the show is on tonight include BET HER, VH1, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, and Logo. But, you don’t need to have one of these channels or even a cable subscription to watch the awards as it airs live.
If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of BET on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming subscription services:
BET and MTV are two of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle.
You can start a free 7-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of BET on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
BET, Logo and MTV are included in Philo’s main 58-channel bundle, which is the cheapest among all streaming services if you plan on keeping it long-term.
You can start a free 7-day trial of Philo TV right here, and you can then watch BET live on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone (iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or or other supported device via the Philo app.
If you can’t watch live, Philo also allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which allows you to replay any event that has aired in the last three days.
BET is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package, while MTV and Logo are included in the “Comedy Extra” add-on, which can be added to either the “Sling Orange” or “Sling Blue” base channel package. VH1 is included in the “Lifestyle Extra” add-on, which also can be added to either the main “Sling Orange” or “Sling Blue” channel packages.
You can start a free 7-day trial of Sling TV right here, and you can then watch BET live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
DirecTV Now offers four different channel packages, two of which (“Go Big” and “Gotta Have It”) include Logo. You can sign up for a free trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the show on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Now includes cloud DVR, although it is in the Beta stage.
The host of tonight’s show is Regina Hall, who many know from Girls Trip and Black Monday. According to BET, previous hosts of the show have included stars such as Jamie Foxx, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Mo’Nique, Chris Rock, and Leslie Jones. Ahead of the show, Hall told Hollywood Life that she was nervous about her big hosting gig. Hall revealed, “Everything just has to come together, so I think probably the fact that it’s live, there’s not like wait, cut, can we just reshoot that? So, probably the live aspect of the show has got me most nervous … But it’s like that for me even with shooting, before shooting is when you are the most nervous. When you actually go on set and you actually start working it all goes away.” Hall said that what’s made her the most anxious is the fact that she has never done a live event before this opportunity.
Cardi B leads the nominations with a total of seven and Drake has five to his name this year. Cardi B will also be performing. She will take the stage, as will artists including Migos, Lil Nas X, Meek Mill, James Funk of Rare Essence, Fantasia, DaBaby, Lil Baby, H.E.R., Lizzo, Jeremih, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Kelly Price Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Mustard, City Girls’ Yung Miami, Lucky Daye, and Kiana Ledé, and Jonathan McReynolds, as reported by Deadline.
Some of the major awards being handed out tonight are going to big names like Mary J. Blige and Tyler Perry. Nipsey Hussle will be honored posthumously with the Humanitarian Award. Meanwhile, Blige will get the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award and Perry will receive the Ultimate Icon Award.
Often, awards shows run over in time, which may make one wonder how long tonight’s BET Awards is set to air? The show is slated for 8 – 11:30 p.m. ET.
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