Tyler Perry to receive Icon Award at BET Awards
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 6/12/2019, 10:41 a.m.
Movie mogul Tyler Perry will be honored with BET’s Icon Award at this year’s BET Awards on June 23 in Los Angeles, reports Variety. Perry, who was once homeless, will be presented with the award for his continued cultural impact in the entertainment industry. Most recently, Perry wrote, directed and starred in “A Madea Family Funeral,” the latest addition to his “Madea” franchise. Over the years, he has developed movies and TV shows, and built a studio in Atlanta. Actress and comedian Regina Hall is set to host the ceremony, which recognizes artists, entertainers and athletes across 20 categories. Cardi B has seven nominations, followed by Drake with five and Beyoncé, Travis Scott and J. Cole, each with four. Among the acting nominees are Hall, Issa Rae, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish and Viola Davis in the best actress race, and Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan and Omari Hardwick on the best actor front. The first group of performers for the awards show will include Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, Yung Miami of City Girls, Lucky Daye and Kiana Ledé. In addition, Taraji P. Henson, Lena Waithe, Morris Chestnut, Yara Shahidi, and Marsai Martin will serve as presenters.