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NAACP Image Awards: 5 Times BET Took Home The Win

The network has been awarded numerous times for its outstanding content.

Black Entertainment Television has long been the place for sources for news and the latest in the culture. Much like many before him, media entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson saw an opportunity to reach the Black audiences through cable television and in 1980 launched Black Entertainment Television.

Many of today’s most prominent artists and actors have made their television debut on the network and its impact has undoubtedly shifted and elevated Black culture. As we prepare for the 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards, here’s a look back at every time BET took home the win.

  • 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards

    Brandy Norwood Tika Sumpter NAACP Image Awards
    Simply Gorgeous - The Game star Brandy Norwood and actress Tika Sumpter attend the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

    Being Mary Jane won in "Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special", with Gabrielle Union recognized as "Outstanding Actress". The Game's Brandy won "Outstanding Supporting Actress" in a Comedy Series and Wendy Raquel Robinson for "Best Supporting Actress". 

  • 41st NAACP Image Awards

    The Inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States won for “Outstanding News/Information Series or Special”.

    The Michael Jackson Memorial: Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson won for "Outstanding Variety  Series or Special".

  • 47th NAACP Image Awards

    Being Mary Jane — won in the category of “Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series”.

    The documentary Muhammad Ali: The People's Champ, also won for “Outstanding Documentary (TV)

    BET original miniseries Book of Negroes  took home the trophy for “Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (TV)”

  • 45th NAACP Image Awards

    BET took home seven awards including one in the television category with Real Husbands of Hollywood  winning for "Outstanding Comedy Series", with the show's lead actor Kevin Hart winning "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series".

  • 43rd NAACP Image Awards

    Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil  were honored for their writing, winning the "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series" for the “Parachutes….Beach Chairs" episode of The Game. BET earned 15 nominations that year.

    Watch the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 8/9c.

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