BET Awards 2024: Revisiting 5 Dynamic BET Awards Host Opening Performances

From comedians to musicians, each host has infused the stage with their distinct flair.

As anticipation mounts for the upcoming BET Awards 2024 on June 30th at 8 p.m., it’s impossible not to reflect on the unforgettable legacy of its past hosts. Over the years, the BET Awards stage has been graced by some of the most dynamic and influential figures in entertainment, including Jamie Foxx, Mo’Nique, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Samuel L. Jackson, and Queen Latifah, among others.

From comedians who tickled our funny bones to musicians who moved our souls, each host has brought their own unique flair and charisma to the stage, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of viewers worldwide. As we eagerly await the next chapter in this storied tradition, let's take a moment to celebrate the luminous stars who have lit up the BET Awards stage in years past by checking out five memorable opening performances from past hosts. 

Get ready to be swept off your feet and into a world of electrifying entertainment as Culture’s biggest party returns to celebrate the BET Awards 2024, airing Sunday, June 30, at 8 PM ET/PT. And don’t forget to catch the return of the BET Experience 2024, Presented by Walmart, an adrenaline-fueled week like never before packed with performances across various stages of renowned venues, including the YouTube Theater, the Miracle Theatre, the Arena, and the iconic Hollywood Bowl. For BET Experience, Presented by Walmart tickets, click here.

  • Host Regina Hall Puts on a Serious Performance | BET Awards 2019

    Comedian and actress Regina Hall wowed viewers as host of the BET Awards 2019 with a hilarious performance of “Do You Know What Time It Is?” “Da Butt” and “Run Joe!” alongside Sugar Bear

  • Mo’Nique delivers stadium-worthy performance | BET Awards 2004

    As host of the BET Awards 2004, Academy Award-winning Mo’Nique incorporated music and dance into her opening act, energizing the crowd and setting the stage for the many memorable musical performances that would follow. 

    The event marked the actress’s second time hosting the annual event. She would later return to duties once again in 2007. 

  • Jamie Foxx Cures Audience with Laughter | BET Awards 2009

    Jamie Foxx brought his trademark charm and humor to the stage as the host of the BET Awards  2009. His opening performance was a medley of songs that showcased his singing and comedic talents, including impersonations of artists like the late Michael Jackson and Prince.

  • Kevin Hart Steps Into Hosting Duties | BET Awards 2011

    Comedian and actor Kevin Hart kicked off the BET Awards 2011 with a high-energy stepping performance that had the audience cheering and laughing from start to finish. 

  • Chris Rock Brings the Funny | BET Awards 2011

    Chris Rock hosted the BET Awards 2014 and started the show with a hilarious and energetic opening monologue. His sharp wit and comedic timing kept the audience engaged as he boldly joked about current events, pop culture, and the music industry.

    Tune in to the BET Awards 2024 on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

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