BET Awards 2024: Taraji P. Henson Proved She Can Rap, Talk Politics & Get The Crowd Going

From hilarious spoofs to talks about the upcoming election, the BET Awards had it all.

Host extraordinaire Taraji P. Henson captivated audiences as the host of the BET Awards 2024, kicking off her duties with a humorous spoof of Kendrick Lamar's hit "Not Like Us." 

Throughout the evening, amid over half a dozen wardrobe changes, the Golden Globe-winning star urged guests to educate themselves on “Project 2025,” a conservative initiative known as the Presidential Transition Project. Assembled by the Heritage Foundation in 2022, this project outlines policy proposals, and potential administration picks for a future Republican presidency, particularly if Donald J. Trump is re-elected. Henson emphasized the importance of understanding these proposals and voting in the upcoming elections. 

Despite the serious message, the actress ensured the night was packed with hilarious moments, promoting love and unity during culture's biggest celebration. 

Get familiar with our veteran hostess and see why she’s our favorite around the way girl. 

  • She found breakthrough success in this John Singleton movie

    Henson first caught the public's eye with her breakout role as Yvette in the 2001 film Baby Boy, directed by the late John Singleton. Her raw and emotional performance showcased her immense talent and set the stage for her illustrious career. 

  • She earned her first Academy Award nomination a decade into her career

    The actress received critical acclaim and her first Academy Award nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role as Queenie in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Her portrayal of a compassionate caregiver to Brad Pitt's character earned the actress a place among Hollywood's elite. 

  • Outside of acting, the Hollywood star is an author and advocate

    In addition to her acting career, the Proud Mary star is a published author. Her memoir, Around the Way Girl, provides an intimate look at her journey from humble beginnings to Hollywood stardom. 

    The actress is also an advocate for mental health. Named after her late father, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation focuses on combating the stigma around mental illness in the Black community.

  • She’s also a talented singer

    Henson is not just a talented actress but also has musical chops. She showcased her singing abilities in the film Hustle & Flow, where she performed the Academy Award-winning song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" alongside Terrence Howard.

  • The road to stardom had its fair share of obstacles

    The  Acrimony star’s path to stardom wasn't easy. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in theater arts while working multiple jobs to support herself and her son. Her determination and hard work paid off, leading to her successful career.

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