BET Media Group, a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARAA; PARA; PARAP), held the 2023 “BET Her Awards,” honoring the brilliance and beauty of Black women who are moving the community forward at the Thompson Hotel in Atlanta. Sponsored by Walmart, the star studded event shined a spotlight on the impact of Black women through the pillars of Black Love, Black Joy, Black Pride, and Black Power.
Famed media personality Bevy Smith brought the laughs as mistress of ceremonies for the occasion that gathered some of the most celebrated and transformative women across industries. This year’s honorees were recognized for their contribution to uplifting women to dream, inspire, create, and overcome.
First up, LOVE Award honoree Kandi Burruss was visibly moved while delivering a touching speech on the impact her friends, family and home city of Atlanta have contributed to her drive for uplifting women and particularly the Black community throughout her decades long career in entertainment. Next up, the JOY Award presented by My Black is Beautiful honoree Kym Whitley thanked the crowd for “seeing her” in an industry where she often feels overlooked, but continues to persevere on her mission of sharing joy with others through her work. PRIDE Award presented by Discover honoree Sam Jay shared the importance of receiving this award as a beacon to showcase that Black womanhood comes in all forms and should be celebrated as such.
Gospel superstar Tamela Mann tore the house down with a rousing rendition of her latest hit single, “He Did It for Me” bringing the crowd to its feet! RISING STAR Award presented by American Express honoree Marsai Martin told the crowd a heartwarming story about being the youngest executive producer in Hollywood and her mission to develop a career that also uplifts while creating opportunities for others. POWER Award honoree Thasunda Brown Duckett shared her journey to becoming a Fortune 100 CEO – currently only one of two Black women to occupy that position – and her mission to make financial literacy the norm in our community.
LEGEND Award honoree MC Lyte MC Lyte closed the night with a set to blaze the stage with unforgettable performances of her classic hits including “Ruffneck,” “Cold Rock A Party” “Self Destruction,” “I Wanna Be Down (remix)” and more.
Innovative programming like the “BET Her Awards” furthers BET Media Group’s commitment to supporting the creation, distribution, marketing, and promotion of content aimed at ending systemic racism in America and highlighting issues central to the continued advancement of the Black community. In addition to honoring esteemed guests, BET Media Group has also strategically partnered with Black women-owned businesses to produce the evening, furthering its commitment to reinvest in the Black community.