The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The awards are presented annually, and they are broadcast live on BET. BET commissioned Artist/Sculptor and Hip Hop culture icon Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez to design the Award sculpture. Global promotion is provided by Mac & Diva Entertainment. TV ratings (in millions): The inaugural ceremonies in 2001 were held at the Paris resort on the Las Vegas Strip. From 2002 to 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the ceremonies. From 2006 to 2012, the awards have been held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. BET Networks Executive Vice President of Specials Stephen Hill confirmed that BET Awards will move to the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in 2013.
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