January 9, 2018

Comedian and Actor Michael Blackson to Host "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS"

BET Announces Categories & Nominees Including Cardi B, OffSet, Jess Hilarious, Lil Uzi Vert, Duckie Thot, Tami Roman, Salt Bae and the ‘Roll Safe' Meme for Its First Round of Voting by Viewers

Executive Produced by Mike Epps "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS" Will Premiere Live Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10 P.M./7 P.M. ET/PT


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, BET Networks announced the nominees and host of "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS." Comedian and actor Michael Blackson will host this first-of-its-kind awards show that celebrates the very best (and worst) in social media over the past year. Executive produced by Mike Epps, the social media extravaganza will be filmed LIVE on Sunday, February 11 at 10 PM ET/ 7PM PT in Atlanta. From favorite celebrity follows, to the biggest memes, hashtags and trends of the year, this one-hour event will cover all of the most memorable and talked about social media moments that flooded 2017 timelines.

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Comedian and Actor Michael Blackson to Host "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS" Premiering Live Sunday, February ...

Comedian and Actor Michael Blackson to Host "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS" Premiering Live Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10 P.M./7 P.M. ET/PT on BET

Blackson also known as "The African King of Comedy" has been entertaining audiences all across the country and around the globe for more than a decade. From his gut-busting stand-up comedy on BET's Comic View to the scene-stealing performance in the Ice Cube film Next Friday, Blackson continues to bring the LOLs to fans on his social platforms with his one-of-a-kind comedy sketches and humor.

Cardi B, OffSet, Jess Hilarious, Lil Uzi Vert, Duckie Thot, Tami Roman, Tyrese, Salt Bae, the ‘roll safe' meme are just a few of the nominees up for an award. Who will trend to the top? The power is in the viewer's hands! Go to BET.COM/SOCIAL to select the five (5) nominees that should make it to the final round for consideration and potentially taking the title in categories such as "Clapback," "Social Hustle" and more! First round of voting closes Sunday, January 21 at 6 PM EST. The second round of voting featuring the top (5) nominees chosen in the online voting categories opens on Tuesday, January 23 at Noon EST.

The categories for round one of "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS" online voting are:

Gone are the days of record sales reigning supreme! To be the most influential social artist, you need streams, likes and views — these bubbling artists nabbed all 3. Now the question is, who's wavy enough to take the crown?

  • Lil Pump
  • Lil Yachty
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • H.E.R
  • 21 Savage
  • Kashdoll
  • 6lack
  • Post Malone
  • G Eazy
  • Logic

#BookedAndBusy! These influencers are the definition of "no days off." From sliding onto our timeline and into our hearts, all while securing the bag, that's a true hustler mentality. Vote now for your favorite!

  • CallHimRenny
  • FatBoySSE
  • Kendallkyndall
  • Jess Hilarious
  • WatchJazzy
  • J Mulan
  • Duckie Thot
  • King Keraun
  • DC Young Fly
  • DJ Akademiks

Social media is the new frontier of comedy and these nominees always keep us laughing 24/7. From their hilarious posts to their ability to pick us up when we're down, these nominees take the cake for best social media comedians. Who served up the best kiki?

  • Blame It On Kway
  • Reggie Couz
  • Jess Hilarious
  • YesI'mPrettyVee
  • HaHa Davis
  • King Bach
  • LaLaSizaHands89
  • Tami Roman
  • Mr_HotSpot
  • 2realmacdatfee

If you troll, they're trolling back! Internet beef is nothing new, but when these nominees let loose, the whole world notices. From clever reads to snatching edges, these nominees are known to put people back in their place. Whose clapback game was the strongest?

  • Christy Teigen
  • Remy Ma
  • Maxine Waters
  • Angela Rye
  • Sharon Reed
  • Amanda Seales
  • Jess Hillarious
  • Erykah Badu
  • Michael Rapaport
  • Rihanna

Pop in your headphones, you're in for a treat. These podcasts are the voice of the people, and we want to know which one is your favorite!

  • The Drink Champs
  • The Bodega Boys
  • Rap Radar with Elliott Wilson
  • The Read
  • Two Dope Queens
  • Joe Budden
  • Pod Save The People
  • The Brilliant Idiots
  • Another Round
  • On One With Angela Rye

Let's celebrate the memes and gifs that came out of nowhere, took over our timelines and showcased clever moods, shade and subs we didn't even know we needed.

  • Roll Safe
  • Salt Bae
  • Meryl Streep Singing
  • Diddy Met Gala
  • Issa Rae "I'm Rooting For Everybody Black"
  • Real House Wives Of Atlanta "Who said that"
  • Michael Jordan Crying

These power couples epitomize #relationshipgoals and we're here for it! Rep your favorite couple and vote below!

  • Gucci & Keyshia Kaoir
  • Teyana & Iman
  • Beyonce & Jay Z
  • Cardi B & OffSet
  • Remy Ma & Papoose
  • Russell Wilson & Ciara

Produced by BET Networks, "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS" is executive produced by Mike Epps, Kyra Robinson and Eric Conte.

To apply for media credentials to cover the "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS" please email mediacredentials@bet.net.

For updates and more information about "THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS", please visit BET.COM/SOCIAL. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSocialAwards.


BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA)(NASDAQ:VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, France and South Korea. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.

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