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BET AwardBet Awards - The Black Entertainment Television (BET) annual awards ceremony salutes African Americans and other minorities in the fields of music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment. Established in 2001, the award is telecast live on the BET network.  It presents awards for Best Male & Female Artist (as well as many others) in the categories of Hip-Hop and R&B over the past year. In 2007, the BET introduces categories dedicated to reggae and Caribbean music.

The 2006 BET Awards were held on June 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (previously held at Hollywood's Kodak Theater). It is television's most-watched awards program among African-American viewers and as of 2006, the highest rated telecast in the BET networks history.

"This award doesn't just touch vanity. It is a validation of what I stand for, what Paul Robeson stood for. It's a validation of what W.E.B. Dubois stood for, what Malcolm X and Dr. King stood for."

  -- Harry Belafonte accepting the 2006 BET Humanitarian Award

Janet Jackson who played Penny on the 1970s black sitcom GOOD TIMES, reunited with her former cast members Jimmy Walker (J.J.), BernNadette Stanis (Thelma) and Ralph Carter (Michael) to present the 2006 award for best female hip-hop artist to Missy Elliott.

BET Award winners were decided by a panel of executives from entertainment companies, record labels and the media, except the Viewers' Choice award, which fans voted for online.

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