LeBron James, 35, of the Los Angeles Lakers was one of the winners at the 20th Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards on June 28, 2020. The Sportsman of the Year award was given to the professional basketball player who has been competing in the National Basketball Association since 2003.
Aside from James, three more NBA players were nominated in the category namely Giannis Antetokounmpo, 25, of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kawhi Leonard, 28, of the Los Angeles Clippers and Stephen Curry, 32, of the Golden State Warriors. Also nominated were National Football League player Odell Beckham Jr., 27, of the Cleveland Browns and Patrick Mahomes, 24, of the Kansas City Thiefs.
The 2020 BET Awards marked the 40th anniversary of the network owned by the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks unit of ViacomCBS. It was a virtual event hosted by “The Real” co-host Amanda Seales, 38.
“Now, I must admit this BET Awards is a little different,” Seales said in her monologue. “The main thing is it’s virtual. We’re getting real in touch with being real inside because outside is on one. It’s got COVID and cops and Karens gone wild.”
Before Seales’ monologue, the 2020 BET Awards opened with the “Fight the Power” performance of Keedron Bryant, 12. The other songs performed during the event were “Perfect Way to Die” by Alicia Keys, “Forgive Me” and “Do It” by Chloe x Halle, “Never Break” by John Legend, “Kobe Bryant” by Lil Wayne, “Girls in the Hood” and “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion, “High Fashion” and “The Box” by Roddy Ricch and “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby and Ricch.
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