BET loves Atlanta and the feeling is mutual.
The network is bringing it sixth annual BET Hip Hop Awards back for a sixth year this fall. The show has been taped the past four years at the Atlanta Civic Center and is set to be return the first Saturday of October. It’s always sold out and though it’s taped in advance, it runs very close to real time for attendees. The security is also incredibly tight. There seem to be almost as many guards as attendees.
The Soul Train Awards, which airs on both Centric and BET, will return a few weeks later. It was produced at the Georgia World Congress Center in 2009 and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre last year. Also taped in advance, this is a more mellow affair. It also seems to take longer to tape. Where will the show tape this year? Cobb Energy said it won’t be there. The most logical home? Fox Theatre, where the Dove Awards was held this spring.
In both cases, winning is besides the point. (This isn’t the Grammys.) It’s more about the performances.
BET also produces “BET’s Sunday Best,” “The Game, “Let’s Stay Together,” “Toya: A Family Affair” and “The Mo’Nique Show” in Atlanta.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog