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Sixth annual BET Hip Hop Awards & Soul Train Awards will return to Atlanta

Nicki Miraj accepts the award for Rookie of the Year during the BET Hip Hop Awards Saturday Oct. 2, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Nicki Minaj accepts the award for Rookie of the Year during the BET Hip Hop Awards Saturday Oct. 2, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

106 comments Add your comment

larry

July 5th, 2011
6:39 am

What part of Atlanta likes these awards ? It’s not fair for the writer to generalize that Atlanta wants these awards.People who live on Valley Rd….West Paces Ferry Rd…Mt Paran Rd…do not tune in to watch these clowns.
The audience entertained would mostly be in SW Atl,Dekalb County,and housing projects.
Get real,and stop trashing all of Atlanta !

Scarlett Butler

July 5th, 2011
6:48 am

Why fiddle-lee-dee Larry. I live on Mt. Paran Road in a glorious estate. I happen to enjoy the awards and appreciate the business dollars they bring to my beloved city. I hope they return every year. I always look towards the future. Because, after all, tomorrow is another day.
Get real and stop burning down Atlanta, Larry!

Wildgator

July 5th, 2011
6:49 am

Good morning Larry,

Seems as if you haven’t had your coffee this morning. Calm down, its alright. I guess you would have been happy if he would have said “Metro Atlanta”!

JB

July 5th, 2011
6:54 am

Larry, get a life. There are plenty of educated and or wealthy people who like R&B and rap music. I dind’t know that if you were wealthy and live in an upscale neighborhood that you couldn’t tune into the BET awards. I guess you don’t have the porn channel either. Get a life and stop showing your ignorance and lack of education. This is 2011 not 1911. Be Blessed!!!

Kerri and Claire

July 5th, 2011
6:55 am

Larry please do not say that comment in public. Does it matter what neighborhood you live in to enjoy good music. I could live in SW At, Dekalb County, or even in the housing projects and like Country music or the Oper!!!! What a trailor park trash thngs to say LOL.

Tanya

July 5th, 2011
6:57 am

Do you even know what your talking about,Larry? Did you take a survey of these neighborhoods? If you did you would know that there are people who watch both awards. Your trashing Atlanta with all that negative talk. Both awards produces money for Atlanta business which some of those business ppl live on Valley…West Paces….Mt. Paran Rd…

Archangel

July 5th, 2011
7:05 am

Larry the grouch,

A lot of these rappers live in Buckhead, the areas you mentioned. How about not generalizing Buckhead!!

Laschea

July 5th, 2011
7:09 am

I really think that the BET Awards needs to be revamped. Based on what i’ve half seen in the past few years this has definitely not been a good representation. Oh don’t get me wrong, I love the music but I do not care to see anyone walking around a stage with their underwear showing, that’s why they are called underwear because they go under your clothes. BET, needs to really get it together.

Miss Melanie

July 5th, 2011
7:14 am

Larry, you sir… are no gentleman.
Hmmmph.

truthpaste

July 5th, 2011
7:19 am

Hey Larry,
Check your daughter’s iTunes account and then come tell us who doesn’t want the award show in ATL

New Millenium kinda guy

July 5th, 2011
7:33 am

Larry, Larry, Larry…here in the 21st Century we have evolved to produce music for all races not those who seem to be stuck in the 30s,40s,50s and 60s. We welcome your opinion but not you narrow vision. Come, join us and enjoy. You might just be surprised at the leaps and bounds we’ve made as a race…The Human Race.

Warren

July 5th, 2011
7:33 am

I could care less about having these productions in Atlanta. It’s a major inconvenance for people living in the vincinal communities. Road blocks, increased foot traffic, non-APD security check-points to gain access to workplaces. My opinion, get lost BET you’re not welcome in Midtown.

Ken

July 5th, 2011
7:38 am

Larry and Warren maybe you guys should move to the same neighborhood!! LOL!!

NikkiFree

July 5th, 2011
7:41 am

Warren,
What makes the BET awards and Soul Train awards any more of an issue than all the other events that are a “major inconvenience for people living in the vicinal communities”? There are multiple events that go on all of the time in midtown. If you signed up to live in midtown then you signed up for all of the congestion that goes with it.

Suck it up or move.

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

July 5th, 2011
7:48 am

Dear Mr Larry,

I wish you and the Atlanta media stop trying to purposely destroy the great county of Dekalb Co. I have plenty of white friends who think I stay in the “hood” until they see my neighborhood. Then they’ll always say. ” hey man you don’t stay in the hood you house is bigger then mine. ” Then i’ll reply ” I never said I did, you just assumed I did because I stay in Dekalb Co. Don’t believe everything you see on t.v. or the newspaper my friend.

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

July 5th, 2011
7:56 am

Warren,
I bet you won’t have a problem if they had a gay pride parade or some type of film festival going on in midtown. So why are you complaining because BET and Soul Train wants to provide and economic boost to the city? I don’t even watch BET, but don’t mind them coming to calibrate urban music. Like one of the comments said………. ” If you don’t like it, then move. ” Go back to FAR North, South, East, or West Ga. Or even back to your home States. The 2 complaining are probably transplants anyway.

upscale guy

July 5th, 2011
8:23 am

this larry person must not get out much…

Tonya

July 5th, 2011
8:33 am

When did Midtown become upscale… I known lots of homeless people live there too. check out your surroundings – Warren… and get for real with yourself.

Jerome

July 5th, 2011
8:33 am

Warren, OK you live in a city that hosted the Olympics, Super Bowls, Final Fours, All-star games, etc, and numerous conventions which definately was a “major inconvenience for people living in the vicinal communities” You should be proud of the inconvience and the attention “the ATL” gets. There are nice cities like Tulsa, OK, Omaha, NE, and Cedar Rapids, IA that would LOVE this type of activity. and Larry…….you probablly live in the hood and wish you could afford to live on Mt. Paran. Valley Rd, or Paces Ferry….sounds like a hater to me.

Ignorance Is Bliss

July 5th, 2011
8:33 am

Larry, you sound as ignorant as you look spelling your name with a lower case “l.” Like Fred Sanford would say: “You big dummy!”

Tonya

July 5th, 2011
8:42 am

Larry have your heard the real facts – check out the new census stats about minorities 2 years and under…. guess what! They are African Americans born at a higher rate than the majority and along with that it proves that our culture and MUSIC style is here and will make an impact on the economy. Black Music is here to stay.which help America gets thru it depression in which Larry it seems that you are going through. Listen to some Black Music – it will make you feel better.. God Bless.

Jazzy

July 5th, 2011
8:43 am

to Larry and Warren
What planet are you from. There are people from those areas at the hip hop concerts then people from SW Atlanta. Dekalb. Are you sterotyping people aleaddy and you dont even know them. There are more from Midtwon moving into the city beacuse of the communte. they are not in cobb anymore. And if you really want to to talk about people in Mt Paran, Valley rd and Paces Ferry. LEARN TO ACROSS THE STREET and STAY OUT THE WATER and Drowning.

Eddie

July 5th, 2011
8:48 am

Hello Larry,
I want to say that I am an African-American, and while I may have some issue with the way the BET awards and Soul Train Awards are represented. I do, however appreciate the talent that will be on display, please cater your lack of intelligence to something that you may have knowledge of, I sincerely wish that Atlanta could attract other awards show and other entertainment events, that will showcase the beauty of SW Atlanta, and Dekalb County. You must remember that Avondale Estate in is Dekalb County, and the Cascade’s and affluent neighborhood in SW Atlanta…May I remind you that is no too far from the Vinings and Mt. Paran.

Neon

July 5th, 2011
8:51 am

At Larry,

As for Project Housing, the city of Atlanta has demolished them all. So now “those people” live on Valley Road,Mt. Paran, and Paces Ferry Road. “those people” now live… where you live!!!!

Chance

July 5th, 2011
8:53 am

Funny fella, because myself along with several other actors, entertainers, athletes, producers and businessmen and women live in those same areas you claim no one watches the show in. Open your eyes young man, we have envolved from the 1960’s mindset of america. BET may stand for Black Entertainment Television, but I gurantee you and am willing to bet my most productive stock, that Afican Americans are out numbered in viewing numbers. And yes we do own stocks!!!!

mike

July 5th, 2011
8:53 am

Funny how Larry chooses to state his comments on a blog instead of in person. I’ve never understood why racists never take their concerns to the people they hate…why is that? I’d be more than happy to tell you what i think of you in your face, and would dare you to say anything afterwards. Go back to midtown or swinging richards..lol!

BG

July 5th, 2011
9:06 am

When are white people going to get WET?

sp

July 5th, 2011
9:10 am

shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

larry

July 5th, 2011
9:15 am

Country / Western – all day – every day.

Hip-hop = crap-crap

Check your facts

July 5th, 2011
9:19 am

Rodney Ho, Plese check your facts sir. The show was produced/taped at the Cobb Energy Centre last year…NOT the Fox Theatre. Keep that typical media hype alive… jornalists love publishing things they think they have knowledge of!

Mass

July 5th, 2011
9:20 am

At least Larry has the courage to take the sheet off his head…We recognize you without it…Now go sit down somewhere because you are a non factor in all of this. P.S. – my house is bigger than yours too…

Turbo65

July 5th, 2011
9:21 am

@Ignorance Is Bliss..I agree with you 100% that larry guy (oops I did it again) really down-graded his self with the lower casing of his name.That Bama is beyond being a dummy already.

dame

July 5th, 2011
9:21 am

Glad BET HIP HOP awards is back… I welcome the excitement, energy and revenue generated by these events.
Larry is ignorant lets stops giving him attention..
Warren hmm r u complaining about Fire Works on the 4th, Fox theater events, Civic Center, Phillips Arena… this is why people live in town for the events and social activities…MOVE
Laschea true improvement can be done but this is culture event not confused with racial..young kids and adults all races just a fad… I don;t like it either but no need to complain..but spread your complaints evenly suck as Lady Gaga… or Rihanna.. with the presentations…

WHY??????

July 5th, 2011
9:21 am

Why respond or entertain these idiots’ comment?? Larry and Warren sound like they make a cute couple….

voice of reason

July 5th, 2011
9:22 am

And when I suggest that everyone do a spelling and grammar check, I’m referring to the AJC as well. In the caption to the photo above, there’s “Nikki Miraj” accepting her award! Really?

3rd

July 5th, 2011
9:22 am

I just love this city you read a story like this and the 1st person to respond is Larry I swear I had to read every post after his I just knew somebody was going to make a reference to Larry’s friends MO and Curly. What a stooge to assume that nobody in these area of town would like BET…I live in a very mixed neighborhood and as a black man I love me some Larry the cable guy. I also don’t mind catching me some Country music awards shows either. Larry open up something other than a can of beer..

voice of reason

July 5th, 2011
9:26 am

Larry was obviously a plant to stimulate discussion about a topic that, on its face, really doesn’t bear a great deal of attention. Atlanta is a great city to do business in. Period. Regardless of the market any business is trying to reach, Atlanta provides a fantastic pool of eyes/ears/minds/wallets.

voice of reason

July 5th, 2011
9:27 am

…continued…

Congratulations to the city once again for being an attractive locale in which to produce entertainment. While the content of the BET or Soul Train Awards is not my thing [and I am Black, before people start fuming], business is business, and this is just another example of Atlanta being a commerce-friendly city. This is a business footnote, not a treatise on the state of Atlanta culture, class and race.

…continued…

kenlev

July 5th, 2011
9:28 am

Correction Rodney!!! The 2010 Soul Train Awards was filmed at the Cobb Energy Center not the Fox. I was at the event.

Not Listening to Larry and Warren

July 5th, 2011
9:29 am

Well, Larry really opened a can of worms this morning. I personally believe he lives no where near those roads where he assumes successful and well off people live. I bet they have some of the same issues we have here in SE Dekalb. We have job loss, foreclosures and people living above their means. I bet Larry is one of those. LOL… I love living around my own kind. I love being black and I love living around other black people. They are my people and they treat me like I am human. We live in what was once a premier community. The toll of the Bush years have reeked havoc on our neighborhood.
Larry and Warren leave a lot to be desired in the overall scheme of living with our fellow man. Either way. I am happy over here with my own kind and I am highly educated. I have two masters degrees and I am in the process of completing my doctorate. When all is said and done, I will remain where I live now and watch the BET wards as enjoy them with my own kind.

Ditto

July 5th, 2011
9:31 am

Well I must say after reading Larry’s comment, I just KNEW, the rest to follow would be the same.
I am very pleasantly surprised, and happy that wasnt the case.

taylor

July 5th, 2011
9:33 am

Larry is probably black and could not get into one of the coveted events and is making this up as revenge to make his insecure self feel better. Just ignore the insecure dude.

Tiffani

July 5th, 2011
9:48 am

I read this story because I found it intriguing that more businesses, conventions and star-studded events are adding to the landscape of Atlanta. As an entrepreneur, I am interested in how to capitalize on these activities. I was not prepared to reading the blatantly ignorant and racist remarks of some of the commenters. I live in SW Atlanta. I have great neighbors with college degrees, good jobs and who contribute to the tax base in Atlanta as well as anyone else. I hardly, if ever watch BET, but I would be willing to bet you that people above I20 tune in more than you might think. Contact Nielson before you spew your lack of knowledge openly. God help Atlanta!

Jacob

July 5th, 2011
9:50 am

No matter if you’re an urban music fan or not, the awards will generate revenue for the city — that’s money. And I don’t know if we can count too many cities in the US right now — Atlanta included — that can afford to NOT welcome more money.

Cynthia Who?

July 5th, 2011
9:52 am

Who Cares????

steady

July 5th, 2011
9:54 am

Larry and Warren would be happy if it was the Gay pride march coming to Atl, even if they were inconvenience they would still be happy. They need to go get a life..

Larry must be right

July 5th, 2011
9:59 am

Apparently the truth hurts. Larry has sparked a wave of responses that can only be explained by saying “If the shoe fits, wear it”!!

jay

July 5th, 2011
10:06 am

There are way too many awards shows;
Soul Train Music Awards
BET Awards
BET Hip Hop Awards

And the same people are winning the awards.

JEWELL ROLLEN

July 5th, 2011
10:06 am

LARRY, I GUESS BEING FIRST TODAY WAS NOT A GOOD THING! LOL

jay

July 5th, 2011
10:09 am

No matter if you’re an urban music fan or not, the awards will generate revenue for the city — that’s money. And I don’t know if we can count too many cities in the US right now — Atlanta included — that can afford to NOT welcome more money

These shows dont generate money for the city. It’s not as if its a week long event. Last year there was alot of B-list celebrities…It’s not as if Jay Z, Beyonce or Lady Gaga will be in town.