Academy Award-nominated actress, rapper, and talk show host Queen Latifah will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s B.E.T. Awards.
The 51-year-old is the third-youngest solo entertainer to receive the honor to date. In 2001, legendary singer Whitney Houston received the award at the first annual B.E.T. Awards at age 37. Mary J. Blige became the second-youngest recipient, receiving the award at age 48 in 2019.
Latifah’s Lifetime Achievement honor is long overdue. Her role in the classic 90’s Black sitcom “Living Single” elevated her from a hard-hitting rapper into the world of acting. However, it was her stellar performance in 1996’s blockbuster hit “Set It Off” alongside Jada Pinkett-Smith, Vivica A. Foxx, and Kimberly Elise that solidified her position in Hollywood forever.
Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Elaine Owens, also gave us timeless hip-hop hits such as 1989’s “Wrath of My Madness” and 1993’s “U.N.I.T.Y.” Occasionally, the Queen will come out of rap retirement and bless us with a few bars as she did during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.
Elsewhere in Latifah’s illustrious 30+ year career, she is gearing up to make her way to the Netflix platform for the upcoming thriller, “End of the Road,” which also stars Ludacris.
The 2021 B.E.T. Awards will air on Sunday, June 27th at 8:00 PM, with actress Taraji P. Henson as this year’s host. The theme for the ceremony is “Year Of The Black Woman,” as the award show returns to in-person operations following last year’s virtual show due to COVID-19.