The Empire actress will serve as the ceremony's emcee for the second consecutive year at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. "I am honored to return as the host of the BET Awards and share the stage with so many powerful and prolific artists; you can even say it is the 'empire' of Black excellence. I can't wait to celebrate Black music, entertainment, and culture with our viewers on what will be one unforgettable night." Taraji P. Henson via statement. The Oscar-nominated actress is the fourth host or hosting team to front the show for two years in a row.