Queen Latifah, who is arguably one of hip-hop’s hottest most treasured MCs, is officially being honored at the 2021 BET Awards. The Queen will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and will be recognized for contributions to Black music and pop culture.
This year’s BET Awards show, which is themed Year of the Black Woman, is hosted by actress Taraji P. Henson. Queen Latifah, who debuted as a rapper in 1989 with All Hail the Queen, continues to bolster her career in entertainment, currently serving as a lead character in CBS’s hit crime drama The Equalizer. Queen Latifah has had a multi-hyphenate career for decades and was never run to shy away from the cameras. In the ’90s she landed a role in Living Single and in 2002, she earned the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award at the 2002 Oscars for her role in Chicago.
Musically, she has sold over two million records across her seven studio albums. All across the industry and globally, Latifah’s songs like “U.N.I.T.Y.” resonate throughout generations while also emphasizing the artist’s magnetic pull as an MC. HotNewHipHop points out that she was also amongst some of the first Black entertainers to prove that their entertainment abilities could span across genres.
Throughout her career, Queen Latifah has shown she is a powerhouse in different mediums winning accolades upon accolades. The MC won a Grammy for “U.N.I.T.Y.,” an Emmy for her HBO film Bessie, a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe for Life Support and even received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Fans can watch Queen Latifah accept her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 BET Awards on June 27.
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