Amanda Seales Says The 2020 BET Awards Will Be “Escapism Without Avoidance”

During her visit to The Rundown, 2020 BET Awards host Amanda Seales exclusively told Erin Lim what fans can expect from this year's show, noting the tone will be "escapism without avoidance."

By emily belfiore Jun 26, 2020 6:45 PMTags
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Amanda Seales is ready to host the 2020 BET Awards.

During an interview with Erin Lim for E!'s The Rundown, the comedian promised that this year's show, which takes place on Sunday, June 28, will be an unforgettable night and a "good time" for viewers.

"What you can expect from the show this year is innovation," Seales told Lim exclusively. "You can expect the same level of celebration of Black music and Black artistry. You can expect nuance and an awareness of what's going on in the world. But really it's about escapism without avoidance." 

The Real co-host also noted that the show will address the Black Lives Matter movement "throughout" the broadcast.

"We would be a ridiculous Black show if we did not honor the Black Lives Matter movement, and if we didn't honor it several times throughout," she continued. "If I'm hosting it, it's going to be Black everything."

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In addition to honoring the movement and celebrating the year's achievements in entertainment and sports, Seales shared that she's eager to see how this year's performers approach their virtual acts.

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"I'm really just most excited to see these interpretations that these performers are gonna be doing because, typically, they're on a stage and there's limitations of being on a stage," the Insecure star explained. "Now, the world is their stage. They're given a budget and now they're able to just do what they want to do."

She continued, "And so, when you have folks from Roddy Ricch to John Legend to Megan Thee Stallion to Chloe x Halle, you know, J.Hud is doing a tribute to Aretha [Franklin]; we got Lil Wayne. We got Wayne Brady, like, it's such a variance of individuals. I'm so curious to see what they do when they get the opportunity to do what they want." 

The 2020 BET Awards will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET on BET and CBS. See the complete list of nominees here.