On the comedy side, HBO’s Insecure also netted eight nods, while creator and star Issa Rae by herself amassed four (including two for writing and one as an Entertainer of the Year contender). Only Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z earned more individual noms, with five each.
Fox’s Empire and ABC’s black-ish each netted six nominations.
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The NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television,
“It really sets the template for the season,” showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells Variety about the anniversary celebration that will open the premiere. “In this episode, it serves as the framework for telling the story of where Lucious is and what it means to everyone.”
Chaiken says the premiere will also see a break in format, in order to better tell this story. The episode “book-ends” the story by starting the action at
The team behind the hip-hop drama revealed Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the fourth episode of season four will be a homage to the pop star, who died in 2016.
The tribute is timed to the birthday party for Hakeem's young daughter, Bella, that features everything from a Prince cake to a special performance of the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" by Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett).
"It's completely Prince-themed," exec producer and the episode's director Sanaa Hamri told reporters after the Empire panel. "In a...
“When we start to focus too much on guest stars we lose who it is that the fans want to watch,” Daniels says, noting he pays attention to what the audience of the show is saying about the show. “They’re obsessed with the Lyons. They’re obsessed with family. They’re obsessed with the story of Lucious and Cookie
Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones will take the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night to host the star-studded telecast, featuring performances by Bruno Mars, Chris Brown and Big Sean. But even before the festivities get underway, a few awards have already been doled out.
Chance the Rapper has been selected to receive the Humanitarian Award, while New Edition will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Who else is will be taking home some new hardware on Sunday? Tune in to the Bet Awards at 8 p.m. Et/Pt to find out.
Et is updating the official winners list, below, as they're announced. (Winners in bold.)
Photos: Bet Awards 2017 Red Carpet Arrivals
Chance the Rapper
Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Hosted by Drake, Et can exclusively reveal that presenters will include Chadwick Boseman, Monica Brown, Nick Cannon, Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Grant Hill, Dirk Nowitzki, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jussie Smollett, John Wall and Jesse Williams. More celebrities attending the show are Chris Tucker, Baron Davis, Hill Harper, Reggie Miller, Von Miller, Isiah Thomas and Donnie Wahlberg.
Model Damaris Lewis
“Empire” is no stranger to saying goodbye to major characters, and the Fox show did it again, killing off the main antagonist of Season 3: Tariq (Morocco Omari), who was stabbed in the neck by none other than Lucious’ mother, Leah Walker (Leslie Uggams.)
Earlier in the episode, Lucious (Terrence Howard) and his half-brother Tariq had finally made up, after a long history of hating each other. Lucious enlisted Tariq’s help to find his granddaughter, Hakeem’s (Bryshere Gray) baby girl, Bella, and Tariq was successful in finding her — with the Dubois family, a.k.a. Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) former flame, Angelo (Taye Diggs), and his nutso mother, Diana (Phylicia Rashad).
Moments before Wednesday’s episode ended, Tariq sat down with Lucious to tell him that he found Bella, who
When she was introduced as Jamal's (Jussie Smollett) newest and closest rehab confidante, both Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) quickly began discussing the heroin-induced meltdown that led to her stripping naked at Fenway Park before she was later found in a coma in a seedy motel.
"She was a big star, brilliant too," said Cookie. "But that heroin knocked her ass right out of the sky."
It's a story that is unfortunately rings all too familiar...
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