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Bet Icon Award for Tyler Perry

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Perry will be honoured for his cultural impact in entertainment. Picture: Tyler Perry, Twitter.

The BET Networks have today today 11 June 2019 announced that Tyler Perry will be honoured with the Ultimate Icon Award at the 19th annual Bet Awards.

Perry will be presented with the Ultimate Icon Award for his continued cultural impact in entertainment. The 2019 awards will air live on Sunday, June 23 at 8pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET.

Perry who is world-renowned as producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, and author, built his entertainment empire up from meager beginnings.

Inspired by a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey, Perry began his career by simply putting his thoughts and life experiences to paper, creating the foundation of his acclaimed catalogue of plays, films, television series, and award-winning novels.

Taking his iconic character Madea from stage to screen, Perry introduced the world to a “God-fearing, gun-toting, loud-mouthed grandmother,” in 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” He’s since gone on to create numerous successful feature films and scripted series like “House of Payne” and “The Haves and The Have Nots” that bring messages of spiritual hope and down-home humor into homes across the country.

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In 2006, Perry opened a 200,000 square foot studio in Atlanta which during its operation, was home to over 15 films and 800 episodes of Perry’s five television series.

In 2015, he expanded and opened a state-of-the-art film and television studio on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base. 

The new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country boasting 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 11 purpose-build sound stages, 200 acres of green space and an expansive backlot. 

His unique brand of inspirational entertainment has authentically spoken to and impacted black culture and helped shape the future of black entertainment.

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The first group of performers for the 19th annual Bet Awards include Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, Yung Miami of City Girls, Lucky Daye and Kiana Ledé. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson, Lena Waithe, Morris Chestnut, Yara Shahidi, and Marsai Martin were also announced as presenters.