Michael Blackson to Host First Ever ‘BET Social Awards’ Angela Wilson January 10, 2018 Digital, Events, Hip Hop Entertainment | Hip Hop TV, Film and Video Games Awards season is in full effect and BET has added another event to the celebrity-crazed season. Om January 9, BET announced the “Social Awards,” the first of it’s kind, hosted by comedian and actor Michael Blackson. The event will celebrate the very best- and worst, in social media over the past year. The event, executive produced by Mike Epps (Friday After Next, All About the Benjamin’s,) will highlight your favorite celebrity follows, the biggest memes, hashtags and trends of the year. The one-hour live event will cover all of the most memorable and talked about social media moments that flooded 2017 timelines. Actor Michael Blackson, also known as “The African King of Comedy,” will host the first ever “BET Social Awards” on February 11. Keeping true to the “social” theme, winners are determined based on fan’s votes, casted on BET.COM/SOCIAL. Viewers select the five (5) nominees that should make it to the final round for consideration and potentially taking the title in categories such as “Clapback,” “Social Hustle” and more. First round of voting closes Sunday, January 21 at 6 PM EST. The second round of voting featuring the top (5) nominees chosen in the online voting categories opens on Tuesday, January 23 at Noon EST. Categories include: CLAPBACK: If you troll, they’re trolling back! Internet beef is nothing new, but when these nominees let loose, the whole world notices. From clever reads to snatching edges, these nominees are known to put people back in their place. Whose clapback game was the strongest? Christy Teigen Remy Ma Maxine Waters Angela Rye Sharon Reed Amanda Seales Jess Hillarious Erykah Badu Michael Rapaport Rihanna BEST PODCAST: Pop in your headphones, you’re in for a treat. These podcasts are the voice of the people, and we want to know which one is your favorite! The Drink Champs The Bodega Boys Rap Radar with Elliott Wilson The Read Two Dope Queens Joe Budden Pod Save The People The Brilliant Idiots Another Round On One With Angela Rye MOOD AF: Let’s celebrate the memes and gifs that came out of nowhere, took over our timelines and showcased clever moods, shade and subs we didn’t even know we needed. Roll Safe Salt Bae Meryl Streep Singing Diddy Met Gala Issa Rae “I’m Rooting For Everybody Black” Real House Wives Of Atlanta “Who said that” Michael Jordan Crying BAEWATCH: These power couples epitomize #relationshipgoals and we’re here for it! Rep your favorite couple and vote below! Gucci & Keyshia Kaoir Teyana & Iman Beyonce & Jay Z Cardi B & OffSet Remy Ma & Papoose Russell Wilson & Ciara Click here for the complete list of nominees and click here to cast your vote! “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” will premiere live Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10 P.M./7 P.M. ET/PT.