Tyler Perry to receive BET Ultimate Icon Award

12-06-2019 20:06

Tyler Perry is an icon. We already know that. But soon, the New Orleans native who transformed himself from an abused child into an entertainment mogul will have the hardware to prove it.

Perry was announced Tuesday (June 11) as the recipient of the Ultimate Icon Award at the 2019 BET Awards, set for June 23,
Perry, who started his show business career on the New Orleans stage, is most famous for his Madea character, a foul-mouthed, no-nonsense grandma whom he has portrayed in several stage productions before building a movie franchise around her.

While generally disliked by critics, Perry’s “Madea” films have been a hit with audiences. Since the first instalment — 2005′s “Diary of a Mad, Black Woman” — the nine films in the official franchise have together made more than a half billion dollars in theatres, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Although he has said March’s “A Madea Family Funeral” was the last time he will appear on-screen as the character, the financial success of the franchise was key to his building Tyler Perry Studios, a production facility in Atlanta. Among myriad projects to shoot there have been the Marvel film “Black Panther,” the AMC series “The Walking Dead” and Perry’s own series “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

The 19th annual BET Awards will air live at 7 p.m. Central Time on June 23, with simulcasts scheduled for BET, BET HER, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1 and Logo.

Originating from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, it will be hosted by actress Regina Hall. Scheduled performers include Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, City Girls’s Yung Miami, Lucky Daye and Kiana Lede.

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