BET Networks has announced that Tyler Perry will be honored at the 19th annual BET Awards with the Ultimate Icon Award for his continued cultural impact in entertainment.
Tyler Perry is a world-renowned producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, and author who built his whole entertainment empire from faith and very humble beginnings. Inspired by Oprah Winfrey, Perry began his career by simply turning his thoughts and life experiences into stories that ultimately created the foundation of his acclaimed catalog of plays, films, television series, and award-winning novels. He has created 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.
Tyler Perry is also responsible for the expansive state-of-the-art film and television studio on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, which he opened in 2015. The 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country, including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 11 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space and a huge backlot.
In a press release, Perry’s unique brand of inspirational entertainment is said to have “authentically spoken to and impacted black culture and helped shape the future of black entertainment.”
The 2019 “BET Awards” will air LIVE on Sunday, June 23 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET.