Fat Joe Returns as Host of ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ 2023

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Fat Joe Returns as Host of 'BET Hip Hop Awards' 2023




(Host & Co-Executive Producer of “BET Hip Hop Awards” 2023 Fat Joe //

Photo Credit: Prince Williams/ Filmmagic/ BET)

New York, NY – September 14, 2023 – Today, GRAMMY® Award-nominated recording artist, actor, author, entrepreneur, and media personality Fat Joe was announced as the returning host & Co-Executive Producer of “BET Hip Hop Awards” 2023. Taped from Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, GA, on Tuesday, October 3, the broadcast premiere will air on Tuesday, October 10, at 9 PM ET/PT on BET. This year’s show continues the celebration of hip hop’s 50th anniversary by bringing together the hottest names in music, from emerging artists to pioneering acts who have made a cultural impact through the genre. The official “BET Hip Hop Awards” 2023 nominations, selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders, performers, and presenters, were announced last week, with 21 Savage and Cardi B leading this year’s nominations with an outstanding 12 nods each. To see the complete list of “BET Hip Hop Awards” 2023 official nominees, go HERE. Fans can get in the action by voting for the DJ of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Best Hip Hop platform categories at https://www.bet.com/votehha23 

“We are thrilled to welcome back a true hip hop legend in Fat Joe as this year’s host! As we round out a banner year of celebrating hip hop’s landmark half century of influencing culture, he is the perfect emcee to lead us through what promises to be an iconic night,” said Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “Throughout his career, he has continued to be a leader within the culture, bridging the gap between generations. We can’t wait to watch what he comes up with for this year’s show.”

“Hip hop is my life, and I’m extremely proud to return as host of ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ 2023,” Fat Joe said. “We’re going to make this year’s award show even bigger while also celebrating our hip-hop stars and pioneers in a spectacular way. It’s going to be a legendary night of music and entertainment and you’re not going to want to miss it.”

Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy will oversee the annual show as Executive Produce with Jamal Noisette, VP, Specials & Music Programming for BET. Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, to serve as Executive Producer of “BET Hip Hop Awards” 2023 along with Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Jeannae Rouzan–Clay and Dionne Harmon.

For more information on Fat Joe, follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Join the “BET Hip Hop Awards” 2023 conversation on social media by logging on to multiple BET social media platforms:

  • On Twitter by using the hashtag #HipHopAwards; follow us @HipHopAwards and @BET
  • On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/HipHopAwards

For more information about “BET Hip Hop Awards” including the latest news and updates, visit www.bet.com/hiphopawards


Fat Joe is a Grammy® Award-nominated recording artist, author, actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and media personality that hails from the Bronx, New York. With an acclaimed career that has spanned three different decades, Joe has cemented his legacy as a hip-hop heavyweight, having amassed several multiplatinum and gold studio albums, mixtapes, singles and collaborations, including “Lean Back,” “What’s Luv,” “Make It Rain,” and “All The Way Up,” among countless others.

In recent years, Joe reinvented himself by becoming a media personality, having hosted “BET Hip Hop Awards” 2022 as well as episodes of The Drew Barrymore Show and The Wendy Williams Show. His pivot into media began in 2020, when he launched The Fat Joe Show, an Instagram Live talk show where he interviewed a wide array of guests across politics, sports, music and entertainment.

The Bronx native recently expanded his résumé and became an author, releasing his memoir, The Book of Jose, which pulled back the curtain on the trials, tribulations and triumphs throughout his personal life and professional career. He has also shined in acting roles, most notably starring alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in Night School as well as in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix). Joe is also slated to star alongside Susan Sarandon in an animated comedy series called The Movers (Fox).

Additionally, Joe is the owner and founder of UP NYC, a chain of three apparel and exclusive footwear stores in New York City.


The BET Media Group, a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARAA; PARA; PARAP), is the world’s largest media company dedicated to entertaining, engaging, and empowering the Black community and championing Black culture. Connecting Black audiences through a portfolio of brands including BET, BET+, BET Gospel, BET HER, BET International, BET Jams, BET Soul, BET Studios, and VH1, the BET Media Group is a thriving media ecosystem of leading interconnected platforms across cable TV, streaming, digital, studios, live events and international.

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“BET Hip Hop Awards” is an annual celebration that pays homage to a culture that changed the world while highlighting the best in hip hop music. Year after year, BET delivers the best in hip hop for an unforgettable night of performances, cyphers and tributes honoring hip-hop legends that have and continue to make hip hop culture a global force.


Founded in 2012, Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service Emmy winning production company that has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE’s award-winning and critically acclaimed television includes programming from its three divisions. From the scripted division: scripted series—Real Husbands of Hollywood, American Soul and miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story. From the unscripted division: unscripted series – Gabrielle Union: My Journey to 50, Oh Hell No! With Marlon Wayans, Cardi Tries, My Killer Body with K. Michelle, DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic and Forward: The Future of Black Music, competition/game shows—Becoming A Popstar, Rhythm + Flow, Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares and Nashville Squares, talk shows – Yara Shahidi’s Day Off and Face to Face with Becky G, and children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (Daytime Emmy Award winner). From the specials division: award shows—The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, BET Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars and ABFF Honors, specials—The Super Bowl Halftime Show (Primetime Emmy Award winner), The Light We Carry: Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey (Primetime Emmy® Award nominee), Lil Rel Howery: I said it. Y’all thinking it., CNN’s Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom, Martin: The Reunion, John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, “Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration”, “Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today” A GRAMMY Salute to the Sounds of Change, “Stand Up for Heroes”, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25, “Leslie Jones: Time Machine”, The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular and Rip the Runway. Emmy winner Jesse Collins, Founder and CEO, is the executive producer of all JCE programming. He is also an executive producer for the Grammy Awards and The Golden Globes. Collins produced the 2021 Oscars.

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