By Todd Williams Friday, December 30th, 2011
BET is no longer the sole Black network dotting the landscape of American television, but that hasn't diminished its cache in the Black community nor its relevance to hip hop culture. As President of Music Programs and Specials, Stephen Hill remains the most visible and vocal presence on the network, always a fixture at awards shows and events, and providing a connection for artists and fans to the network that has become such a fixture in mainstream culture.
Despite a few bumps, the BET Awards were still one of the biggest events of the year on cable television, with fans and media endlessly discussing who won, who was nominated and who was snubbed for weeks leading up to and following the lavish event. "The nominations consist of the artists that got the top votes in that category when put it to our voting academy," Hill explained. "It’s about this, and all the energy we’re getting around this… Hopefully in a few years people will be arguing because there were too many people who were vying for the spot."
"More than anything else, I'm proud that people stand up at the BET Awards, " Hill shared in late 2010. "The excitement make the crowds participate and become part of it, and there's no other awards show like it."
"I'm one of the luckiest guys that I know."