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DRAKE, EMINEM, FUTURE, RICK ROSS, SCHOOLBOY Q, AND YO GOTTI UP FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR

TAPING AT THE BOISFEUILLET JONES ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER IN ATLANTA, GA

Back by popular demand, Uncle Snoop and BET Networks team up once again to present the biggest night of hip hop with cyphers and legendary tributes that encompass the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2014! Highly respected with more than 20 years in the industry,

Uncle Snoop continues to set trends and pave the way for both new and established artists. At last year’s “Hip Hop Awards,” Uncle Snoop opened the show OG style, participated in star-studded performances and revealed the persona of his moniker DJ Snoopadelic by spinning on the turntables for various artists.

This year Drake leads the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2014 with eight impressive nominations for ‘Best Hip Hop Video,’ ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse,’ and the coveted ‘People’s Champ Award.’ Followed by JAY Z, Future and Pharrell who each received six nods; Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan and YG garnered five HHA nominations.

The awards will be taped on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA for the ninth year running, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Directly following the awards at 10:00 p.m. ET is the premiere of “Real Husbands of Hollywood S2: Reunion Special.”

An entertainment icon, Snoop is affectionately known as Uncle Snoop in the music industry for the leadership and guidance he provides to both established and up and coming artists. With more than 20 years in the business, Snoop has become an international name for his work in music, film, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Snoop Dogg is currently working on his next studio album with Pharrell Williams.

With last year’s show being a huge ratings success, leaves great wonder as to how Uncle Snoop will TURN UP this time around. “Uncle Snoop put it down so lovely at last year’s show that we literally asked him THAT NIGHT to host this year’s show and we’re so glad he said yes. With the D-O double at the helm again bringing his unique humor, creativity and OG swag, BET ‘Hip Hop Awards’ 2014 will undeniably continue its reign as the biggest night of hip hop on television,” said Stephen G. Hill President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks.

Returning is the “I Am Hip Hop” Award, recognizing an individual who has made a profound imprint on hip hop music and culture throughout the years. Nominations for all categories, as well as confirmed performers, will be announced in the coming weeks. Also returning is Sprite® as a sponsor of the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2014, presenting in part the always noteworthy cyphers and the “green” carpet.

Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the BET Hip Hop Awards, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

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The complete list of BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” ’14 Official Nominees:

Best Hip Hop Video
Drake – “Worst Behavior”
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – “Move That Doh”
Iggy Azalea f/ Charli XCX – “Fancy”
J. Cole f/ TLC – “Crooked Smile”
Nicki Minaj – “Pills N Potions”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Eminem f/ Rihanna – “The Monster”
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – “Move That Doh”
JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
ScHoolboy Q f/ BJ The Chicago Kid – “Studio”
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – “My Hitta”

Best Live Performer
Drake
JAY Z
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
T.I.

Lyricist of the Year
Drake
Eminem
J. Cole
JAY Z
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson
Director X
Dre Films
Hype Williams

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard
DJ Scream

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
Drumma Boy
Hit-Boy
Mike WiLL Made It
Pharrell
Timbaland

MVP of the Year
DJ Mustard
Drake
Future
JAY Z
Nicki Minaj

Track of the Year
“Cut Her Off” (Remix) – Produced by Will-A-Fool (K Camp f/ Lil Boosie, YG & Too $hort)
“Move That Doh” – Produced by Mike WiLL Made It (Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino)
“My Hitta” – Produced by DJ Mustard (YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan)
“Studio” – Produced by Swiff D (ScHoolboy Q f/ BJ The Chicago Kid)
“Worst Behavior” – Produced by DJ Dahi (Drake)

Album of the Year
Drake – “Nothing Was The Same”
Eminem – “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
Future – “Honest”
Rick Ross – “Mastermind”
ScHoolboy Q – “Oxymoron”
Yo Gotti – “I Am”

Who Blew Up Award
Iggy Azalea
Migos
Rich Homie Quan
ScHoolboy Q
YG
Young Thug

Hustler of the Year
Dr. Dre
Drake
JAY Z
Rick Ross
T.I.

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
JAY Z
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj
Young Thug

Best Hip Hop Online Site
AllHipHop.com
Complex.com
HotNewHipHop.com
NecoleBitchie.com
RapRadar.com
WorldStarHipHop.com

Best Club Banger
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – “Move That Doh” (Produced by Mike WiLL Made It)
K Camp f/ Lil Boosie, YG & Too $hort – “Cut Her Off” (Remix) (Produced by Will-A-Fool)
Migos – “Fight Night” (Produced by Stack Boy Twaun)
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz” (Produced by Detail)
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – “My Hitta” (Produced by DJ Mustard)
Young Thug – “Stoner” (Produced by Dun Deal)

Best Mixtape
Action Bronson – “Blue Chips 2”
Fabolous – “The Soul Tape 3”
Migos – “No Label 2”
Rich Homie Quan – “I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In”
Wiz Khalifa – “28 Grams”

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
B.o.B – “Paranoid” (Ty Dolla $ign f/ B.o.B)
B.o.B – “Up Down” (Do This All Day) (T-Pain f/ B.o.B)
Drake – “Who Do You Love” (YG f/ Drake)
Kendrick Lamar – “Control” (Big Sean f/ Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)
Pharrell – “Move That Doh” (Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino)

Impact Track
Common f/ Vince Staples – “Kingdom”
Lecrae – “Nuthin”
Lupe Fiasco – “Mission”
The Roots f/ Patty Cash – “Never”
Talib Kweli f/ Abby Dobson – “State of Grace”

People’s Champ Award
Drake – “Worst Behavior”
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – “Move That Doh”
Iggy Azalea f/ Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
YG f/ Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Rich Homie Quan – “My Hitta” (Remix)

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The Los Angeles rapper lands six nominations for the annual award show set to tape on Nov. 8th in Las Vegas


Kendrick Lamar is certainly in control.

The West coast rapper leads all nominees for the 2013 Soul Train Awards with six nods in categories such as Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and the coveted Album of the Year.

Over the past year, Lamar has had an outstanding run following the release of his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city-- undoubtedly placing him at the table with hip-hop heavyweights.

Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and the lone lady Tamar Braxton follow behind Lamar with five nominations apiece spanning the categories of The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award, Best Collaboration, Best Dance Performance and more.

Anthony Anderson will serve as this year's host as the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards head back to Las Vegas on Nov. 8. The show will air Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. EST on Centric and BET.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

Best New Artist
Bridget Kelly
K. Michelle
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton
TGT

Centric Certified Award
Joss Stone
Luke James
Lyfe Jennings
Solange
Stacy Barthe
Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
Break Every Chain - Tasha Cobbs
Confessions- Lecrae
Every Praise - Hezekiah Walker
God Will Make Away - Shirley Caesar
If He Did It Before…Same God - Tye Tribbett
Life & Favor - John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Bad - Wale feat. Tiara Thomas
High School - Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne
Holy Grail - Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Poetic Justice - Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Power Trip - J. Cole feat. Miguel
Started From the Bottom - Drake

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michelle
Fantasia
Janelle Monáe
Kelly Rowland
Tamar Braxton

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
John Legend
Miguel
Robin Thicke

Album of the Year
The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar
Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel
Magna Carta… Holy Grail – Jay Z
The Side Effects of You - Fantasia
Unapologetic - Rihanna

Song of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.
Diamonds -Rihanna
Fine China – Chris Brown
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award
Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
Lose to Win – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Body Party - Ciara
Fine China – Chris Brown
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)
Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration
Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down
J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines
Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best International Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Differentology - Bunji Garlin
The Fog - Machel Montano
Next To Me - Emeli Sande
Personally - P-Square
Ur Waist – Iyanya

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable
Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life
Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain
Terrence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Jose James - Trouble
Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)
Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life
George Duke – Missing You

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Ashanti - Never Should Have
Brian McKnight - Sweeter
Kenny Lattimore - Find A Way
Maysa - Love Me Good
Raheem DeVaughn - Love Connection
Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

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Best Hip Hop Video
o A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – Problems
o B.o.B f/ T.I. & Juicy J – We Still In This
o J. Cole f/ Miguel – Power Trip
o Drake – Started From The Bottom
o Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Kill My Vibe

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group)
o Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future – Bugatti
o A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – Problems
o J. Cole f/ Miguel – Power Trip
o French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – Pop That
o Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – Poetic Justice
o Wale f/ Tiara Thomas – Bad

Best Live Performer
o 2 Chainz
o J. Cole
o JAY Z
o Kendrick Lamar
o Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year
o J. Cole
o Drake
o JAY Z
o Kendrick Lamar
o Wale

Video Director of the Year
o Scout & A$AP Ferg
o Benny Boom
o Director X
o Dre Films
o Hype Williams

DJ of the Year
o DJ Drama
o DJ Envy
o DJ Funkmaster Flex
o DJ Khaled
o DJ Scream

Producer of the Year
o J. Cole
o Hit-Boy
o DJ Mustard
o Mike WiLL Made It
o Pharrell Williams

MVP of the Year
o 2 Chainz
o J. Cole
o Drake
o JAY Z
o Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year
o Power Trip – Produced by J. Cole (J. Cole f/ Miguel)
o Problems – Produced by Noah “40” Shebib (A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
o Don’t Kill My Vibe – Produced by Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
o Bugatti – Produced by Mike WiLL Made It (Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future)
o Started From The Bottom – Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40” Shebib (Drake)

Album of the Year
o J. Cole – Born Sinner
o JAY Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
o Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
o Nas – Life Is Good
o Wale – The Gifted

Who New? Rookie of the Year
o Action Bronson
o A$AP Ferg
o Earl Sweatshirt
o Joey Bada$$
o Trinidad Jame$

Hustler of the Year
o Diddy
o JAY Z
o Kendrick Lamar
o T.I.
o Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award
o 2 Chainz
o A$AP Rocky
o JAY Z
o Kendrick Lamar
o Nicki Minaj
o Kanye West

Best Hip Hop Online Site
o Allhiphop.com
o Complex.com
o GlobalGrind.com
o RapRadar.com
o WorldStarHipHop.com

Best Club Banger
o Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future – Bugatti (Produced by Mike WiLL Made It)
o A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – Problems (Produced by Noah “40” Shebib)
o Drake – Started From The Bottom (Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40” Shebib)
o French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – Pop That (Produced by Lee on the Beats)
o Trinidad Jame$ – All Gold Everything (Produced by M.e. (Devon Gallaspy)

Best Mixtape
o Big Sean – Detroit
o Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
o Travi$ Scott – Owl Pharaoh
o Stalley – Honest Cowboy
o Trinidad Jame$ – Don’t Be S.A.F.E.

Sweet 16 (Best Featured Verse)
o Diddy – Same Damn Time (Remix) (Future f/ Diddy & Ludacris)
o Drake – Versace (Remix) (Migos f/ Drake)
o Future – Bugatti (Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future)
o Kendrick Lamar – Problems (A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
o Wiz Khalifa – U.O.E.N.O. (Remix) (Rocko f/ Future & Wiz Khalifa)

Impact Track
o J. Cole f/ TLC – Crooked Smile
o JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
o Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Mary Lambert – Same Love
o Wale f/ Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing
o Kanye West – BLKKK SKKKNHEAD

BET.com Voting
To vote, head over to BET.com/PeoplesChamp

People’s Champ Award
o A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – Problems
o J. Cole f/ Miguel – Power Trip
o Drake – Started From The Bottom
o Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Kill My Vibe
o Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us

About Snoop Dogg (“Uncle Snoop”)
An entertainment icon and with more than 20 years in the business, Snoop continues to pave the way in the hip-hop industry, serving as a mentor to many new and established artists. Being the trendsetter he is, Snoop stands at the forefront of popular culture with award-winning and multi-platinum albums and songs, critically acclaimed films and television shows, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series “GGN News.” Snoop defines hip-hop history. He’s set records with his seminal album Doggystyle, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. Throughout his career, Snoop’s produced chart-topping hits including “Gin & Juice,” “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Next Episode,” “Beautiful,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Signs,” “Sensual Seduction” and “I Wanna Rock.” He continues to awe millions of fans around the world with innovative initiatives, including his recent Coachella performance with longtime friend Dr. Dre and the infamous Tupac hologram, as well as releasing one of the most popular celebrity mobile apps Snoopify, reaching nearly one million users within the first week. Through his film production company, Snoopadelic Films, Snoop has produced an array of movies, including his film with Wiz Khalifa, Mac and Devin Go To High School, featuring the three times platinum and recent Grammy Award Nominee song, “Young, Wild and Free.” Furthermore, he produced his latest Snoopadelic release in conjunction with VICE Media, Reincarnated, which documents Snoop’s journey through reggae culture and Jamaica while recording his latest album (of the same title) with executive producer Diplo and Major Lazer. Snoop’s non-profit work in the community is commendable, as he established the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) in 2005 to give children between the ages of five and 13 the opportunity to participate in youth football and cheer. SYFL teaches them the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline, and academics. Today, SYFL boasts 30 teams, more than 1,200 players and over 75 cheerleaders.
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2013 BET Awards Cypher: Slaughterhouse Confirmed


Joe Budden takes to social media to confirm that he and Slaughterhouse will be a part of the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher.


The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards will be aired on October 15. 2011 was the last time Slaughterhouse participated in a BET Awards cypher. That cypher became a Shady grouping which included Eminem, Yelawolf and the aforementioned rap quartet.


BET HIPHOP AWARDS 2013 BACK IN ATLANTA WITH A BRAND NEW HOST UNCLE SNOOP PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15th 8:00 PM




rawdoggtv.com Same great city with an exciting new host – this year’s “BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013” will be hosted by the one and only Snoop Dogg, respectfully known amongst his peers and celebrity friends as “Uncle Snoop”! With more than 20 years in the industry, Snoop has created the blueprint for a long-standing career and has become revered as a mentor to both new and established artists. BET Networks made the announcement Thursday, August 22nd on “106 & PARK’s” annual “BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013” nomination special. This is the first time Uncle Snoop has hosted the “BET HIP HOP AWARDS.”



“BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013” will also air on Friday, October 18th on BET’s international network in the UK and Africa, reaching more than 17 million households in 50+ countries. http://bethiphopawards2007blog.com


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2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz to Perform2013 BET Hip Hop Awards: Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz to Perform

French Montana and ScHoolBoy Q will also hit the stage. The lineup for the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards is starting to take shape. In addition to MC Lyte receiving the lifetime achievement honor (the I AM HIP HOP AWARD presented by Sprite), Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and French Montana are now among confirmed performers; and Kevin Hart a.k.a. Chocolate Droppa is a confirmed presenter. 2 Chainz and French Montana have both had big years with the release of their albums. 2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME debuted atop Billboard's Top Rap Albums; and Montana's long-awaited debut, Excuse My French, entered the Top 200 albums chart at No. 4. rawdoggtv.com Lamar, a Music Matters star, has had a standout year as well, lyrically and visually continuing to push the culture forward with his videos "B---h, Don't Kill My Vibe" and "Poetic Justice" and lighting a fire in hip hop with his verse on "Control," garnering responses from OGs and up-and-comers alike even Chocolate Droppa dropped a sweet 16 seconds. He will be joined by fellow breakout TDE artists and scheduled performers ScHoolBoy Q and Jay Rock. Q and Lamar collaborated for a current 106 & Park favorite, "Collard Greens," and Jay Rock appears on Lamar's major-label debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city, which went platinum this year. The "hip hop crew" theme will also take center stage to set off the awards. Taking on one of the art form's oldest and most cherished traditions, squad members of hip hop's finest groups and indie labels will battle it out crew vs. crew-style for the much-loved Hip Hop Awards Cypher. Those participants, however, will not be announced until after the Sept. 28th taping at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.http://bethiphopawards2007blog.com The HHA will have its premiere broadcast Tuesday, Oct. 15th at 8 p.m. and will air on BET's international network in the U.K. and Africa Friday, Oct. 18th, reaching more than 17 million households in more than 50 countries. Click here to read BET.com's exclusive interview with MC Lyte about the I AM HIP HOP Award! BET.com is your #1 source for Urban celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.
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MC LYTE TO RECEIVE THE ‘I AM HIP HOP’ AWARD

Widely recognized as one of hip hop’s greatest female lyricists of all time, MC Lyte will be honored for her contributions to the hip hop genre and community with the iconic “I AM HIP HOP” Award presented by Sprite at this year’s “BET HIP HOP AWARDS.” Filming at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, September 28, 2013 the special telecast premieres Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:00 P.M.*

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MC Lyte first appeared on the scene in 1988 when she became the first solo female rapper to release a full album, “Lyte As a Rock.” A leader in many areas, Lyte received a gold single and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance for the classic anthem “Ruffneck.”

With eight studio and four compilation albums, plus several guest appearances and soundtrack entries, Lyte continues to add to her collection of music offerings and entrepreneurial endeavors with her most recent release, “Cravin’,” a hot new jam with an old school appeal, a fresh hook and Lyte’s signature lyrical style http://www.mclyte.info.

A multi-faceted entertainer, MC Lyte is a noted actress, voice-over artist, radio show co-host, DJ, inspirational speaker, author and entrepreneur. Her signature style and recognizable voice can be seen and heard in dozens of films, TV shows, commercials, nationally syndicated radio airwaves and even video games. She’s also appeared in off-Broadway theater and was the first African American female to serve as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy.

The philanthropist is the founder of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which recently commenced its search, for the second year in a row, to find the “MC Lyte $100,000 First Wave Scholarship” recipient, who will earn a full scholarship to obtain a 4-year college degree at one of the nation’s top universities, undergirded in hip hop culture.

http://www.hiphopsisters.orgAdditionally, Lyte created Hip Hop Sisters Network, a platform for female artists to showcase their talents in an environment of encouragement and respect.

MC Lyte will join the elite club of “I AM HIP HOP” Award recipients, which includes Grandmaster Flash (2006); KRS-One (2007); Russell Simmons (2008); Ice Cube (2009); Salt N’ Pepa (2010); LL Cool J (2011) and Rakim (2012), and she is planning a series of events over the course of the weekend in honor of this great achievement http://www.mclyte.com.

Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the BET Hip Hop Awards, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment. BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013 ATLANTA

“BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013” will also air on Friday, October 18th on BET’s international network in the UK and Africa, reaching more than 17 million households in 50+ countries. http://bethiphopawards.blogspot.com

Join the conversation on social media by logging on to BET’s multiple social media platforms: • On Twitter by using hashtag: #HipHopAwards; follow us @HipHopAwards and @BET • On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/HipHopAwards

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About “The BET Hip Hop Awards” “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 Networks 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. http://bethiphopawards2007blog.com

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BEYONCÉ TO KICK OFF HER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AT THE BET EXPERIENCE VIA L.A. LIVE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28th, 2013 AT STAPLES CENTER; AS THE BET AWARDS EXPANDS TO AN ELECTRIFYING WEEKEND FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES, JUNE 28th–30th

KENDRICK LAMAR, SNOOP DOGG, R. KELLY, NEW EDITION, THE JACKSONS, MIGUEL, SCHOOLBOY Q, KIRK FRANKLIN, THE ROOTS, MIKE EPPS, ERYKAH BADU AND MORE JOIN BEYONCÉ TO PERFORM THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND




KICK OFF APRIL WITH CHRIS BROWN AND “106 & PARK” AIRING MONDAY, APRIL 1st, 2013 AT 6PM EST


THE DREAM AND TAMAR BRAXTON AMONG GUESTS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 1ST --- WHAT WILL “106 & PARK” HAVE PLANNED FOR APRIL FOOLS’ DAY? --- “106 & PARK” Taping Live from Florida the Week of April 15th, 2013 --- “106 & PARK” airs daily at 6 P.M.* ET/PT on BET with hosts Bow Wow, Paigion, Shorty Da Prince and Miss Mykie


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To kick off April and welcome spring, “106 & PARK” guarantees to bring music’s and television’s biggest stars to warm up afternoons on “106 & PARK.” On Monday, April 1st, Chris Brown will celebrate the nation’s funniest holiday with televisions livest audience and his fans all around the world. Premiering his brand new video, “Fine China,” an exclusive interview with Bow Wow and Paigion, and a day full of laughter, Chris Brown will takeover “106 & PARK” as audience members and viewers at home are treated to two hours of surprises and entertainment only seen on BET Networks.

“106 & PARK” continues to bring the biggest celebrities to television every weeknight in April with The Dream on Tuesday, April 2nd and Tamar Braxton on Wednesday, April 3rd. The Dream, mega producer responsible for many chart-topping hits for Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Rihanna, will world premiere his own new video, “Slow It Down” ft. Fabolous. Everyone’s favorite Braxton sister, Tamar Braxton, will visit the studio Wednesday, April 3rd, to discuss her pregnancy, “CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL” performance, new music and the latest season of “Braxton Family Values.” http://bethiphopawards2007blog.com

As the leading destination for new music, the following videos will be added this week with the hopes of making it to the daily top 10 countdown:

• Chris Brown – "Fine China" – New Joint
• The Dream – "Slow It Down" ft. Fabolous – World Premiere
• Trevante – "Bad Girl" ft. Lil Twist – New Joint
• Luke James – "I.O.U." – World Premiere
• Problem – "Like What" – New Joint

For more information on “106 & PARK” visit BET.com/106andPark. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to BET’s multiple social media platforms: http://bethiphopawards.blogspot.com

• On Twitter by using hashtags: #new106 or #on106today; follow the show for all updates @106andPark.
• On Google plus at G+ 106 and Park.
• On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/BET106andPark
• Download the free “106 & PARK” award-winning app now for iOS or Android.

About 106 & PARK
A powerful presence in the music and entertainment industry, “106 & Park” has been the #1 music variety show on cable for the past 15 consecutive quarters among adults 18-49, according to the Nielsen Company, and has been integral in launching the careers of numerous hip-hop and R&B artists. “106 & PARK” has become THE destination for today's brightest stars including Denzel Washington, Madonna, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Diddy, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Queen Latifah, Will Ferrell, Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lebron James, 50 Cent, Sienna Miller, Will Smith, Drake, Katie Holmes, Trey Songz, Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and many, many others.

SUPERSTARS KELLY ROWLAND & BORIS KODJOE DELIVER NEW ENERGY & FRESH FASHION TO BET NETWORK’S NINTH ANNUAL “RIP THE RUNWAY" IN NEW YORK CITY

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Hollywood's Hottest Stars and Music's Biggest Entertainers Light Up Televisions Fiercest Catwalk at “BET RIP THE RUNWAY” Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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Delivering high energy and high fashion, GRAMMY winner Kelly Rowland and Actor Boris Kodjoe join BET Networks to deliver top designers and live performances to "RIP THE RUNWAY," fashions leading and sexiest telecast. In its ninth year, "RIP THE RUNWAY" returns larger than ever infusing unprecedented fashion and music's brightest entertainers to provide an extraordinary fashion experience on one runway. On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City the runway will be ripped by music and television’s hottest celebrities for a night showcasing top emerging designers in street wear, swimwear and high fashion couture.

For the first time, “106 & PARK’s” “RIP THE RUNWAY” Amateur Model Contest is open to males providing both male and female aspiring models the opportunity to enter the online casting at BET.com. Supermodel Jessica White and “gone with the wind fabulous” reality star Kenya Moore will appear on “106 & PARK” to judge “RIP THE RUNWAY” Amateur Model Contest on February 25, 2013. During this final phase, they will compete in a series of three (3) challenges - “The Look,” a ‘photo’ contest, “The Talk,” mock commercial competition and “The Walk,” a ‘catwalk’ contest. The panel of celebrity judges combined with a viewer text vote will weigh the results and determine who will walk in “RIP THE RUNWAY.”

BET.com will follow Kenya Moore as she captures behind the scenes interviews with models, Billboard’s chart topping artists and our phenomenal hosts as they prepare for "RIP THE RUNWAY" premiering March 20, 2013 @ 10 pm* on BET.

Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks, executive produce “RIP THE RUNWAY” along with Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For more information on “RIP THE RUNWAY,” visit http://www.bet.com/riptherunway. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan pages at http://www.facebook.com/BETstyle Join .the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtag: #RIPTHERUNWAY; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BETstyle.


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PLAYERS COME AND GO, BUT “THE GAME” GOES ON AS SEASON SIX KICKS OFF WITH ITS 100TH EPISODE ON MARCH 26th, 2013

“LET’S STAY TOGETHER” Returns the Same Night with a Titillating Third Season of The Highs and Lows of Marriage, Dating and Relationships http://bethiphopawards.blogspot.com

BET Networks brings stories filled with LOLs coupled with scandal and shocking revelations to spotlight the intricacies of relationships with the return of its two hit series: THE GAME and LET'S STAY TOGETHER. The #1 sitcom debut in the history of cable TV, THE GAME, returns with season six on Tuesday, March 26 with a special one hour-long premiere from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT. The series is followed by returning favorite LET’S STAY TOGETHER immediately after at 11 p.m. ET/PT and then airing at its regularly scheduled time of Tuesdays 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The new season of THE GAME introduces new characters to the show. Fans will see the “dysfunctional” football family through the fresh eyes of its newest cast members Keira Michelle Whitaker (Lauren London) and Bryce “Blue” Westbrook (Jay Ellis). They join fellow cast members Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Coby Bell, Brandy Norwood and Barry Floyd. Fans will be taken on a roller coaster ride filled with plenty of twists and turns for the Sabers and Sunbeams beginning with the excitement of the NFL’s Premiere Draft Day that ends in the draft trade of longtime Saber Derwin Davis. Guest stars this season include: Rick Fox, Rockmond Dunbar, Ciara, John Singleton, Navid Negahban, Bumper Robinson, Tae Heckard, Greg Jennings and LaMonica Garrett.

The season five finale ended with Tasha Mack in love, but will this love last forever when former flame Rick Fox returns to her life? Meanwhile, newlyweds Jason and Chardonnay are very much in love, but will Jason’s job get in the way of their honeymoon bliss? Tempted by his past demons, Malik is Malik 2.0 this year, but will he stay on track and maintain his sobriety? All this and more will be revealed in the new season of THE GAME.
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Viewers will see that the third time’s the charm for BET’s hit series, LET’S STAY TOGETHER. Picking up where season two left off, the cast continues to push the envelope and highlight what it really takes to keep a relationship together. Stacy (Nadine Ellis) and Charles (Bert Belasco) fight to keep their marriage strong in the wake of Charles’ perceived indiscretion with Connie on the TV show “Sneakerz.” Meanwhile, as Jamal (Ronreaco Lee) deals with reinventing himself through his career, Tasha (Joyful Drake) learns to handle success as an entrepreneur. Kita (Erica Hubbard) gears up for training at the police academy and ends up finding an unexpected new love. And while Crystal (Kyla Pratt), continues to move forward with college, her relationship with an NFL player does not pan out the way she expected. Through all of the laughs and drama, the group keeps the love alive and remains committed to staying together. Additionally, the new season features guest appearances by Christian Keyes, Jackie Long, T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs and Jackée Harry.

THE GAME is executive produced by Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenny Smith, Erica Montolfo-Buro and Kelsey Grammer.

LET’S STAY TOGETHER was created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer. Jacque is also the show’s Executive producer along with, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah) and Shakim Compere. LET’S STAY TOGETHER is a BET Studios Original Production. http://bethiphopawards2007.blogspot.com

For video sneak peeks and first looks of the new season of THE GAME and LET’S STAY TOGETHER, visit their official pages respectively at BET.com/TheGame and BET.com/Letsstaytogether. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan pages at facebook.com/BETthegame and facebook.com/LetsStayTogether. Also, join the conversation about the shows on Twitter by using hashtags: #thegameBET and #letsstay2gether; follow the shows for all updates & special surprises @thegameBET & @letsstay2gether. For more information about these series visit http://www.BET.com

HALLE BERRY, T.D. JAKES, CHAKA KHAN, CLARENCE AVANT, AND LISA LESLIE ARE ANNOUNCED AS THE BET HONORS 2013 HONOREES

BET NETWORKS CELEBRATES EXCELLENCE WITH BET HONORS 2013 TAPING IN WASHINGTON, DC, SATURDAY, JANUARY 12th, 2013 HOSTED BY GABRIELLE UNION


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BET Networks presents BET HONORS, a star studded unforgettable night celebrating distinguished Urban Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education.

Hosted by acclaimed actress Gabrielle Union, this year’s show recognizes the savvy business acumen of music executive and entrepreneur Clarence Avant, known to many as the “Godfather of Black Music,” the humanitarian work and philanthropic efforts of Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry, the influential leadership, humanitarian and educational reach of T.D. Jakes, the invaluable contributions of ten-time GRAMMY award winner and international music icon Chaka Khan; who will be celebrating 40 years in music and entertainment, and the athletic agility and dynamism of three time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold winner Lisa Leslie.

BET HONORS will tape at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 12, 2013 and will premiere on February 11th, 2013 at 9:00 pm* on BET Networks.

BET HONORS has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary Urban Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs; along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle. Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Productions.

For more information on the BET HONORS, visit http://www.bet.com/bethonors Also,. join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.

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THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS ON DECEMBER 26TH AS CENTRIC GIVES VIEWERS A GLIMPSE AT THE HOTTEST R&B AND HIP-HOP
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Hits from Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Miguel and More Make Appearances on the Four-Part Countdown Special

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Before saying “Bye Baby” to 2012, Centric is giving viewers a “Refill” of some of the hottest R&B and Hip-Hop music of 2012 as the network announced today, The Hot 50. The four-part, year-end special features artists such as, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Usher and Miguel and will kick off on Wednesday, December 26th at 8:00AM ET.

The Hot 50 will be hosted by Centric’s entertainment correspondent, Jasmine Sanders. Teamed up with Jasmine will be a few of entertainments leading media experts – Cori Murphy, Entertainment Director, Essence Magazine; Nicole Spence, Celebrity Editor, Global Grind; Ed Love, TV Personality, Comedian and Radio Personality, SiriusXM’s Backspin; Sean Lynch, Assistant Editor, The Source and Jermaine Hall, Editor-in-Chief, Vibe – who will appear throughout the countdown special adding their commentary.

Mark your calendar – below is the complete schedule of The Hot 50:

DATE TIME COUNTDOWN
December 26th 8:00AM ET Top 50 - 41
December 27th 8:00AM ET Top 40 - 31
December 28th 8:00AM ET Top 30 - 21
December 29th 8:00-10:00AM ET Top 20 – 1

Paxton Baker is General Manger & EVP for Centric. Depelsha Mcgruder is SVP of Business Operations for Centric. Produced by Rod McDonald. Nicole Johnson is Talent Booker and Music Producer.

About CENTRIC:
Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-American and multicultural adult viewer. With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today's hottest artists. It is a unique of mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2012 LAS VEGAS NOV 8Th-10th

 Soul Train Awards ’12 is heading to Las Vegas for a special 3-day experience that will bring together the biggest names in music, comedy, and entertainment.

This year’s 3-day Soul Train Awards Experience will feature the brand’s annual Awards show, a Comedy All Stars showcase, the Soul Train Cruises Presents: Centric Soul Weekend Live in Concert event, and a golf tournament.

AIR DATE: 2012 Soul Train Awards will premiere simultaneously on BET and Centric Sunday, November 25th at 9pm ET/PT

TAPE LOCATION:
Las Vegas, Nevada

SCHEDULE: 
Thursday, November 8, 2012 (evening) – Soul Train Awards*

Friday, November 9, 2012 (day) – Golf Tournament

Friday, November 9, 2012 (evening) – Centric’s Comedy All Stars

Saturday, November 10, 2012 (evening) – Centric Soul Weekend Live in Concert

WHERE:
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3667 Las Vegas Boulevar d South
Las Vegas, NV 89109 

To purchase travel packages for Centric’s Soul Train Awards 3-day experience in Las Vegas, please visit: http://www.soultrainpackages.com/travel-package.html

PRODUCTION COMPANY:
BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media

About CENTRIC:
Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's multicultural adult viewer.  With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today's hottest artists. It is a unique of mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer.

About Soul Train Holdings:
Soul Train is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as: Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson and Beyonce, to name a few. Soul Train Holdings was created following the acquisition of the iconic franchise and catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from
Don Cornelius Productions in June 2008 by InterMedia Partners and Madvision entertainment and is part of Vibe Holdings LLC. Vibe Holdings is a leading multi-cultural media company consisting of treasured and celebrated brands including Vibe Magazine, Vibe.com, Uptown Magazine and Soul Train. VIBE Holdings is owned by InterMedia Partners, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies.

AIR DATE:
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 9 PM EST for main show-Red Carpet Special airs at 8 PM EST

 

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2012: THE HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA IS HEADED TO PLANET HOLLYWOOD IN SIN CITY FOR MUSIC’S MOST SOULFUL NIGHT

ORIGINAL KING OF COMEDY AND “SOUL MAN” ACTOR CEDRIC “THE ENTERTAINER” ON BOARD TO HOST; LEGENDARY R&B GROUP NEW EDITION HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD http://bethiphopawards.blogspot.com

USHER LEADS TALENTED PACK WITH 5 SOUL TRAIN NODS. R. KELLY BECOMES MOST NOMINATED ARTIST IN SOUL TRAIN AWARDS HISTORY; WHITNEY HOUSTON AND AMY WINEHOUSE RECEIVE POSTHUMOUS NOMINATIONS

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2012: TAPING, NOVEMBER 8TH AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD’S PH LIVE IN LAS VEGAS; PREMIERING ON BET AND CENTRIC SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH AT 9PM*

Soul Train Awards 2012 hosted by the Original King of Comedy and “Soul Man” actor Cedric “The Entertainer,” is headed to Las Vegas for its annual night of music and honors.

Featuring a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to New Edition, and live performances from today’s top music superstars; Soul Train Awards 2012 will premiere simultaneously on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 25th at 9pm*.

The Soul Train Awards acknowledges the achievements of today’s most famed entertainers in multiple categories. This year, with two nominations, including Album of the Year, R. Kelly will be the most nominated artist in Soul Train Awards history.

R&B superstar Usher is also making Soul Train Awards history with five nominations including nods for Song of the Year and Album of the Year; surpassing both Michael Jackson and Beyonce in total nominations in a lifetime.

International songstress Estelle leads women in nominations with three nods including Song of the Year for "Thank You" and Best Female Soul/R&B Artist.

Rapper Nas also receives three nominations, including Album of the Year for "Life is Good." Singers Trey Songz and John Legend, who received two nods each, will compete in the Song of the Year category with Estelle, Usher, Tyrese and Wale. The late Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse each received a posthumous nomination.

Whitney Houston in the Best Gospel Inspirational Performance category for her collaboration with Jordin Sparks on "Celebrate" from the Sparkle soundtrack, and Amy Winehouse in the Best International Performance Category for "Our Day Will Come."

The Soul Train Awards is a presentation of Centric and Sunseeker Media and directed by Manny Rodriguez. Paxton Baker, Tami Willis-Arasli, Derek Lewis, Centric; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings' Kenard Gibbs will all be the executive producers of the network telecast, along with Cedric Kyles and Eric Rhone.

Soul Train Awards 2012 will air on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 25th at 9pm*.

For more information, please visit www.centrictv.com.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2012 NOMINEES AND AWARD CATEGORIES

Best New Artist
Elle Varner
Emeli Sande
J. Cole
Luke James
Robert Glasper

Centric Award
Daley
Esperanza Spalding
Gary Clark Jr.
Leah Labelle
Santigold

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
BeBe Winans-America America
Fred Hammond - I Feel Good
Marvin Sapp - My Testimony
Mary Mary-Go Get It
Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks-Celebrate

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
2 Chainz feat. Drake - No Lie
Wale feat. Miguel - Lotus Flower Bomb
Nas-Daughters
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz -Mercy
Young Jeezy feat. Ne-Yo-Leave You Alone

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Beyoncé
Estelle
Keyshia Cole
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Miguel
Robin Thicke
Trey Songz
Tyrese
Usher

Album of the Year
The One- Eric Benet
Channel Orange-Frank Ocean
Life Is Good-Nas
Write Me Back-R. Kelly
Looking For Myself-Usher

Song of the Year
Estelle-Thank You
John Legend feat. Ludacris-Tonight (Best You Ever Had)
Trey Songz- Heart Attack
Tyrese-Stay
Usher-Climax
Wale feat. Miguel-Lotus Flower Bomb

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
Thank You-Estelle (Writers: Arden Altino, Akene “The Champ” Dunkley, Jerry Duplessis, Doug F. Edwards, Thomas D. Richardson, Aliaune Thiam)
Tonight (Best You Ever Had)-John Legend feat. Ludacris(Writers: Allen Arthur, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel Pimentel “Miguel”, Clayton Reilly, John Stephens)
Daughters-Nas(Writers: Nasir Jones, Ernest D. Wilson, Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka)
Share My Love-R. Kelly (Writer: Robert Kelly)
Climax-Usher(Writers: Usher Raymond IV, Sean “Redd Stylez” Fenton, Thomas “Diplo” Pentz, Ariel Rechtshaid)

Best Dance Performance
Beyoncé-Love On Top
Chris Brown-Turn Up The Music
Nicki Minaj-Starships
Rihanna-Where Have You Been
Usher-Scream

CentricTV.com awards:

CENTRICTV.com Best Caribbean Performance
Cover Drive -Bajan Style
Damien "Junior Gong" Marley-SuperHeavy
Jimmy Cliff-Rebirth
Matisyahu -Spark Seeker
Sean Paul -Tomahawk Technique

CENTRICTV.com Best International Performance
Amy Winehouse-Our Day Will Come
Daley feat. Marsha Ambrosius Alone Together
Emeli Sande-Next To Me
Estelle-Thank You
Gotye feat. Kimbra-Somebody (That I Used To Know)
Rebecca Ferguson-Nothing’s Real But Love

CENTRICTV.com Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group
Chris Botti-Impressions

Kenny Garrett-Seeds From The Underground
Melody Gardot-The Absence
The Robert Glasper Experiment -Black Radio
Tony Bennett-Isn't It Romantic

CENTRICTV.com Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group
Ben Tankard-Full Tank
Brian Culbertson-DREAMS
Cassandra Wilson-Another Country
Esperanza Spalding-Radio Music Society
Peter White-Here We Go

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BET LAUNCHES NEW LATE NIGHT SERIES: 'DON’T SLEEP

BET LAUNCHES NEW LATE NIGHT SERIES: 'DON’T SLEEP, HOSTED BY T. J. HOLMES, OCT. 1st 11 PM ET/PT

Emmy-Award Winning Executive Producer and Co-Creator of The Daily Show To Helm New Show for BET

The new original series 'DON’T SLEEP, T.J. Holmes will deliver smart, biting social commentary on significant issues. 'DON’T SLEEP will present and tackle current headlines that affect the urban community, while also creating awareness about vital stories mainstream media tends to disregard.

Airing Monday through Thursday, “DON’T SLEEP!” is also infused with a team of correspondents injecting perspective, humor and commentary about a wide range of topics.

The witty late night series is keenly focused on keeping the Urban Culture engaged, awake and in the know.

T. J. Holmes is an award-winning journalist and respected television personality who is highly regarded Worldwide. Prior to joining BET, Holmes was the weekend anchor for CNN.

BET Awards 2012 Adds: Usher, 2 Chainz and Big Sean As Performers; Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj Also Set to Perform

BET Awards 2012: Jamie Foxx, Tyler Perry, Quentin Tarantino to Present


THE BEST OF BET’S SUNDAY BEST YOLANDA ADAMS, AMBER BULLOCK, Y’ANNA CRAWLEY AND JESSICA REEDY TO TAKE TO THE STAGE AS PERFORMERS

BET’S MUSIC MATTERS TO CAST SPOTLIGHT ON NEW TALENTS JENNAH BELL AND CHARLES PERRY

BET AWARDS NEXT BIG MUSIC STAR MOBILE TOUR ANNOUNCES GRAND PRIZE WINNER MARQUIS “DMT THE RAPPER” TAYLOR


Grammy Award-winning singer Usher, whose seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, hit stores today, will return to the BET Awards show stage for the first time since 2010.

In addition to Usher, Def Jam recording artist 2 Chainz will also hit the stage as will Big Sean, whose nominated for three BET Awards this year including Best New Artist, Best Male Hip Hop Artist, and Best Collaboration for his song “Marvin & Chardonnay”. Both artists are featured on “Mercy,” the first single from G.O.O.D. Music’s upcoming compilation, Cruel Summer, which is set for release this summer.

Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, are currently enjoying the success of their individual records in rotation as well as their collaboration, “Right By My Side,”.

Nicki Minaj - Starships at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend


FORD TO SPONSOR THE BET AWARDS 12 RED CARPET, THE FORD HOT SPOT, AND GIVE AWAY A 2013 FORD ESCAPE AND $1,000 TO A LUCKY VIEWER

D’ANGELO MAKES HIS FIRST TELEVISED PERFORMANCE IN OVER A DECADE

“Usually, we love to keep surprises…but this year we want EVERYONE watching when D’Angelo takes the stage at the BET Awards!,” stated Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials. “His talents have been away from us for far too long and we’re excited and honored that he’s decided to make his American re-entry at this year’s BET Awards.”


Grammy Award-winning singer Usher, whose seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, hit stores today, will return to the BET Awards show stage for the first time since 2010.

In addition to Usher, Def Jam recording artist 2 Chainz will also hit the stage as will Big Sean, whose nominated for three BET Awards this year including Best New Artist, Best Male Hip Hop Artist, and Best Collaboration for his song “Marvin & Chardonnay”. Both artists are featured on “Mercy,” the first single from G.O.O.D. Music’s upcoming compilation, Cruel Summer, which is set for release this summer.

Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, are currently enjoying the success of their individual records in rotation as well as their collaboration, “Right By My Side,”.

BET AWARDS 2012 | BET HONORS 2012 | HIP HOP AWARDS | SOUL TRAIN AWARDS


G.O.O.D. Music To Perform At BET Awards 2012

The G.O.O.D. Music family will take the stage at this year's show. G.O.O.D. Music is slated to perform at the BET Awards 2012.

Ford has partnered with BET Networks for the fifth year in a row to sponsor the red carpet and Ford Hot Spot, as well as give one lucky viewer the opportunity to win a brand new 2013 Ford Escape and $1,000 in cash. The winner will be announced live during the “106 & PARK” BET AWARDS PRE-SHOW: LIVE, RED & READY on Sunday, July 1st starting at 6:00 p.m.*. Visit BET.com/BrandNewEscape to register now through Saturday, June 30th for your chance to win.


BET Awards 2012 Nominations: Beyonce, Chris Brown, Drake & Nicki Minaj Earn Nods


The 2012 BET Awards nominees have been announced and the categories feature a wealth of hip-hop and R&B artists that have commanded radio play, graced stages around the world and been featured extensively at events over the last year. The awards show also gives trophies to athletes, actors and actresses for their outstanding achievements.

Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, who are confirmed to perform at the ceremony, earned nods with the crooner scoring a Best Male R&B Artist, Viewers' Choice Award ("Turn Up the Music") and Video Director of the Year nomination while the rapper landed a spot in the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist category.

Beyonce lays claim to six nominations: Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration for her J. Cole-assisted track "Party," Video of the Year for "Countdown" and "Love on Top," Video Director of the Year and Viewers' Choice Award for "Love on Top."

Drake falls under categories for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Collaboration ("I'm On One," "The Motto") and Viewers' Choice Award ("The Motto").


BET Awards 2012: Full Winners List

Best International Act: Africa
Camp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)
Sarkodie (Ghana)-Winner
Wizkid (Nigeria)-Winner

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Beyoncé-Winner
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona
Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown-Winner
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Big Sean
Drake-Winner
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj-Winner
Diamond
Trina
Brianna Perry

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
Diddy-Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)-Winner

Best New Artist
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean-Winner
Diggy
Future
Meek Mill

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé ft./ J. Cole – “Party””
Big Sean ft./ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – “Marvin & Chardonnay”
DJ Khaled ft./ Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne – “I’m On One”
Drake ft./ Lil Wayne and Tyga – “The Motto”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) ft./ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Wale ft./ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”-Winner

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – “Countdown”
Beyoncé – “Love on Top”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “Ni**as in Paris”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “Otis”-Winner
Usher – “Climax”

Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson-Winner
Benny Boom
Chris Brown and Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams-Winner
Kim Burrell
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Young Stars Award
Astro
Diggy-Winner
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Drake ft./ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto”
Beyoncé – “Love on Top”
Chris Brown – “Turn Up the Music”
Mindless Behavior – “Hello”-Winner
The Throne ft./ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Wale ft./ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Centric Award
Common-Winner
Estelle
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke
Tyrese

Best International Act: U.K.
Estelle
Labrinth
Emeli Sande
Sway
Wretch 32-Winner

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Viola Davis-Winner
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart-Winner
Denzel Washington

Best Movie
Good Deeds
Jumping the Broom
Laugh at My Pain
Red Tails
The Help-Winner

Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Candace Parker
Brittney Griner
Serena Williams-Winner
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant-Winner


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The BET AWARDS 12 will premiere Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. BST across BET's international platforms in the UK and Africa.


MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2012

BET NETWORKS LAUNCHES FIRST EVER BET AWARDS MOBILE APP

Co-Viewing Features Allow Users to Predict Order of Live Performers for a Chance to Win Prizes

Gamification Breathes New Life Into Award Voting

App Includes Deep Archival Video & Photo Catalogue, Hundreds of Artist Profiles & the Entire History of the BET Awards Winners, Nominees And More

BET Networks, winner of the ‘2011 Best App Ever’ award for its 106 & PARK App (Entertainment Category, Android), took another bold step today in electrifying live television with the launch of the BET AWARDS 12 App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices available for download today.

The BET AWARDS 2012 App is packed with historical moments from the show’s twelve years - hundreds of videos, thousands of photos and details on every nominee, winner and honoree. A brand new co-viewing experience, The Lineup, challenges users to predict the order of the performers before the show starts. Scorecard updates happen in real time during the BET AWARDS 12 LIVE broadcast July 1, 2012 starting at 8 P.M. ET, and users with the most correct guesses will be entered to win unique prizes including a celebrity gift bag, autographed t-shirts and the Official BET AWARDS 12 Microphone.

The BET AWARDS 2012 App also makes voting fun, with a fast-paced “shuffle hockey” game where users are rewarded with more votes for their favorite artists the better they play.

“Following the success of the 106 & Park app, we knew our audience expected a game-changer around the celebrity-packed BET AWARDS 12. So we went deeper into the vault than we’ve ever gone before, and created incredibly innovative and engaging co-viewing experiences that take the live show experience to a new level,” said Martez R. Moore, Executive Vice President of Digital Media Group, BET Networks “There is nothing like the BET AWARDS 12 app available in the market today.”

Some of the app’s leading-edge features include:
• Co-viewing experiences – Predict the order of performers and receive real-time show updates, plus be entered for a chance to win prizes. Coming soon: Tweet Map that keeps users up to speed on what celebs and BET viewers are saying about the show as it’s happening.

• Gamified Voting – Sharpen your skills on the hockey shuffle game to make your vote really count. Voting open now for the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award. Other awards and polls coming soon.

• Rich BET Awards Archival Content– Deep access to 12 years of high-quality performance footage, photos and stories about our winners, performances, hot moments and more, presented in a scrolling timeline.

• Deep Artist Profiles and Real-Time Updates – Profiles on over 400 artists, including video, photos, tweets and more, including the ability to receive real-time notifications on an individual artist basis.

Download the free BET AWARDS 12 app now from the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, or Google Play for Android users.

Last year’s BET AWARDS live telecast dominated the social media and digital world with millions of tweets regarding the BET AWARDS occurring days leading up to the premiere weekend (June 26-27, 2011) and the live telecast. For two years in a row, BET AWARD’ has dominated Twitter’s top trending topics during its airing and this year both the show and the app will be “too big to miss.” Last year the BET created hashtag #BET AWARDS averaged 11,500 tweets-per-minute during the live telecast, peaking at nearly 21,000 tweets per minute. #BETAWARDS PRESHOW trended at #1 worldwide in the hour preceding the beginning of the main show. #BETFORDFOCUS was the #1 trending topic within minutes after the secret hashtag was announced on-air and BET Mobile experienced an all-time one day record of 1.15MM page views on Sunday, June 26 up 60% from 2010. The FANdemonium award voting set an all-time record number of text and app votes with more than 2M text votes (up 86% from 2010) and more than 11 million votes from the 106 & PARK App.



MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2012

SAMUEL L. JACKSON (The Highest Grossing Movie Actor Of All Time) SET TO HOST 'THE BET AWARDS 2012

Kanye West Leads the Pack with 7 Nominations, Beyoncé with 6 Nominations and Jay-Z with 5 Nominations

Samuel L. Jackson (declared the highest grossing movie actor of all time according to the Guinness Book of World Records), will be this year’s BET Awards host.

In addition, the members of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly were announced to be the prestigious recipients of the ‘Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award;’ and Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj were revealed as the first confirmed performers.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2012

BET NETWORKS IS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BIG MUSIC STAR IN A CITY NEAR YOU

BET Networks is coming to Atlanta in search of aspiring talent during the BET Awards Next Big Music Star Mobile Tour.

The tour, a talent-recruiting contest for the BET Awards ‘12, features a fully equipped mobile recording studio and is also making stops in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Memphis and Houston.

WHERE: ATLANTA
Friday, May 25th
Underground Atlanta
50 Alabama St.,

(at the corner of Peachtree St. and Upper Alabama St.)
Atlanta, GA 30303

WHO: Celebrity guest judges are Issa, Jacob Latimore, Nastasia and Malik Yusef

To enter, aspiring contestants will need to register on the tour’s Facebook page via: http://BET.com/nextbigmusicstar and attend the event. There, they will sing acapella in front of judges for a chance to record a track in the deluxe mobile recording studio. After all of the winners in each city have recorded in the studio, a grand-prize winner will be selected by BET judges and through online fan voting. The grand-prize winner will attend the BET Awards ’12 and get a chance to appear at the 106 & Park pre-show.
Preview
The tour is designed to inspire young music talent from city to city, online and offline, on-air and off. And, at each location, music industry professionals and celebrities will be in attendance to help mentor the winners in the studio. With some talent, a little luck, and a lot of online votes, one lucky grand-prize winner could be the next big music star.

BET AWARDS 2012

APOLLO LIVE: CENTRIC'S NEW TALENT COMPETITION SERIES; TO HOLD AUDITIONS IN NEW YORK, WASHINGTON, D.C., CHICAGO AND ATLANTA

Hosted by Comedian Tony Rock, the New Talent Competition will Feature Judges Michael Bivins and Doug E. Fresh


CENTRIC, BET Network’s signature channel kicks off auditions for its new original series APOLLO LIVE. Inspired by the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night and hosted by comedian/actor Tony Rock, the show will include new, exciting elements such as a judging panel featuring R&B producer/artist Michael Bivins and hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh.


NEW YORK
Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th
Apollo Theater
253 West 125th St., New York, NY 10027
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th
THEARC Theater
Building Bridges across the River at THEARC
1901 Mississippi Ave. SE, Suite 101, Washington, D.C. 20020
12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.

CHICAGO
Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. (on 5/11)
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (on 5/12)

ATLANTA
Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th
Center Stage
1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Contestants should log on to: http://www.BET.com/Apollo for a complete set of the rules and eligibility requirements.

APOLLO LIVE marks the legendary Apollo Theater’s return to television after the successful 21-year run of the popular Showtime at the Apollo and will be taped in front of a live audience at the Theater. The series will draw upon elements and traditions from the Apollo’s long-running weekly live Amateur Night show, including audience voting, and the infamous “Executioner” who sweeps unsuccessful performers off the stage. APOLLO LIVE is a BET Production and is executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Marcus King and Don Weiner.

For more information and to check for location updates, please visit http://www.CentricTV.com For u.p-to-the-minute information, follow us on Twitter @CentricTV.

Preview

BET “106 & PARK”-2CHAINZ

“106 & PARK” will present a new segment for true rap and hip-hop fans.“The Backroom” features rappers spitting freestyles and exclusive verses over original beats. On Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 6 pm* tune in as Def Jam recording artist, 2 Chainz becomes the first to step into “The Backroom.”


“The BackRoom is the place where freestyle will reign. Truth is, we’ve missed having a place like Rap City’s “The Booth” and now we’ve got it. In The Backroom, it doesn’t matter if you’re famous or not. You just have to be a skilled emcee,” says Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks.

“The Backroom” launches this Friday, May 18th with ATL artist 2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, who is making waves in hip-hop with his acclaimed mixtape “T.R.U. REALigion,” featured on Kanye West’s “Mercy” and Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap.” 2 Chainz is also preparing for his solo debut album due later this year.

*All times are ET/PT.

BET AWARDS 2012

BET Announces New Scripted Series: SECOND GENERATION WAYANS, HOUSE HUSBANDS and New Reality Series THE MATHIS PROJECT


BET Launches New Film Offering of Never-Before-Seen on Television Movies BEING MARY JANE and GUN HILL

T. J. Holmes Joins BET with New Late Night Series DON’T SLEEP!

BET To Take Over Hollywood’s L.A. Live Complex In the New BET AWARDS EXPERIENCE in 2013

CENTRIC Expands Soul Train Awards into 3-Day Experience including a Comedy Showcase and Concert

CENTRIC to Launch New Talent Competition Series APOLLO LIVE

CENTRIC Now One of the Top 10 Growth Networks on Cable

BET Digital to Unveil Two New Web Series, GRASSHOPPER & SAGE and UNSIGNED


During its annual Upfront presentation to the advertising community, BET Networks, the leading provider of urban content to consumers globally, will reveal its new programming content including scripted programs and original movies for both BET and CENTRIC as well as new web series for BET.com.

BET will announce new late night series DON’T SLEEP!, new scripted series SECOND GENERATION WAYANS, HOUSE HUSBANDS, and new reality series THE MATHIS PROJECT.

BET is also launching a new film offering, BET PREMIERE CINEMA, which will give its viewers a first look at never-before-seen films on TV such THE MINDLESS BEHAVIOR PROJECT and critically acclaimed Sundance hits MIDDLE OF NOWHERE and LUV, after their theatrical run, as well as BET original films BEING MARY JANE and GUN HILL.

The Network also plans to announce the new BET AWARDS EXPERIENCE that includes an interactive multi-platform Hollywood takeover of the L.A. Live Complex during BET AWARDS Week in 2013.

CENTRIC will unveil its plans to expand SOUL TRAIN AWARDS into a three-day experience including a Comedy Showcase and Concert as well as launch a new talent competition series APOLLO LIVE.

BET will reinforce its position as the #1 provider of content for consumers of urban culture globally with unprecedented reach to all types of Urban American consumers across all demographics and genres.

BET will also unveil the new late night series starring former CNN anchor T. J. Holmes, DON’T SLEEP!, which tackles social issues and current events important to BET’s audience.

Additionally, the Network will launch two additional scripted series SECOND GENERATION WAYANS starring Craig Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and George O. Gore II alongside Tatyana Ali, and the insanely funny sketch comedy HOUSE HUSBANDS starring Kevin Hart, Nelly, Bobby Brown, Anthony Anderson and Nick Cannon as well as THE MATHIS PROJECT; a powerful new crime investigative series featuring Judge Greg Mathis that aims to empower neighborhoods plagued by unsolved homicides.


BET will announce a new cinema offering viewers exclusive movie content, never before seen on television.

BET PREMIERE CINEMA will launch with BEING MARY JANE, created and executive produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, and starring Gabrielle Union and GUN HILL; the show is a high-powered cop drama about identical twins on opposite sides of life starring Larenz Tate of THE MINDLESS BEHAVIOR PROJECT, featuring the teen sensation singing group Mindless Behavior; and critically acclaimed Sundance favorites LUV starring hip hop and Hollywood star Common and the emotional drama MIDDLE OF NOWHERE starring Omari Hardwick and Emayatzy E. Corinealdi.


CENTRIC will announce its new series APOLLO LIVE, hosted by comedian Tony Rock and executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Marcus King and Don Weiner. Additionally, CENTRIC will announce the SOUL TRAIN EXPERIENCE, an expanded platform of programming during Soul Train Weekend that includes 2012 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, THE CENTRIC COMEDY SHOWCASE and THE CENTRIC MUSIC CONCERT.

NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET:

DON’T SLEEP! - Award-winning journalist T. J. Holmes gives viewers a great reason to stay up with his new original late night series DON'T SLEEP!, Holmes delivers smart, biting social commentary on significant issues important to African Americans. Guaranteed to shake up late night, DON'T SLEEP! presents and tackles current headlines that affect our community while also creating awareness about vital stories mainstream media tends to disregard. Airing four nights a week, DON'T SLEEP! is also infused with numerous in-studio and on-location correspondents injecting perspective, humor, and commentary about a wide range of topics. The witty late-night series is keenly focused on keeping Black America engaged, awake and in the know.

HOUSE HUSBANDS - An insanely funny sketch from the 2011 BET Awards (which quickly became a phenomenon) is coming to primetime. HOUSE HUSBANDS will be a semi-scripted, reality-TV satire sure to skewer all things “Housewives”-like. This half-hour comedy is executive produced by and stars Kevin Hart. Prepare for weekly hilarity.

THE MATHIS PROJECT - This powerful new crime investigative series aims to empower neighborhoods plagued by unsolved homicides. JUDGE GREG MATHIS unites local volunteers and law enforcement to gather information that has the potential to solve the case - and get community members to do what, for some, is unthinkable: reveal what they know. Mathis’ investigative skills will bring these cases to a close by exposing the truth that witnesses, anonymous tipsters and “word on the street” sources have kept hidden for years. The crime investigative series stars and is executive produced by Judge Greg Mathis and is produced by ITV Studios America.

.SECOND GENERATION WAYANS is a hilarious new scripted comedy based on the lives of the members of the next generation of the Wayans family. However, as it turns out, being a Wayans isn’t all fun and games. Viewers see the good, the funny and the ugly as the young trio emerges from the long shadows of their uncles to carve out their own paths to stardom in Hollywood. Executive produced by Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez and Devon Shepard. The series stars Craig Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and George O. Gore II, who also serve as executive producers, and also features Tatyana Ali.

BET NEW MOVIES FOR “BET PREMIERE CINEMA"

BEING MARY JANE - From the producers of the award-winning, record breaking BET comedy THE GAME and #1 box-office romantic comedy “Jumping the Broom” comes an original movie starring the gorgeous and talented Gabrielle Union. This is a story to which millions of modern women will both relate and respond. Mary Jane Paul has it all: she’s a successful TV news anchor, entirely self-sufficient - an all-around powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. As Mary Jane juggles her life, her work and her commitment to her family, we find out how far she’s willing to go to find the puzzle pieces that she, and society, insist are missing from her life as a single Black female. Starring Gabrielle Union, Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery, Lisa Vidal, Richard Brooks, Omari Hardwick, Tika Sumpter, Raven Goodwin, B.J. Britt, Aaron Spears, Latarsha Rose and Robinne Lee.

GUN HILL -From the producers of NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, this high-powered cop drama is about identical twins on opposite sides of life: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and begins his own search for redemption. Set in the mean streets of New York, this smart, gritty two-hour movie event features an ensemble cast of characters operating on all sides of the law, where no one is quite what they seem. Executive produced by Reggie Rock Bythewood and Don Kurt. Written and directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood. Starring Larenz Tate, Emayatzy E. Corinealdi, Tawny Cypress, Aisha Hinds, Michael Aronov and Phyllis Yvonne Stickney.

LUV- Fresh from being critically acclaimed at Sundance 2012, BET presents the worldwide television premiere (after its theatrical run) of LUV, starring hip hop and Hollywood star Common. The distinguished Danny Glover and Charles S. Dutton and Dennis Haysbert also illuminate this future classic. A world of hope, violence and self-determination comes to life in this dramatic thriller. Woody Watson is a timid, orphaned eleven-year old boy from Baltimore who dreams of a better life. He sees his uncle Vincent - recently released from prison - as the father he never had. But Vincent’s former life and criminal past soon comes back to haunt them both. Coming of age, all too soon, Woody has to decide where he stands and who he wants to be. This film is written and directed by Sheldon Candis and produced by Jason Michael Berman, Joel Newton, Common, Derek Dudley, Datari Turner and Gordon Bijelonic; and co-written by Justin Wilson. Starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Lonette McKee and Meagan Good.

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - BET is proud to present the worldwide premiere (after its theatrical run) of the historic Sundance 2012 award-winning film MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. In this elegant and emotional drama, a woman named Ruby changes her life during her husband’s incarceration. It follows Ruby’s journey to maintain both her marriage and her own identity. This hauntingly beautiful story is at once simple and infinitely complicated. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay. Starring Omari Hardwick and Emayatzy E. Corinealdi.

THE MINDLESS BEHAVIOR PROJECT - Making its premiere on BET after its theatrical run, this film chronicles the tribulations of blazing-hot boy band Mindless Behavior, following the tour life of four teens struggling to balance their personal lives and burgeoning careers. An homage to the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” these young men learn valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty and ultimately their places within the group. Mindless Behavior is a social media phenomenon, with more than 110 million collective hits on YouTube, 1.3 million “likes” on Facebook, 530,000 Twitter followers, and more than a half million subscribers to their official mobile hotline. THE MINDLESS BEHAVIOR PROJECT is a Reuben Cannon Entertainment (RCE) production in conjunction with BET. Produced by Reuben Cannon, Cory Tynan, Vincent Herbert, Walter Millsap, Kenneth Crear, Jason Essex with choreography by Dave Scott. Starring Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray and Roc Royal.

RETURNING HITS ON BET:

106 & PARK - 106 & PARK is the #1 video countdown show anywhere on television. Now in its 12th year, BET’s flagship program is a destination for the A-list of music, film, television, style and sports, from Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to Idris Elba and Nicki Minaj. With innovative inclusion of social media and social movements, 106 & PARK engages millions of audience members beyond TV via the 106 & PARK mobile app, winner of the Best App Ever Award 2011 for Best Big Brand App, the talent competition “Wild Out Wednesday” and the infamous newcomer rap battle “Freestyle Friday,” 106 & PARK continues to lead in delivering what’s hot and what’s next in pop culture. Hosted by Terrence and Rosci.

BOBBY JONES GOSPEL - GRAMMY® winner Dr. Bobby Jones, Jr., the "Ambassador of Gospel" and host of the longest continuously running original series on cable television, delivers his ministry and praise on the network's flagship gospel program and the longest-running gospel program on cable. This weekly standout features joyous performances and riveting interviews from gospel music's most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and others.

LET’S STAY TOGETHER - When two independently minded sisters take the step toward marriage, life puts their love to the test. This sophisticated romantic comedy series keeps its sense of humor as it tackles the intricacies of sex, intimacy, and communication. Created and executive produced by Jacque Edmonds Cofer and executive produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment.

REED BETWEEN THE LINES - A new season of this refreshing family comedy series navigating the ups and downs of love, work and family. This contemporary blended Black family uses wit, warmth and humor to keep life’s challenges in perspective, remembering to always make room for love.

SUNDAY BEST - The NAACP Image Award-winning smash hit gospel competition show promises to inspire like never before! BET's search for the world's most faithful voices will deliver the most competitive season yet. Hosted by Kirk Franklin with celebrity judges Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and Cece Winans, gospel hopefuls compete for a major recording contract and incredible prizes.

THE GAME - New episodes of THE GAME will be produced by and air exclusively on BET. After enjoying record ratings in syndication, THE GAME, created by Mara Brock Akil and executive produced by Kelsey Grammer, Salim Akil and Kenny Smith, will follow the lives of the fictitious San Diego Sabres - and the women who love them.

RETURNING MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET:

A VERY BET CHRISTMAS - This holiday music special is the ideal way to gather the family together and get them in the Christmas spirit. Viewers' favorite R&B and pop recording stars perform Yuletide classics. Santa may even make an appearance!

BET AWARDS - The BET AWARDS is the most watched awards program among African American viewers in cable history, and #1 with African American viewers 18-34 year after year. After an unparalleled 11 years of excitement and surprises, the BET AWARDS will continue to deliver unforgettable moments, tributes, and performances in 2012.

BET HIP HOP AWARDS - The BET HIP HOP AWARDS pays tribute to a culture that changed the world. With style, substance, and swagger like no other, the BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2011 was the #1 hip hop-themed telecast on television for the sixth consecutive year.

CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL - CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL rings in each new year with awe-inspiring power and anointed, electrifying performances. Always a star-studded gathering of gospel and R&B greats, CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL holds the crown as the highest-rated gospel program anywhere on television for eleven years running.

RIP THE RUNWAY - RIP THE RUNWAY sets the best of Black fashion to music. Electric performances, bold designers and sexy models melt the winter chill. No wonder it's the #1 fashion-themed telecast on television three years running!

THE BET HONORS - The BET HONORS celebrates our best and brightest: entrepreneurs, corporate citizens, educators, public servants and entertainers are lauded with moving musical tributes. Hailed by The Washington Post as an event that "favored achievement with honor over gaudy success," The BET HONORS is the bridge between generations.

NEW PROGRAMMING ON CENTRIC:

APOLLO LIVE - Birthplace of legends and home of future stars, The Apollo Theater shines anew for the next generation. Genius creative trio and Executive Producers Jamie Foxx, Marcus King and Don Weiner put a fresh spin on the classic variety show “Amateur Night” at Harlem’s iconic venue, including a talent showcase and a singing competition featuring the great entertainer Doug E. Fresh and music man Michael Bivins as judges. APOLLO LIVE promises a bevy of special guest appearances and performances. Hosted by funny man Tony Rock and of course, starring the electric Apollo Theater live audience.

CENTRIC SOUL WEEKEND - CENTRIC is the place that re-imagines classics into contemporary destinations. This year, the party train delivers plenty of soul to Las Vegas. The brightest stars of R&B, Soul and Hip Hop light up the Planet Hollywood Theater. CENTRIC SOUL WEEKEND is three days of live side-splitting comedy, soul-powered music and exclusive events, all culminating with the biggest night in urban music: THE SOUL TRAIN AWARDS. Hosted by hilarious crowd favorite Cedric the Entertainer.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS - The Hippest Trip in America keeps grooving forward. The iconic brand that defined a generation returns for 2013 with its signature awards show. Featuring never-before-seen musical collaborations and powerful tributes from world-class performers, the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS brings you the most revered and promising voices in soul and R&B. The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is simulcast on Centric and BET.

RETURNING HITS ON CENTRIC:

AS WRITTEN - This original music series peeks behind the curtain to reveal an in-depth look at a musician’s creative process. Each episode will follow an artist - some established, some emerging - and explore what drives them to create and who inspires them to press on in the music industry. It is all in an effort to give viewers a look into some of our most intriguing creative minds.

BEING - The new docu-series BEING takes viewers on an intimate journey into the lives of some of the music industry’s most legendary artists, including Gladys Knight, Anita Baker and Earth, Wind, & Fire. Their struggles and triumphs have helped to shape the careers of so many; without them, the music scene would be vastly different. Being shares firsthand accounts from family and friends who recall what it was like for these legends as they ascended to stardom.

CULTURE LIST answers this question for our discerning, well-heeled audience. Our new long-form music series also covers the worlds of film, fashion, beauty, fitness and entertainment with lifestyle segments each week. From books and movies to celebrity news, it’s all here on CULTURE LIST - complete with viewer calls to action for social and digital extensions.

INSIDE - This special series brings viewers into the lives of today's musical masters. What and who inspires them? How do they consistently deliver hits, stay relevant, and maintain a standard of musical excellence? INSIDE delivers the answers by providing a closer look at the genius and legacy of musical trailblazers who have changed the landscape and influenced a generation.

MUSIC TAKEOVER WEEKENDS - CENTRIC viewers count on us to bring the party home. We deliver by making weekends smooth, sexy and soulful with programming blocks on Saturdays and Sundays featuring some of today’s hottest artists. This dynamic slate includes a mix of SOUL SESSIONS, a 60- to 120-minute show where music videos meet in-depth interviews with a featured guest artist; the hour-long docu-series BEING; or AS WRITTEN, the one-hour special that explores the creative process of one artist during the recording of their new album. With the telecast of a special live concert event, the MUSIC TAKEOVER WEEKEND is complete.

BET DIGITAL PROGRAMMING:

8 DAYS A WEEK - This groundbreaking web series is back for a second sensational season on BET.com. Set against the unpredictable backdrop of Hollywood and polished with a bangin’ original soundtrack, this fresh, fast-paced drama chronicles the pursuit of that one shot at fame and the critical friendships it takes to get there. Based on the critically acclaimed teen book series “The Come Up” by New York Times best-selling author Lyah Beth LeFlore, 8 DAYS A WEEK will take viewers into the world of six 20-somethings who have one thing in common: the hunger to win the game of life.

ASYLUM - ASYLUM is a thriller that follows a team of doctors as they diagnose and treat patients at the infamous St. Dympna hospital for the criminally insane. Along the way, we will discover intriguing secrets about the staff and learn more about the asylum's mysterious past.

GRASSHOPPER & SAGE - will fulfill the insatiable youth appetite for online animated series. Evil Principal Kaijin is turning his prestigious, handpicked students at the Ninja Mystery School into monsters. Unassuming freshman exchange student Cory “Grasshopper” Miyazaki steps in to challenge Kaijin’s plans for world domination. This deceptively geeky kid is a Sage in training who uses his martial arts skills to keep Kaijin’s foot soldiers in check and the school safe from bullies - all while making sure he gets his homework done! Style reigns supreme in this action-packed animation series.

UNSIGNED - From the minds and pens of master animators MADTWiiNZ Mark and Mike Davis of Imajimation Studios (creators of Blokhedz, The Vader Project) comes this brand-new animated series. Aspiring rap group Freestyle will do whatever it takes to catch their big break in the music industry. As they try to make it big, their hilarious misadventures sometimes take a dangerous turn. This edgy series will have you laughing out loud from the edge of your seat, as you root for these kids to make their dreams come true.

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SELITA EBANKS AND POOCH HALL FROM “THE GAME” SET TO HOST BET RIP THE RUNWAY 2012




FUN, FREEDOM, FASHION” REIGNS ON FEBRUARY 29th 2012, AS MUSIC AND FASHION COLLIDE WITH MUSICAL PERFORMANCES FROM WALE, LIL KIM, JEREMIH, DIGGY SIMMONS, B.O.B, MEEK MILL, ESTELLE.


Selita Ebanks and Pooch Hall are set to host this year’s “RIP THE RUNWAY” announced BET Networks today. This year’s show embodies the theme – “Fun, Freedom, Fashion” by embracing a crop of emerging designers, influencers and tastemakers. “RIP THE RUNWAY” will tape on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and premiere on March 21, 2012 @ 10 pm* on BET. “RIP THE RUNWAY” musical guests include Wale, Meek Mill, Jeremih, Diggy, B.o.B and more.

This year’s hosts are “RIP THE RUNWAY” veterans, Selita Ebanks and Pooch Hall. The gorgeous Victoria Secret “Angel” has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and featured in numerous magazines. Selita will exclusively unveil her very own line of swimwear, ‘SASS by Selita Ebanks’ on the “RIP THE RUNWAY” catwalk. Marion “Pooch” Hall Jr. has also graced the “RIP THE RUNWAY” stage once before when he shared hosting duties with Nicki Minaj in 2010. Pooch is perhaps best known for his role as professional football player Derwin Davis on hit-series, “The Game.” He was most recently seen on the big screen in Sony Pictures’ “Jumping the Broom,” and recently wrapped a lead role in the indie feature “Live at the Fox's Den” with Jackson Rathbone and Elliott Gould.

Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Cossette Productions.

For more information on “RIP THE RUNWAY,” visit www.bet.com/riptherunway. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan pages at www.facebook.com/BETstyle. Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hash tag:#RTR; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BETstyle. For more information about this special visit www.BET.com.

About Rip the Runway 2012

This year’s “RIP THE RUNWAY” will be broken into seven themed segments incorporating more labels and more looks. The show will also incorporate some of today's hottest fashion bloggers to give us a few tips on the best way to style your looks for spring and summer. The evolution of “RIP THE RUNWAY” places the spotlight squarely on fashion giving viewers more of what they’ve been asking for.

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BET SUNDAY BEST SEASON 3 WINNER LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON WINS HER FIRST GRAMMY AWARD

SUNDAY BEST Season 3 winner, Le’Andria Johnson. Johnson won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance for her 2011 single “Jesus” from her debut album “The Awakening of LeAndria Johnson” on the MusicWorld Gospel label. The single followed her win of BET’s gospel singing competition SUNDAY BEST.

SUNDAY BEST consists of a 12-week singing competition with gospel greats Kirk Franklin as host along with an all-star panel of judges including Mary Mary, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, and Yolanda Adams and mentor Kim Burrell. Viewers vote for their favorite contestant and ultimately decide who will be the season’s SUNDAY BEST.

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"106 & PARK" Talks Teens and Parenting with Special Episode "Young, Single & Parenting" on Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 6 PM*

SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES BY DR. MICHELLE, DR. TARTT, RAPPERS DON TRIP ("LETTER TO MY SON") AND TRAY CHANEY ("FATHERHOOD")

Monday, January 30, “106 & PARK” will air a special episode

dedicated to young parents titled “Young, Single & Parenting.” The live, 90-minute special will deal

exclusively with issues affecting young parents focusing specifically on the realities of Urban American youth.

Hosted by Terrence J and Rocsi, “106 & PARK Presents: Young, Single & Parenting” will speak directly to youths in the trenches – young people who are currently parents and those expecting. Participants will be informed of the responsibilities they can expect, the resources available and their rights as parents.

“We are proud of our place as the only daily source of Urban Youth culture on television and we know it’s about more than music, celebrities and fun,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials. “On 106 & PARK, we’ve taken the time to discuss relationship violence, teen body image issues, AIDS prevention and other topics relevant to our audience. Many in our audience are young parents and need more information and guidance than they’re getting about how to work through certain issues; not the least of which is working on the relationship with the other parent for the benefit of the child.

It’s our hope that this special edition of 106 & PARK will help strengthen young families,” said Hill. On “Young, Single and Parenting” viewers will hear live testimonials from young, single parents in our studio audience. Rappers Don Trip and Tray Chaney, both young parents, will join the show to discuss their videos – Trip’s “Letter to My Son” feat. Cee-Lo Green and Chaney’s “Fatherhood”.

In-studio experts, Dr. Michelle (www.drmichelle.com) and Dr. Tartt (www.drtartt.com), will be on hand to answer questions submitted via a live online chat on BET.com/YSPTips.


In addition to answering questions live, viewers can join the conversation by logging on to BET’s multiple social media platforms:

 On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/BET106andPark

 On Twitter by using hash tags: #YoungSingleParent; follow the show for all updates @106andPark and @BET.

 On Google plus at bet.us/gplus106

On mobile, users can join this interactive experience through BET’s 106 & Park App on their mobiledevices.

For more information on 106 & PARK Presents: "Young, Single & Parenting", visit BET.com/106Cares. “106 and PARK Presents: Young, Single & Parenting” airs LIVE, Monday, January 30th at 6:00PM*

Aretha Franklin, Cicely Tyson, Patti Labelle and Common to Deliver Performances at BET HONORS 2012

CUBA GOODING JR. AND TERRENCE HOWARD WILL PRESENT AWARDS TO HONOREES WITH APPEARANCES BY WILLOW SMITH AND MANY MORE

GABRIELLE UNION SHOW HOST

Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, The Tuskegee Airmen and Beverly Kearney are the Honorees at BET HONORS Premiering on Monday, February 13, at 9:00 PM*


The fifth annual BET HONORS gears up for a highly anticipated show, celebrating the outstanding achievements of extraordinary legends in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. Acclaimed actress Gabrielle Union hosts the show for a fourth year, honoring renowned poet/author Maya Angelou (Literary Arts), internationally acclaimed musician Stevie Wonder (Musical Arts), Grammy-Award winning songstress Mariah Carey (Entertainer), influential filmmaker Spike Lee (Media), the heroic Tuskegee Airmen (Service) and inspirational coach and mentor Beverly Kearney (Education). The BET HONORS premieres during Black History Month, on Monday, February 13 at 9:00 p.m.*

The BET HONORS, star-studded lineup includes performances by Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Cicely Tyson andCommon, with appearances by Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Willow Smith. The show tapes at the historic Warner Theatre on Saturday, January 14 in Washington, D.C.

Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks, are executive producers, along with Cossette Productions.

Lexus is this year's returning sponsor for the BET HONORS red carpet and VIP reception.

Proceeds from this year's BET HONORS private ticket sales will be given to Metro TeenAIDS. Metro TeenAIDS, a longtime partner of BET, is a community health organization dedicated to supporting young people in the fight against HIV/AIDS, through education, support, and advocacy.

For more information on the BET HONORS, visit www.bet.com/bethonors. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan pages at www.facebook.com/BETHonors. Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BETHonors. For more information about this special visit www.BET.com

BET HONORS 2012

In its fifth consecutive year, BET Networks presents BET HONORS, a memorable night celebrating the outstanding achievements of seven extraordinary legends in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. Hosted by talented actress Gabrielle Union at the historic Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., BET HONORS celebrates the lifetime contributions and exceptional service of certain individuals in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. The star-studded, unforgettable special will premiere during 1st quarter 2012 on BET.

The 2012 honored recipients include renowned poet/author Maya Angelou (Literary Arts), internationally acclaimed musician Stevie Wonder (Musical Arts), Grammy-Award winning songstress Mariah Carey (Entertainer), influential filmmaker Spike Lee (Media), the heroic Tuskegee Airmen (Service) and inspirational coach and mentor Beverly Kearney (Education).

BET HONORS has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary shining stars including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs with unforgettable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, among many others.

Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Cossette Productions.

For more information on THE BET HONORS, visit www.bet.com/bethonors. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan pages at www.facebook.com/BETHonors. Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BETHonors. For more information about this special visit www.BET.com.

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About the 2012 BET Honorees

MAYA ANGELOU – Dr.Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou recently received the prestigious 2011 Medal of Freedom from President Obama. Raised in St. Louis, Missouri and Stamps, Arkansas, Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture. As a young woman, Dr. Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. And during her years abroad, Dr. Angelou read and studied voraciously, mastering French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti. She studied modern dance with Martha Graham, danced with Alvin Ailey on television variety shows and, in 1957, recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. Later she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild, acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Blacks and wrote and performed Cabaret for Freedom. With the guidance of her friend, novelist James Baldwin, suggested and encouraged Dr.Angelou to write her autobiography, which became known as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Published in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to international acclaim and enormous popular success resulting in Dr.Angelou becoming the first African-American woman to have the longest running book, appear on the New York Times Paperback, Nonfiction Best Seller List. The list of her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction now includes more than 30 bestselling titles. A trailblazer in film and television, Dr. Angelou wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia. Her script, the first by an African American woman ever to be filmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She continues to appear on television and in films including the landmark television adaptation of Alex Haley's Roots (1977) and John Singleton's Poetic Justice (1993) and Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion (2006). In 1996, she directed her first feature film, Down in the Delta. In 2008, she composed poetry for and narrated the award-winning documentary The Black Candle, directed by M.K. Asante. Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000 by President Clinton, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. Dr. Angelou has received over 50 honorary degrees and is the first lifetime Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Dr.Angelou is an active member of several community, civil and professional organizations, including Harlem Writer's Guild, Horatio Alger Association, Clinton Global Initiative, SeeForever Foundation and has several public and charter schools, libraries and apartments named in her honor.

STEVIE WONDER – Stevie Wonder is a legendary artist, songwriter, musician, and producer who at the age of 13, was the youngest recording artist to achieve a #1 single with "Fingertips, Part 2". He went on to amass 49 Top Forty singles, including "I Was Made To Love Her", "For Once In My Life", "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours", 32 #1 singles which include, "You Are the Sunshine Of My Life", "Superstition", "Sir Duke", and worldwide sales of over 100 million units. Among his many awards, acknowledgements and achievements, Stevie has received 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Academy Award and Golden Globe in 1984 for "I Just Called To Say I Love You" from the film The Woman In Red. Universally recognized as one of the most influential musicians in the world, Stevie has also demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian efforts, philanthropic leadership, and generosity of spirit. As an activist, Stevie's "Happy Birthday", became the rallying song in his efforts to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national American holiday. Stevie is a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on persons with disabilities.

MARIAH CAREY – Multifaceted entertainer Mariah Carey continues her journey as one of the world's most influential superstars. Her recent album, MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU is Mariah Carey's 13th studio album, following up her worldwide multi-million-selling Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (released September 2009), her multi-platinum E=MC2 (2008), and worldwide 10 million selling The Emancipation Of Mimi (2005). The Emancipation Of Mimi generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), two #1 singles, and countless more honors during its 18-month chart stay. Soundscan's biggest-selling album of 2005, Mimi featured "We Belong Together" (Grammy winner for Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song) and "Don't Forget About Us," Mariah's 16th and 17th #1 career singles respectively. They tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley's 17 #1's. Three years later, Mariah surpassed Elvis when "Touch My Body" (from E=MC2) became her 18th #1 Hot 100 hit. "Touch My Body" spent two weeks at the top, Mariah's 78th and 79th cumulative career weeks at #1, which tied Elvis' long-standing all-time high of 79 weeks at #1, as calculated by Billboard. Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 50 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 #1 hits. The success of E=MC2 brought total sales of Mariah's albums, singles and videos to more than 200 million worldwide, distancing her even further from the pack as the top-selling female recording artist in history.

SPIKE LEE – Spike Lee is a notable writer, director, producer, actor, and author who revolutionized both the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film. Widely regarded as a premiere African-American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the 'do it yourself' school of filmmaking. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, Lee returned south to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, he returned to Brooklyn to continue his education at New York University's Tisch School of Arts in Manhattan, where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film production. He founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, based in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, where he has resided since childhood. His film credits include such films as Miracle at St. Anna, Inside Man, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam. Lee's films Girl 6, Get On the Bus, Do the Right Thing and Clockers display his ability to showcase a series of outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, not only about race, but class and gender identity as well. Lee's timely 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film and Director awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Lee's Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues, Clockers and Crooklyn were also well received by critics and fans alike. His epic drama Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington, received two Academy Award nominations. In addition to his film achievements, Lee has produced and directed numerous music videos, commercials, documentaries and sports programs, and authored six books on the making of his films.

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN - The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps to become America's first black military airmen. They accepted the challenge during a time when many people thought that blacks lacked the intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. Three government initiatives happened between 1938 and 1940 and were instrumental in paving the way for blacks to participate in the nation's defense and for blacks to become military pilots. In 1940, the Selective Service and Training Service Act was passed by U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. That same year, the War Department announced that the Civil Aeronautics Authority, in cooperation with the U.S. Army, would start the development of "colored personnel" for the aviation service, this paved the way for blacks to train as pilots and as vital support personnel. These men came from every part of the country each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability. The military selected the Tuskegee Institute to train pilots because of its commitment to aeronautical training. Tuskegee Airmen include the men who were involved under the "Tuskegee Military Experiment" from 1941 to 1946. That "experiment" is now referred to as the "Tuskegee Experience," by Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 1200 missions for the 99th, 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons under 12th Air Force. On March 29, 2007, The Tuskegee Airmen, as a group, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush. The Tuskegee Airmen will live on forever in the pages of history because they accepted the challenge proudly, and succeeded in proving to the world that blacks could fly. While all along, displaying skill and determination, and suppressing their internal rage from humiliation and indignation caused by repeated experiences of racism and bigotry. These men fought two wars - one against a military enemy force overseas and another one against racism at home.

BEVERLY KEARNEY - Beverly Kearney, affectionately known as "Bev" is one of those rare stars. Her passion and gift for coaching and mentoring has inspired some of the finest athletes to achieve their greatest successes. This includes twelve Olympians winning seven Olympic medals, three of which were gold. Recognized as one of the winningest coaches in the history of track and field, Bev was inducted into the prestigious International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. Her record of seven national championships is the highest among African-American coaches in all collegiate Division 1 Sports, and second among women coaches. She has most recently been honored with several other awards including United States Track and Field Hall of Fame and the 2007-08. The "Lifetime Achievement Award" for Auburn University marking only the second time in History that a woman has received that award and the first African-American in history to receive the award. In 2009 Woman's Day magazine named her as one of their "50 Women on a Mission" along with such notables as Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, and Angelina Jolie. Bev has been the Head Coach of the University of Texas Women's Track and Field for eighteen years. She also served as the Head Coach at University of Florida and University of Toledo and Assistant Coach at University of Tennessee and Indiana State University. The men and women she has coached throughout her 30-year career stand out as America's best Athletes with over a 95% graduation rate and a total of 250 All-American's calling her their coach. Bev's many titles do little justice for Bev's ability to motivate, empower and realize matchless goals repeatedly and consistently. Beyond her work as a UT Head Coach, Beverly founded Pursuit of Dreams, a non-profit organization providing intervention resources, motivation, and guidance.

ABOUT THE HOST

GABRIELLE UNION – One of today's hottest stars, Gabrielle Union, continues to shine. Gabrielle can soon be seen in Tyler Perry's GOOD DEEDS for Lionsgate in theatres February 24th and Screen Gems' THINK LIKE A MAN, based on Steve Harvey's book "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man" out March 9th. Gabrielle recently wrapped production for Film Science's independent film, IN OUR NATURE, starring opposite John Slattery, Zach Gilford and Jena Malone, also due out in 2012. Known for her role in the cult hit BRING IT ON, Gabrielle's other film credits include Cadillac Records, The Perfect Holiday, Daddy's Little Girls, Bad Boys II, Deliver Us From Eva, Two Can Play That Game, Love & Basketball, Cradle to the Grave, Ten Things I Hate About You, and many more Hollywood hits. Gabrielle has also appeared in countless TV shows including ABC's Flash Forward, NBC's Life and ABC's Ugly Betty. Gabrielle Union's passion for acting is rivaled by her involvement as an Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as her support for the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA. Gabrielle currently serves as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena. Featured in their national television and print campaigns, Gabrielle has been acting as spokesperson since 2004.


SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011

BET's "THE GAME" and "LET'S STAY TOGETHER" - Return for Another Hit Season on Tuesday, January 10 at 10 PM*

The Stakes Are Raised, As Grammy Award Winning R&B Star Brandy Norwood Is Added To the Cast of THE GAME, And Acclaimed Actress Kyla Pratt Joins LET'S STAY TOGETHER

After record-breaking premieres last season, garnering a combined 12.1 million viewers, BET's top-rated scripted series THE GAME and LET'S STAY TOGETHER are set to return with 22 half-hour episodes, beginning Tuesday, January 10 at 10 p.m.* Boasting all-star casts, both shows up the ante with more laughs and more drama.

As the #1 sitcom debut in the history of all cable TV, season four of THE GAME left viewers on the edge of their seats. The seduction continues as infidelity, ambition, secrets and betrayal collide to make season five the most compelling yet. Picking up where it left off, Melanie (Tia Mowry Hardrict) contends with Derwin's (Pooch Hall) abortion accusation; Malik (Hosea Chanchez) and Tasha (Wendy Raquel Robinson) struggle to wrangle an intoxicated Jenna (Tika Sumpter); and Kelly (Brittany Daniel) is still off in the world trying to find herself, leaving Jason (Coby Bell) forced to come to terms with his feelings towards Black women. The new season also ushers in a new love interest for Jason, who is sure to shake things up!

In addition to music star Brandy joining the cast, and long-time favorites Melanie, Derwin, Tasha, Malik, and Jason, season five also welcomes the return of the prodigal sports manager Irv Smiff (PJ Byrne); the mother of Derwin's son, Janay (Gabrielle Dennis); Malik's former girlfriend, Jenna; as well as Malik's former assistant turned entrepreneur, Tee Tee and his famous Wing Truck (Barry T. Floyd). The momentum continues with a number of exciting new guest appearances, including Shawn Marion, Estelle, Selita Ebanks, DeRay Davis, Nene Leakes, Rockmond Dunbar, and the Emmy-award winning Loretta Devine among others.

The sexy combination of Tuesday night football followed by a little romance continues as the second season of LET'S STAY TOGETHER premieres immediately after THE GAME. The first episode will answer the big question of what happened at Stacy (Nadine Ellis) and Charles' (Bert Belasco) wedding from the cliffhanger in last season's finale, and why he left her standing at the altar. Additionally, Tasha (Joyful Drake) and Jamal (RonReaco Lee) will have their marriage tested by former relationships and other temptations while Charles and Stacy continue to explore the ups and downs of making coupledom work.

In season two, life becomes even more complex when Kita (Erica Hubbard) is inspired to go on a reality show a la Survivor and asks her cousin Crystal (Kyla Pratt) to house sit in her absence. LET'S STAY TOGETHER will explore what it means to be married, date, start and grow a business, establish a new career, and even go to college in modern day Atlanta.

For video sneak peeks and first looks of the new season of THE GAME and LET'S STAY TOGETHER, visit their official pages respectively at BET.com/TheGame and BET.com/Letsstaytogether. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan pages at http://www.facebook.com/thegameBET and http://www.facebook.com/LetsStayTogether. Also, join the conversation about the shows on Twitter by using hashtags: #thegameBET and #letsstay2gether; follow the shows for all updates & special surprises @thegameBET & @letsstay2gether. For more information about these series visit www.BET.com.

Award-Winning Journalist T.J. Holmes Signs Multi-Platform Talent Deal With BET Networks


BET Networks announced today a multi-platform talent agreement with award-winning journalist and television personality, T.J. Holmes. The deal with Holmes includes a new show on BET as well as content on BET.com in which he can bring his many talents to some of the most important and interesting stories to BET's audience.

An award-winning journalist and respected television personality within the African American community, T.J. Holmes was formerly a news anchor for various CNN programs and has anchored numerous major breaking news stories and human interest pieces ranging from the devastating tornadoes across the Midwest and Southeast to the Gulf oil spill in 2010 to Saddam Hussein's execution in 2006. Holmes came to CNN from NBC11 in the San Francisco Bay Area. While with NBC, he covered the 2004 Olympics, the first Summer Games held since the September 11th terrorist attacks. Before that, Holmes served as a weekend anchor and reporter for KTHV-TV in Little Rock, Ark. He began his career at KSNF-TV in Joplin, Mo. Holmes contributed to CNN's 2010 coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill that garnered a Peabody Award. In 2007, he was honored with the Young Alumni Award by the University of Arkansas. Holmes graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. He is a board member of the Emory University Board of Visitors, a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. and serves on the Chancellor's Board of Advisors at the University of Arkansas.

WILLOW SMITH AND DIGGY SIMMONS TO WORLD PREMIERE THEIR NEW VIDEOS EXCLUSIVELY ON 106 & PARK

DECEMBER 7th, 2011 @ 6PM* BET

Tune in tonight to 106 & PARK at 6 pm*as Willow Smith and Diggy Simmons premiere their new music videos. Roc Nation/ Columbia artist, Willow Smith will premiere her new video “Fireball” featuring Nicki Minaj. It’s 11-year-old Willow Smith’s third video off her upcoming debut album. Atlantic Record’s teen sensation, Diggy Simmon’s new video “Do it Like You” features Def Jam recording artist, Jeremih. This will be Diggy’s second video, following the successful debut of “Copy, Paste.

Millions Tuned In To Celebrate The 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS On CENTRIC and BET

A Combined 4 Million Total Viewers Watched Host Cedric “The Entertainer” And Others Tribute Musical Icons Gladys Knight And Earth, Wind & Fire


Millions of viewers tuned in to CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 27th to watch the premiere of the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011. According to The Nielsen Company, the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS premiere telecast drew in 4 million total viewers among, 2.5 million households on both CENTRIC and BET making it the #1 telecast in CENTRIC history among households, viewers (adults 25-54 and adult Women).


The audience was treated to blazing performances throughout the night from celebrated singers Freddie Jackson, Cee Lo Green, Common, Chrisette Michelle, Mary Mary, Marsha Ambrosius, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton, Tamar Braxton, Original 7ven (The Group Formerly Known As The Time), Robin Thicke, Melanie Fiona, Bebe Winans, Joe, Lalah Hathaway and Kenny Latimore. Hosted by the original king of comedy, Cedric “The Entertainer,” the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS Premiered on both CENTRIC and BET.


2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS WINNERS
  • Best New Artist – Miguel
  • Best Male R&B and Soul – Cee Lo Green
  • Best Female R&B and Soul Artist – Jill Scott
  • Record Of The Year (The Ashford And Simpson Songwriter’s Award) –Marsha Ambrosius “Far Away”
  • CENTRIC Award – Raphael Saddiq
  • Best Gospel Performance – MaryMary
  • Best Caribbean Performance – Rihanna “Man Down”
  • Album Of The Year – Chris Brown F.A.M.E.
  • Best Hip Hop Song Of The Year – Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne “Look at Me Now”
  • Song Of The Year – Kelly Rowland “Motivation”
  • Best Dance Performance – Beyonce “Run The World”
  • Best Contemporary Jazz – Dave Koz
  • Best Traditional Jazz — Cassandra Wilson

BET Honored HEAVY D


Mary J. Blige, who started her career on Uptown Records, the label on which Heavy D released most of his music and of which he eventually became president, called the late Entertainer/Actor an “angel and protector.”

Heavy D's Performance at 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards (Video)

Heavy D also was an actor, with roles in The Cider House Rules, The Tracy Morgan Show,Bones, Law & Order: SVU and, most recently, Brett Ratner's Tower Heist.

HEAVY D TRIBUTE BET 2011


Basketball Wives, Tamar Braxton join Soul Train Award 2011 line up
Stars of reality television will take the stage to present and perform at the 2011 Soul Train Awards this month. Confirmed Wednesday, both Shaunie O'neal of Basketball Wives and Tamar Braxton of Braxton Family Values will accompany Nelsan Ellis (True Blood), Musiq Soulchild and more in celebrating the best in music.

The Original 7Ven, Formerly Known as The Time, is the Opening Act of the 2011 "SOUL TRAIN AWARDS"

Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, Mindless Behavior, Robin Thicke, Keith Sweat.

Newly Added Performers: Common, Cee Lo Green, Freddie Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michelle, Marsha Ambrosius

Wolf Blitzer and Doug E. Fresh Return with New Surprises, Joined by Today's Hottest Talent Including Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Melissa De Sousa, Amber Rose, Shaunie O'Neal and Many More


Chris Brown Leads the Pack with Five Nominations Followed By Beyonce and Kanye West with Four Nominations

CNN's Wolf Blitzer and hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh had such a great time teaching everyone how to do the "Dougie" at last year's awards that they have both decided to return to the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS with another surprise. Basketball great and Chairman of Vibe Media LLC, owner of STHoldings, Vibe and Uptown Magazine, Earvin "Magic" Johnson will serve as a presenter, joining the iconic Valerie Simpson, actors Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Melissa De Sousa, Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, Nelsan Ellis, Amber Rose, DJ Just Blaze, Kel Mitchell, Shaunie O'Neal and many more who will also grace the Soul Train stage. Additionally, world-renowned drummer for The Roots and producer ?uestlove will also develop a revamped rendition of the "Soul Train" opening song. The 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS promises the most electrifying evening in entertainment with previously announced performers including, the Original 7ven, The Group Formerly Known As The Time, Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, Robin Thicke, Melanie Fiona, Keith Sweat, Bebe Winans, Joe, Lalah Hathaway and Kenny Latimore.

The
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will acknowledge the achievements of today's most famed entertainers in 11 categories. R&B superstar Chris Brown is leading the pack with five nominations across multiple categories. Chris Brown's nominations include Best Male R&B/Soul Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year and Best Dance Performance. International sensation Beyonce receives nominations in the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female R&B/Soul Artist and Best Dance Performance categories. Kanye West is tied with Beyonce with four nominations in three categories (Best Hip Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year) and is followed by three nominations for artists Kelly Rowland, Adele, Marsha Ambrosius, and Miguel.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011 NOMINEES

NOMINEES AND CATEGORIES




Best New Artist

Best Male R&B/Soul Artist


Bruno Mars

Trey Songz


Marsha Ambrosius

Chris Brown


Miguel

R. Kelly


Frank Ocean

Miguel



Cee Lo Green



Eric Benet


Centric Award



Ledisi

Best Caribbean Performance


Raphael Saddiq

Man Down-Rihanna


Bilal

Summer Time-Vybz Kartel


Anthony David

Wotless-Kes The Band


Aloe Blacc

Bend Over-Machel Montano



Delilah-Movado


Best Gospel Performance



I Smile-Kirk Franklin

Album of the Year


Walking-Mary Mary

21-Adele


Heaven Hear My Heart-Trin-I-Tee 5:7

F.A.M.E.- Chris Brown


I Believe-James Fortune feat. Shawn McLemore

4-Beyonce


More-Cece Winans

Passion Pain & Pleasure-Trey Songz



Light of the Sun-Jill Scott


Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

Watch The Throne-Jay Z/Kanye West


Moment for Life-Nicki Minaj



All of the Lights-Kanye West



Look at Me Now-Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil' Wayne



Out of My Head-Lupe Fiasco



Otis-Jay Z/Kanye West






Best Female R&B/Soul Artist

Song of the Year


Kelly Rowland

Motivation-Kelly Rowland feat. Lil' Wayne


Beyonce

Sure Thing-Miguel


Marsha Ambrosius

Rolling in the Deep-Adele


Jennifer Hudson

She Ain't You-Chris Brown


Jill Scott

All of the Lights- Kanye West


Mary J. Blige

So In Love-Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton






Record of the Year (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award)


Rolling in the Deep-Adele (Writers: Adele, Paul Epworth)


Far Away-Marsha Ambrosius (Writers: Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms)


Best Thing I Never Had-Beyonce (Writers: Antonio Dixon; Kenneth Edmonds; Larry Griffin, Jr.; Beyonce Knowles; Caleb McCampbell; Patrick Smith; Shea Taylor)


Good Man-Raphael Saddiq (Writers: Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson)


Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)-Michael Jackson (Writers: Aliaune Thiam (Akon), Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly)




Best Dance Performance


Motivation-Kelly Rowland


Only Girl in the World//What's My Name-Rihanna


Run The World-Beyonce


She Ain't You-Chris Brown


Walking-Mary Mary


Pretty Girl Rock-Keri Hilson



The third annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS readies an extraordinary show for this year's presentation, taping on Thursday, November 17 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Hosted by the original king of comedy, Cedric "The Entertainer", the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 27 at 9:00 PM*. Legendary group The Original 7Ven, The Group Formerly Known As The Time will open the show with an explosive performance, followed by multi-Grammy Award winning songstress Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, Mindless Behavior, Robin Thicke, Lloyd, Miguel, Melanie Fiona, Keith Sweat, BeBe Winans, Joe, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Latimore. They will all light up the stage with performances and first-ever collaborations to honor this year's Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind and Fire and Gladys Knight.

"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever on Sunday, November 6 at 8pm*

CENTRIC Announces The 3rd Annual Soul Train Awards 2011


The classic music awards show that highlights R&B music's finest and bridges the gap between the soulful sounds of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Celebrated actor and stand-up comedian Cedric the Entertainer will host the 3rd annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, taping at the iconic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, November 17 and premiering on both CENTRIC and BET in a special simulcast at 9:00 PM* ET on Sunday, November 27.

Celebrating 40 years, the 3rd annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will honor the longstanding careers and musical influences of the renowned group Earth, Wind, and Fire and "Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight.

"We are honored to be celebrating 40 years of Soul Train by bringing the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS back to CENTRIC," stated Paxton Baker, CENTRIC's General Manager and Executive Vice President. "The Soul Train brand has played a fundamental role in shaping American culture. With such a dynamic host and illustrious legends, I am confident that this year's show will be the best yet."

"We are thrilled to have an opportunity to partner with BET/Centric again to produce another SOUL TRAIN AWARDS presentation," said Soul Train CEO Kenard Gibbs. "These annual awards allow us to celebrate the legacy of the Soul Train brand by showcasing amazing new talent that has been influenced by the music icons who have contributed to the success of the Soul Train series."

Charismatic actor/ comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit films as "Barbershop," "Be Cool," "Madagascar," "Intolerable Cruelty," and "The Original Kings of Comedy" to name a few. He most recently co-starred opposite Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in the comedy feature "Larry Crowne" and will next be seen starring in the political drama "Grass Roots" directed by Steven Gyllenhaal. He then lends his voice to the animated feature "Madagascar 3." Cedric's universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world. As a philanthropist, Cedric founded "The Cedric 'The Entertainer' Charitable Foundation", which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He plans to extend the foundation nationally. Cedric has awarded over 100 scholarships and countless incentives through his foundation.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced by BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media and directed by Manny Rodriguez. Paxton Baker, CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager, Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC Vice President of Specials and Music and Derek Lewis, Vice President of Production Programming; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings' Kenard Gibbs will all be the executive producers of the network telecast. The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced in cooperation with the City of Atlanta led by Mayor Kasim Reed and Stacii Jae Johnson, Special Events Director for the Office of the Mayor. For more information, please visit www.centrictv.com.

*All times ET


Lil' Wayne Takes Home 5 Awards, Busta Rhymes Takes Home 4, Nicki Minaj Takes Home MVP of the Year.

Kanye West Wins Top Honors With CD of the Year With "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

The following are the list of winners from the 2011 BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2011...

Best Hip Hop Video

Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now





Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab)

Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now





Best Live Performer

Lil Wayne





Lyricist of the Year

Lil Wayne





Video Director of the Year

Hype Williams





Producer of the Year

Lex Luger





MVP of the Year

Nicki Minaj





Track of the Year

Black and Yellow – Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)





CD of the Year

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy





DJ of the Year

DJ Khaled





Rookie of the Year

Wiz Khalifa





Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)

Nicki Minaj





Best Hip Hop Online Site

World Star Hip Hop.com





Best Club Banger

Waka Flocka Flame f/ Roscoe Dash & Wale – No Hands



(Produced by Drumma Boy)





Best Mixtape

J. Cole – Friday Night Lights





Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now



(Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)





Hustler of the Year

Jay-Z





People's Champ Award powered by Verizon (Viewers' Choice)

Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now




Seven sets of cyphers from the best in the business - Eminem, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Joe Budden, Yelawolf, Estelle, Busta Rhymes, Ace Hood, Blind Fury, Mike Epps and many more. LL COOL J was honored as the 2011 recipient of the "I AM HIP-HOP" Icon Award, and received it with a poignant acceptance speech. Part rap, part reminiscence, it was lyrical gold and irrefutable confirmation that the right man had been selected for the distinction.

The sixth annual "BET HIP HOP AWARDS" brought the hip hop heat with the highly anticipated homecoming of Atlanta native T.I., who performed "F.A.M.E." alongside Young Jeezy and literally ignited the stage with their phenomenal performance. Hosted by comedian Mike Epps, the "BET HIP HOP AWARDS" was a night filled with brilliant collaborations. DMX stormed the stage with Ruff Ryders alum Swizz Beatz; G.O.O.D Music's newest stars Big Sean and Roscoe Dash did it bringing the audience to their feet with hit singles "I Do It" and "Marvin & Chardonnay." Maybach Music Group came through deep with Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill with special guest El Debarge supplying his legendary falsetto to "That Way." Wiz Khalifa gave an all energy performance of "Taylor Gang" and Heavy D made his return to the stage with Tyrese, a catalogue of hits and a crew of old school hip hop dancers.

BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2011

BET HOT 16

T.I. DMX Were The Suprise Performers At BET HIP AWARDS 2011

Show Taping took place October 1st in Atlanta, Georgia.
T.I. performed his just-leaked single "I'm Flexin'" and
his new collabo with Young Jeezy, "F.A.M.E." Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Red Cross, and others graced the stage. The show airs on October 11th 8P/7C on BET.


50 CENT Has Launched A Range Of Energy Drinks "STREET KING" To Feed Impoverished African Children

On September 14th 2011, 50 Cent took over Times Square in NYC for the launch of his new energy shots, Street King.
Giving away samples, hats, shirts and other goodies, 50 Cent gathered a few hundred people around the SK bus.

50 CENT said that the Street King drinks have already generated enough sales to feed 2.5 million kids in Africa, ever shot sold feeds a child, but he hopes more celebrity endorsers will help him provide food for 1 billion by 2016. www.streetking.com

"Black Girls Rock!™ 2011" to Honor Angela Davis, Shirley Caesar, Taraji P. Henson, Laurel J. Richie, Imani Walker, Malika Saada Saar, and Tatyana Ali as This Year's Celebrants

MARY J. BLIGE, ERYKAH BADU, JILL SCOTT, MELANIE FIONA, MARY MARY, ELLE VARNER, AND SHIRLEY CAESAR ADDED TO "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" PERFORMANCE LINEUP

ALEK WEK, LA LA ANTHONY, TICHINA ARNOLD, AND SHARON LEAL JOIN CO-HOSTS TRACEE ELLIS ROSS AND REGINA KING AS PRESENTERS AT THE HISTORIC PARADISE THEATER BRONX, NY

Tape Date October 15th, 2011 / Network Premiere November 6th, 2011 at 8 P.M.*

The two-hour event will be a star-studded evening celebrating the strengths, triumphs and talents of Black women. This year's much-deserving celebrants and award recipients include: Academy Award-nominee Taraji P. Henson – Star Power Award; political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis – Icon Award; gospel singer Shirley Caesar – Living Legend Award; actress and singer Tatyana Ali – Young, Black & Gifted Award; President of WNBA and former Girl Scouts USA executive Laurel J. Richie – Shot Caller Award; and The Rebecca Project for Human Rights co-founders Imani Walker and Malika Saada Saar – Trailblazer Awards.

"THE BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2011" PREMIERES AT 8:00P.M.* FOLLOWED BY THE SERIES PREMIERE OF A NEW, ORIGINAL SERIES, "REED BETWEEN THE LINES" AT 10:00 P.M.* ON BET TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11

Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcom-Jamal Warner return to television on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00PM and 10:30 PM, in BET Networks' brand new original scripted comedy series REED BETWEEN THE LINES. Also starring Anna Maria Horsford and Melissa DeSousa, REED BETWEEN THE LINES is a modern day love story that follows a sexy, successful, African-American couple juggling three kids – Keenan (Nadji Anthony Jeter), Kaci (Zoe Soul) and Alexis (Zoe Hendrix), demanding careers and outspoken coworkers (Anna Maria Horsford and Melissa De Sousa).

Throughout the series, Dr. Carla Reed (Tracee Ellis Ross) has to manage multiple roles as psychologist, wife, mother, and friend. In the first episode we see just how sticky multi-tasking can be when a female patient battling sex addiction ends up way too close to home. In the second episode, Dr. Alex Reed (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) realizes being an NYU professor is sometimes easier than being a home-schooling dad as he struggles to find the fine line between supportive and smothering when it comes to his baby girl Alexis.

REED BETWEEN THE LINES is executive produced by Arthur Harris, Jacque Edmonds Cofer and Warren Hutcherson. The series is produced by Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.


LL COOL J To Be Honored as This Year's "I AM HIP-HOP ICON" Award Recipient at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011


Celebrating its sixth year, the "BET Hip Hop Awards," hosted by comedian Mike Epps, will tape at The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, October 1, 2011 and will premiere on the network on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 8 p.m.* This year's show will honor LL COOL J with the "I AM HIP-HOP ICON" Award.


What began for LL COOL J in the nascent, burgeoning rap and hip hop scene of the 80's, has now seeped throughout the musical and cultural phenomenon that is today's hip hop. All the while, LL COOL J has remained a musical and cultural force. First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, the multi-platinum two-time GRAMMY Award-winner is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums and is currently tied for third place for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper.

A talented actor, LL currently stars on the #1 hit CBS show "NCIS: Los Angeles", which returns for its third season this fall and has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows ("Any Given Sunday," "Charlie's Angels," "30 Rock").

An NAACP Image Award winner, LL is also the world wide ambassador for Gendarme and runs the popular social media music website Boomdizzle.com. He has also released four books, including his Autobiography "I Make My Own Rules," children's book "And The Winner Is..." and the New York Times bestselling workout book "LL COOL J's Platinum Workout" and the inspirational lifestyle/fitness book "LL COOL J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle," which was just released in paperback.

Previous "I AM HIP-HOP ICON" recipients include Grandmaster Flash (2006); KRS-One (2007); Russell Simmons (2008); Ice Cube (2009) and Salt N Pepa (2010).


The Following is the Full List of BET HIP HOP AWARDS '11 Nominees and Categories:




Best Hip Hop Video


Big Sean f/ Chris Brown – My Last


Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now


DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – I'm On One


Eminem f/ Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie


Kanye West f/ Rihanna – All Of The Lights




Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab)


Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – Hustle Hard (Remix)


Big K.R.I.T. f/ Ludacris & Bun B – Country Sh*t (Remix)


Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now


DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – I'm On One


Lupe Fiasco f/ Trey Songz – Out Of My Head




Best Live Performer


Busta Rhymes


Cee-Lo Green


Jay-Z


Lil Wayne


Kanye West




Lyricist of the Year


Jay-Z


Lil Wayne


Nicki Minaj


Rick Ross


Kanye West




Video Director of the Year


Gil Green


Anthony Mandler


Chris Robinson


Kanye West


Hype Williams




Producer of the Year


J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League


Kane Beatz


Lex Luger


No I.D.


Kanye West, Emile, Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean




MVP of the Year


Lil Wayne


Nicki Minaj


Rick Ross


Kanye West


Wiz Khalifa




Track of the Year


6 Foot 7 Foot – Produced by Bangladesh (Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz)


Black and Yellow – Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)


I'm On One – Produced by T-Minus (DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)


Look At Me Now – Produced by Diplo & Afrojack (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne &


Busta Rhymes)


My Last – Produced by Lex Luger (Big Sean f/ Chris Brown)




CD of the Year


Big Sean – Finally Famous


Lupe Fiasco – LASERS


Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday


Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers




DJ of the Year


DJ Drama


DJ Enuff


DJ Envy


DJ Khaled


DJ Prostyle




Rookie of the Year


Big K.R.I.T.


Big Sean


Frank Ocean


Diggy Simmons


Tyler the Creator


Wiz Khalifa




Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)


Jay-Z


Lil Wayne


Nicki Minaj


Kanye West


Wiz Khalifa




Best Hip Hop Online Site


All Hip Hop.com


Bossip.com


Nah Right.com


Rap Radar.com


World Star Hip Hop.com




Best Club Banger


Ace Hood – Hustle Hard (Produced by Lex Luger)


DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – I'm On One (Produced by T-Minus)


Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – 6 foot 7 foot (Produced by Bangladesh)


Waka Flocka Flame – No Hands (Produced by Lex Luger)


Wiz Khalifa – Black And Yellow (Produced by Stargate)


YC Worldwide f/ Future – Racks (Produced by Sonny Digital)




Best Mixtape


Big K.R.I.T. – Return Of 4Eva


B.o.B – No Genre


J. Cole – Friday Night Lights


Kendrick Lamar – Section .80


Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra




Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse


Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)


Lil Wayne – Motivation (Kelly Rowland f/ Lil Wayne)


Nicki Minaj – Monster (Kanye West f/ Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver)


Wiz Khalifa – Bright Lights, Bigger City (Cee-Lo Green f/ Wiz Khalifa)


Wiz Khalifa – Till I'm Gone (Tinie Tempah f/ Wiz Khalifa)




Hustler of the Year


Diddy


Jay-Z


Lil Wayne


Rick Ross


Kanye West




Verizon People's Champ Award (Viewers' Choice)


Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now


Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – 6 Foot 7 Foot


Nicki Minaj f/ Drake – Moment 4 Life


Kanye West f/ Rihanna – All of The Lights


Wiz Khalifa – Black And Yellow





For more on the BET HIP HOP AWARDS '11, please visit: www.bet.com/hiphopawards.

This year, BET once again teams up with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards® and the record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen G. Hill, BET President, Music and Programming, along with Lynne Harris Taylor, BET Vice President of Specials, are executive producers of the telecast.

Tickets for the BET HIP HOP AWARDS '11 are by invite only and not available for purchase.


Comedian Mike Epps Returns to Host Hip Hop's Crowning Night

Maybach Music's Meek Mill Confirmed For This Year's Cyphers


BET's hit music countdown show, 106 & PARK, announced today the exciting list of nominees for the Networks' sixth annual BET HIP HOP AWARDS. During the live taping, rappers Busta Rhymes, Big K.R.I.T. and Meek Mill joined host Terrence and Rocsi as the two revealed the names of this year's top runners. Rapper Lil Wayne leads the pack of contenders with a record-breaking 18 nominations, followed by Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa tied with 9 nods each and Rick Ross with 8 nods. Maybach Music newcomer, Meek Mill, also announced his inclusion in the highly anticipated cypher segments of the show. Actor and comedian Mike Epps added to the excitement and confirmed his return as third time host. Hip hop's main event will return to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta on Saturday, October 1 with the Network premiere on Tuesday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m.*


Lil Wayne has had an extraordinary year and now has 18 record-breaking BET HIP HOP AWARDS nominations to prove it. Chosen from an illustrious academy of music and entertainment executives, media and influencers, he's been nominated for Best Hip Hop Video, Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab), Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Track of the Year, Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style), Best Club Banger, Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse, Hustler of the Year and two consecutive nominations for Verizon People's Champ Award (Viewers' Choice) with videos "Look At Me Now" and "6 Foot 7 Foot."

Celebrating the biggest names in the game, newcomers on the scene, and shining a light on the community, the BET HIP HOP AWARDS '11 is ready to salute the best of the best in hip hop culture.

*All times are ET/PT.


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Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King Redefine Power and Influence as This Year's "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" Co-Hosts

"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" Heads Back to the Historic Paradise Theater Bronx, NY

Tape Date October 15, 2011 / Network Premiere November 6, 2011 at 8 P.M.*

BET Networks rejoins forces with Beverly Bond, founder and CEO BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ for the second annual televised "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" special. Dedicated to honoring exceptional women of color around the world who stand as inspirational and positive role models, "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" is back with two talented co-hosts, Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. Beautiful, multifaceted and empowering, this duo promises to bring elegance, intelligence and glamour to the telecast as BET Networks and BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ celebrate the achievements of this year's honorees. "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" tapes October 15, 2011 at the historic Paradise Theater Bronx, NY and will make its network premiere on Sunday, November 6 at 8:00 P.M.*


The two-hour event will be a star-studded evening celebrating the strengths, triumphs and talents of Black women. Last year's recipients included: Ruby Dee - Living Legend Award; Missy Elliot – Visionary Award; Raven Symone - Young, Black & Gifted Award; Keke Palmer - Who Got Next Award; Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant - Motivator Award; Africa.com founder Teresa Clarke - Shot Caller Award; and Major General Marcelite J. Harris the nation's highest ranking African-American woman in the Department of Defense - Trailblazer Award.

This year's "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" celebration will once again deliver phenomenal performances from today's leading Black female entertainers. Last year's performance of Nina Simone's "Four Women" by Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott and Ledisi was an instant classic fueled by undeniable strength, beauty, talent and passion. This year, viewers can expect more magical moments that are sure to empower, entertain and elevate the soul and senses.

The televised special, "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011" is a BET Networks and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc. production. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Founder and CEO, Beverly Bond executive produces the telecast along with Stephen Hill, President, Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks and Connie Orlando, Eugene Caldwell, Salli Frattini, BET Networks.

*All times ET/PT

About BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™

Founded by celebrity DJ and Philanthropist, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ is dedicated to promoting positive images of women of color in mass media. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls since 2006. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Inc. seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons and helping them to empower themselves. For additional information on BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™, visit www.blackgirlsrock.org.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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'Sunday Best' AMBER ROSE Shines

BET's Sunday Best Finale Telecast Ranks as the #1 in Franchise History and BET’s #1 Reality Series of the Season! as 2.3 Million Viewers Watched Amber Bullock Take Home the Title: 'SUNDAY BEST'

Lil Wayne's new CD "Tha Carter IV" sells 964,000 units in 1st week

The figures were released by Nielsen SoundScan
Lil Wayne made "Tha Carter IV" available for digital download immediately after an appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards and released a physical CD two days later


BET Networks Begins Production on Original Film, "GUN HILL," Starring Larenz Tate, Tawny Cypress and Aisha Hinds in New York City

GUN HILL is Written and Directed By Reggie "Rock" Bythewood

BET Networks announced today that it will begin production on a new original movie for television, GUN HILL, in New York City. The film, which stars seasoned actors Larenz Tate, Tawny Cypress and Aisha Hinds, is a fast-paced, gritty cop drama which brings a fresh spin to the Cain and Abel saga set in New York City. Identical twins with little in common – one is a cop, the other a con – change in an instant as their lives become intertwined one fateful night when the cop is killed and the con assumes his identity.

Acting veteran Tate lends his talents to star in a dual role in GUN HILL. Tate's acting background boasts credits from films such as "Ray," "Crash," "Love Jones," "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," "Menace II Society" and most recently "Rescue Me." Tawny Cypress ("Heroes," "Rescue Me," "Third Watch") and Aisha Hinds ("True Blood," "Hawthorne," "Detroit 1-8-7") also star in the film. GUN HILL is written, directed and executive produced by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood ("New York Undercover," "Notorious") and Don Kurt ("Justified," "New York Undercover," "Biker Boyz") is the executive producer.


AALIYAH: ONE IN A MILLION seen by 1.1 MIL viewers posting strong double-digit time-slot gains & ranks among top BET Music Telecasts in 2011



Video Music Awards score biggest audience ever for MTV with more than 12 million viewers

Between Beyonce’s baby bump and Lady Gaga dressed in drag, and the late British singer Amy Winehouse was remembered in a moving tribute--The Video Music Awards brought MTV its biggest audience in MTV's history
BET Networks Presents The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

The Urbanworld Film Festival Presented by BET Networks Announces 2011 Festival Slate & Celebrates 15th Anniversary


Urbanworld Adds 50 Cent's "All Things Fall Apart" to Slate; Chris Rock & More to Attend

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50 Cent was recently forced to change the name of his upcoming film "Things Falls Apart" over a copyright dispute involving the title

A famed Nigerian author won a recent legal battle against 50 Cent over the title of his film “Things Fall Apart.”
50 and company attempted settle out of court with the African author’s foundation, offering them $1 million to use.

Achebe's legal representatives Stated: "won’t be sold for even $1 billion".

Chinua Achebe is widely recognized as Africa’s leading novelist. Born on November 16, 1930. In addition to five outstanding novels, Achebe has also established a reputation as a formidable essayist, poet, and critic. He is currently the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts at Brown University, one of America’s Ivy League schools located in Providence, Rhode Island. Professor Achebe is best known for his first novel, "Things Fall Apart",which was included on the list of Time magazine’s All Time Top 100 Novels

The novel was initially produced in 1958 and is the Most read Title in modern African literature.


the movie was “written by 50 and is loosely based on the life of his childhood best friend. [In the movie] 50 Cent goes from a dread-locked NFL hopeful to a cancer victim.” The film stars Ray Liotta alongside, 50 Cent, and is directed by Mario Van Peebles, who also appears in the movie.
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Additionally, comedian Chris Rock will be in attendance to support the world premiere of Diane Paragas' and Nelson George's Brooklyn Boheme (Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams), Urbanworld's Opening Night Selection

The nation's largest competitive multicultural film fest will convene in NYC Sept 14-18, 2011

The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks has added Mario Van Peebles' "All Things Fall Apart" to its lineup. The film, starring Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in a transformative role as a star college football player, joins a diverse slate of nearly 60 films that will be featured at the New York-based festival from September 14-18, 2011 at AMC 34th Street in midtown Manhattan. The screening of "All Things Fall Apart" takes place Friday, September 16 at 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A with director Peebles and actress Lynn Whitfield.

"Brooklyn Boheme" Selected as Opening Night Film "Kinyarwanda" is Closing Night Selection

The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), presented by BET Networks, announced today that the world premiere of Diane Paragas' and Nelson George's Brooklyn Boheme (Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams) will serve as Opening Night selection for the festival, which will take place September 14-18, 2011 in midtown Manhattan at AMC 34th Street.

BET Networks returns for a fourth year as presenting sponsor along with founding sponsor HBO, who will host the Urbanworld Digital program again this year.

Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda, a feature narrative based on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is the festival's Closing Night Selection. Kinyarwanda earned the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and is also the second release (in theatres November 2011) from AFFRM (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement), an Urbanworld partner.

The nation's largest competitive multicultural film festival, Urbanworld also announced its 2011 official selections for the narrative feature, documentary feature, documentary short, and narrative short categories. The festival will screen 58 films, including 17 world premieres.

Highlights of Urbanworld 2011 include: the Horne Brothers' The Start of Dreams, a documentary set in the world of Broadway and starring Kenny Leon, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and more; Ty Hodges' You, Me & the Circus, produced by Omar Epps; Parrish Smith's The Scroll, a documentary featuring T.D. Jakes, Rev. Al Sharpton, Bishop Eddie Long, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. A.R. Bernard and more; Victoria Mahoney's Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe; Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, a production of Vh1 Rock Docs in association with Prodigious Media; narrated/executive produced by Ice-T and starring Snoop Dogg, Rza, Raekwon, ?uestlove, Too $hort and Chuck D; and the season two premiere of HBO Presents: How to Make It In America, starring Kid Cudi.

In addition, the festival will present the work of five Urbanworld Screenplay Competition finalists in live readings. This private event will be hosted by BET Networks, the sponsor of the screenplay competition category, as well as the 2nd Annual BET / Urbanworld Teleplay competition, both of which deliver a $5,000 prize to the winner. Finalists include: After the Storm written by Cole Wiley; Blackbird written by David Polk; My Heart Skipped a Beat written by R. Shanea Williams; The Divide written by Rashmi Singh; and By My Boot Straps written by Debra Azemar.

"We are proud to enter our 15th year of celebrating the artistry and genius of multicultural films and filmmakers from around the globe," said Stacy Spikes, founder of Urbanworld. "Once again, BET's and HBO's invaluable partnerships will allow us to bring more than 17 world premieres to a national audience."

"BET Networks is thrilled to support the 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival celebrating the amazing creativity and work of such talented filmmakers," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "This is the leading showcase for multicultural films, many of which connect with our audience, and we applaud the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc. for its continuous leadership in redefining the multicultural roles in the world of film entertainment."

Urbanworld Film Festival 2011 Roster

Opening Night:

  • Brooklyn Boheme, directed by Diane Paragas and Nelson George – World Premiere

Closing Night:

  • Kinyarwanda, directed by Alrick Brown – New York Premiere

Spotlights:

  • HBO Presents: How To Make It In America – Sneak Peak, Season 2 Episodes
  • I Want My Name Back, directed by Roger Paradiso – Work In Progress
  • Mamitas, directed by Nicholas Ozeki – New York Premiere
  • Outside In: The Story of Art in the Streets, directed by Alex Stapleton – East Coast Premiere
  • Vh1's Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Directed by Rob Lowe and Martin Torgoff – World Premiere

Narrative Features:

  • Life Love Soul, directed by Noel Calloway – New York Premiere
  • Make A Movie Like Spike, directed by Jamil Walker Smith – New York Premiere
  • Restless City, directed by Matthew Parker
  • Yelling to the Sky, directed by Victoria Mahoney
  • You, Me & The Circus, directed by Ty Hodges – East Coast Premiere

Documentary Features:

  • Love Arranged, directed by Soniya Kirpalani – World Premiere
  • Sole of a Hustla, directed by Chad Heeter – New York Premiere
  • Sonia Sanchez: Shake Loose Memories, directed by Jamal Joseph – World Premiere
  • The Learning, directed by Ramona Diaz
  • The Scroll, directed by Parrish Smith – New York Premiere
  • The Start of Dreams, directed by The Horne Brothers – New York Premiere
  • Zero Percent, directed by Tim Skousen – New York Premiere

Documentary Shorts:

  • Common Ground, directed by Holli Fifer – World Premiere
  • Jamaica House, directed by Al Graag – World Premiere
  • Love Lockdown, directed by Nadia Hallgren
  • The Line of Departure, directed by Folleh Tamba – New York Premiere
  • The Rhythm of My Life – Ismael Sankara, directed by Franck Onouviet & Marc A. Tchicot – US Premiere

Narrative Shorts:

  • A Higher Power, directed by Jacolby Percy – East Coast Premiere
  • Black Bayou, directed by Jonas Carpignano – New York Premiere
  • Black Swan Theory, directed by Nikyatu Jusu
  • The Boxer, directed by David Au – East Coast Premiere
  • Bump, directed by Rodney Lee – World Premiere
  • Burned, directed by Phyllis Toben Bancroft – New York Premiere
  • Camilo, directed by Rafael Salazar Moreno – World Premiere

  • Counterfeit, directed by Geoff Bailey – New York Premiere
  • Crazy Beats Strong Every Time, directed by Moon Molson – New York Premiere
  • Digital Antiquities, directed by J.P. Chan – World Premiere
  • Homage to Bela, A Prelude, directed by Randy Wilkins – World Premiere
  • Jemila's Tale, directed by Christina L. Bryant – World Premiere
  • Jerk Chicken, directed by Samuel Stewart – US Premiere
  • Karim, directed by Carl Seaton – World Premiere
  • L.A. Coffin School, directed by Erin Li – New York Premiere
  • Men in Love, directed by Keith Davis
  • Reform, directed by Jamal Caesar – World Premiere
  • Silencio Fuerte, directed by Ozzy Villazon – New York Premiere
  • The Man In The Glass Case, directed by Maxwell Addae – World Premiere
  • The Package, directed by Natasha Parker – World Premiere
  • The Street Performer, directed by Lamont Stephens – World Premiere
  • The Tombs, directed by Jerry LaMothe – New York Premiere
  • Underground, directed by Akil DuPont – East Coast Premiere
  • Wake, directed by Bree Newsome
  • When Cars Sing, directed by Fabien Ortiz – World Premiere
  • Wolf Call, directed by Rob Underhill – New York Premiere

Screenplay Finalists:

  • AFTER THE STORM – Cole Wiley
  • BLACKBIRD – David Polk
  • MY HEART SKIPPED A BEAT – R. Shanea Williams
  • THE DIVIDE – Rashmi Singh
  • BY MY BOOT STRAPS – Debra Azemar

Narrative Shorts Jurors

  • Alyce Myatt – Director of Media Arts, NEA (National Endowment for the Arts)
  • Tambay Obenson – Filmmaker, Film Critic and Creator, Shadow & Act
  • Effie T. Brown – Producer (Rocket Science)

Narrative Features Jurors

  • Lauren Craniotes – VP of Productions, Sony Pictures
  • Barry Jenkins – Writer & Director (Medicine for Melancholy)
  • Stephanie Allain – Producer (Hustle & Flow)
  • Dori Begley – Director of Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures
  • Roger Bobb – President, Bobbcat Films (House Of Payne)

Documentary Shorts & Features Jurors

  • Jeff Zimbalist – Writer & Director (Favela Rising)
  • Jackie Glover – VP of Documentary Films, HBO
  • Valerie Watts Meraz – VP of Content Acquisitions, Showtime Networks

Screenplays Jurors

  • Moikgantsi Kgama – Founder, ImageNation
  • Jae Kim – Senior Director of Original Programming, BET Networks
  • Glendon Palmer – VP of Development, Our Stories Films
  • Paul Hall – CEO/Founder, Paul Hall Productions (For Colored Girls)
  • Ava DuVernay – Writer, Director, & Producer (I Will Follow)

Teleplay Jurors

  • Jae Kim – Senior Director of Original Programming, BET Networks
  • Tamara Gregory – Senior Director, Original Programming, BET Networks
  • Rickey Austyn Biggers – Senior Director of Development for BET Networks

About Urbanworld

The Urbanworld® Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes features, documentaries, short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the 2nd Annual Urbanworld® Digital, a 1-day Conference during the festival focused on digital and social media. Over the last fourteen years, Hollywood studios and talent-driven independent films have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits. Urbanworld® has also become home to some of today's top brands who wish to reach key influencers and media & entertainment leaders across the multicultural landscape. The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes dedicated to redefining the multicultural roles in contemporary cinema, television, and online, by implementing programs and initiatives that support the development of the urban content creation community. Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer of the Urbanworld Film Festival, as well as ancillary Urbanworld Foundation endeavors. For this year's 2011 festival, BET Networks returns as the Presenting Sponsor. HBO continues support as the Founding Sponsor. Media Sponsors include Vibe, Uptown, BET.com, TheUrbanDaily, Hello Beautiful, Essence, Rolling Out and Carter Magazine. Benefactor Sponsors include AMC Theatres, Directors Guild of America - New York, and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The festival website is www.urbanworld.org

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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2011

BET Networks Celebrates the Unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial with a Special Programming Lineup on BET and CENTRIC on Sunday, August 28th

BET News Taps Hill Harper to Host the Untold Story of MLK's Life as a Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in ALPHA MAN: THE BROTHERHOOD OF MLK Followed by MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA, an In-Depth Look at Michelle Obama's Historic Dip

Exclusive Video Content and Extended News Coverage on BET.com

BET Networks Celebrates the Unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial with a Special Programming Lineup on BET and CENTRIC on Sunday, August 28 BET News Taps Hill Harper to Host the Untold Story of MLK's Life as a Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in ALPHA MAN: THE BROTHERHOOD OF MLK Followed by MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA, an In-Depth Look at Michelle Obama's Historic Dip Exclusive Video Content and Extended News Coverage on BET.com

BET Networks honors the legacy of the civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., with a special day of programming on BET and CENTRIC in celebration of the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, August 28.


"BET Networks is truly honored to be a partner with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation and support such an important moment for our country, and especially for African-Americans," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "We are proud to honor his legacy and dedicate an entire day to this on BET and CENTRIC."

"The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation is humbled and honored to have the support and commitment of BET Networks to make sure the Memorial and dedication week reflect the dignity and inspiration of Dr. King's legacy," said Harry E. Johnson Sr., President and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

Announced during NABJ Annual Conference in Philadelphia, BET News will premiere two new compelling half-hour specials during BET's MLK lineup: ALPHA MAN: THE BROTHERHOOD OF MLK and MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA. ALPHA MAN: THE BROTHERHOOD OF MLK is a character driven television news special that traces the lineage of King's role in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. during his time as a young graduate student in divinity school in Boston. It also tells the story of how years later his fraternity brothers beat the odds to help make his National Memorial a reality. Featuring never-before-seen footage and first person accounts of King's life as a 23-year old divinity student in Boston, actor Hill Harper takes viewers through the compelling account of King's iconic rise from a 1952 Alpha pledgee to Nobel Prize-winner and leading civil rights pioneer whose impact is still felt today.

Immediately following is the premiere of MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA at 7:30 p.m.* that captures the First Lady's inspiring international journey to South Africa and Botswana. Told from the point of view of both the First Lady and the communities she visited in Africa, MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA features exclusive up close and personal footage of Mrs. Obama's historic visit as she spreads a message of unity and hope. Seasoned Nigerian-American journalist and former CNN reporter Lola Ogunnaike serves as narrator and on-air correspondent for MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA.

In addition to these two original News specials, BET will commemorate the MLK Memorial Day with the following programs beginning at 9:00 a.m.* with LIFT EVERY VOICE; followed by KING miniseries at 9:30 a.m.*; MLK MEMORIAL DEDICATION WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA at 12:00 p.m.* (Live and Commercial-free); KING miniseries (continued) at 1:00 p.m.*; ALPHA MAN: THE BROTHERHOOD OF MLK at 7:00 p.m.* (encore at 11:30 p.m.*); MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA at 7:30 p.m.* (encore at 11:30 p.m.*); and, a brand new episode of SUNDAY BEST at 8:00 p.m.* (encore at 9:00 p.m.*). The Network will also air six "MLK Moments" interstitials featuring personal testimonials on the MLK Memorial from the cast of BET's REED BETWEEN THE LINES, Tracee Ellis Ross, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Anna Maria Horsford and Melissa De Sousa, as well as fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger and BET Networks CEO Debra Lee.

CENTRIC will also dedicate its lineup in celebration of the MLK Memorial Day with the following programs beginning at 9:00 a.m.* with OBAMA IN GHANA: THE UNTOLD STORY (encore at 1:00 p.m.*); followed by THE ROSA PARKS STORY at 10:00 a.m.*; MLK MEMORIAL DEDICATION WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA at 12:00 p.m.* (Live and Commercial-free); GREAT DEBATERS (movie) at 2:00 p.m.*; BOYCOTT (movie) at 4:30 p.m.*; KING miniseries at 7:00 p.m.*; ALPHA MAN: THE BROTHERHOOD OF MLK at 1:00 a.m.*; and, MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA at 1:30 a.m.*

ALPHA MAN: THE BROTHERHOOD OF MLK is produced by Rainforest Films exclusively for BET Networks. Hill Harper and Dianne Ashford serve as producers for this special with director Rob Hardy and Will Packer as executive producers.

MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION: IMPACT AFRICA is produced by the Public Affairs Media Group. James Blue serves as executive producer.

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BET.com to Premiere a Hot New Original Web Series "8 DAYS A WEEK" on Wednesday, August 24 at 8:00 P.M.*

The Pulsating 10-Part Web Series Will Take Viewers into the Lives of Six Young Adults Following Their Hip-Hop Dreams Under Hollywood's Flashing Lights

8 DAYS A WEEK, starring actor/rapper Justin "Irocc" Williams and Internet sensation Skye Townsend, marks BET.com's third original web series after the highly successful BUPPIES (Tatyana Ali) and SHOP TALK (Malik Yoba). "We are tremendously excited to debut 8 DAYS A WEEK on BET.com," said Martez Moore, BET Networks' EVP of Operations for Digital Media. "This project showcases the Networks' strong scripted capabilities and marks our first in-house produced web series." "8 DAYS A WEEK brings to life the energy, attitude, drive and relentless spirit of young African-Americans, in particular," said the series' creator Lyah Beth LeFlore. "I'm especially excited that the cast is so diverse and reflects the dreams, determination and day-to-day trials and triumphs of BET's core audience."

In the premiere episode, Blue Reynolds and J-Shine have just arrived to Hollywood and are ready to take over the city after J-Shine rips the stage at Club Heat until a mysterious girl catches Blue's attention and the night ends in disaster. Meanwhile, Blue's later encounter with a shady music industry player, connected with up-and-coming artist Tommy "Whiteboy" James' past may jeopardize his future in this town.

8 DAYS A WEEK is created and written by Lyah Beth LeFlore; and is directed and executive produced by Kenn Michael.

8 DAYS A WEEK Cast:

Blue Reynolds (played by Justin "Irocc" Williams) – the music mogul-in-the-making, who despite his father's wishes and family's legacy, is determined to change the game on his own terms

Jade Taylor (played by Skye Townsend) the struggling college coed, striving to become a psychologist

Jayson "J-Shine" Martin (played by Nicolas Green) – the musical prodigy and rapper hoping to be crowned the "next one"

Mamie "DJ Ill MaMa" Lopez (played by Alex Lynn Ward) – an ambitious deejay fighting to get her moment in the spotlight

Tommy "Whiteboy" James (played by Justin Jacoby) – an aspiring artist fighting the pull of his hustling past

Zoe Olivia Daniels (played by Skye P. Marshall) – a budding fashion designer with dreams of Paris runways

For more information about 8 DAYS A WEEK, please visit www.bet.com. Also, follow 8 DAYS A WEEK on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BET8DaysAWeek (hash tag: #8DaysAWeek) and join the Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/BET8DaysAWeek.

BET AWARDS 2011

Emmy Award-Nominated Laurieann Gibson Draws in 1.2 Million Viewers With Her Hot Moves for the Debut of "BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON" on BET

For 2011, Every Series Premiere On BET Has Averaged More Than 1 Million Viewers

BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON Top 20 Contestants Revealed!



More than one million dance fans tuned in to watch the premiere episode of BET's BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON on Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 p.m.* According to The Nielsen Company, 1.2 Million viewers and 923,000 households tuned in to watch the Emmy-nominated choreographer and creative director kickoff one of the most exciting dance competitions ever. The BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON series premiere telecast also posted double digit gains versus BET's season to date weeknight primetime average (up 54%). For 2011, every series premiere on BET to date has averaged more than 1 million viewers.


In last night's series premiere, BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON gave viewers a front row seat to witness the enthralling audition process and revealed this season's top 20 contestants. Thousands of hopefuls showed up for auditions in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles, but only the best were given the opportunity to move to a loft in Atlanta to work closely with Emmy Award-nominee choreographer and creative director to the stars Laurieann Gibson and get one step closer to their dreams.

Below are the Top 20:

Alexandra Rae Yeado – Dallas, TX


Andrea Gilmore – Van Nuys, CA


Christina Elese Webber – Memphis, TN


Endya Lauren Riley – Cincinnati, OH


Hennessy Rubio – Reseda, CA


Jahleeka Shakii Morris – Decatur, GA


Jessica Shull – Canyon Country, CA


Kaleila Jordon – North Hollywood, CA


Keisha Nicole Hughes – Charlotte, NC


Kristen Michelle Massenburg, Atlanta, GA


Kristina Castellano – Brooklyn, NY


Latasha Renee Bryant – Greensboro, NC


Latonya Swann – District Heights, MD


Lydia Sims – Detroit, MI


Neidra Danielle Lemon – Killeen, TX


Quiana Atherly – Laurel, MD


Sarah Mahmoodzaidehkhoei-Mundo – Katy, TX


Shannon Berry – Canoga Park, CA


Theresa Patterson – Jacksonville, FL


Theresa Stone – Manorville, NY


Over the course of eight weeks Gibson will unleash her hottest choreography and signature tough love to give these 20 aspiring young dancers the tools they need to take their careers to the next level and battle it out for the number one spot and the ultimate prize of $50,000. From week to week, they dance their way through a variety of creative challenges including: a music video competition, a commercial, and ultimately the chance to perform live with Lady Gaga in front of a packed arena in The Monster Ball Tour.

BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON is produced by BET Networks with executive producers Laurieann Gibson and The Ted & Perry Company.

For more information on BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON, please visit www.bet.com.




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Superstars Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, Miguel and Musiq Soulchild to Light Up the Stage At UNCF An Evening of Stars® Presented By Target

Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday, August 3rd For The All-Star Event At The Pasadena Civic Center On August 14th



BET Supersizes "106 & Park" To 3 Hour Format Through Labor Day


BET Supersizes "106 & Park" To 3 Hour Format Through Labor Day Weekend



Viola Davis, Zoe Saldana, Lamar Odom, Swizz Beatz, The Game, Dwight Howard,

Diggy Simmons Are Among Some of the Celebrities Stopping by the Hottest Spot of the Summer, 106 & PARK

NEW TIME: “106 & PARK” Airs Monday – Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*

TV’s #1 music countdown show just got better—BET announced that 106 & PARK will give its viewers an extra hour of fun for the summer with a brand new 3-hour format. Beginning Tuesday, July 26 until Friday, September 2, 2011, the newly upgraded 106 & PARK will be jammed packed with more music videos and the brightest stars in sports and entertainment. Hosted by the hottest duo on television, Terrence and Rocsi, 106 & PARK will continue to keep the party going weeknights beginning at a new time, 5:00 p.m. with appearances and performances by Oscar-nominated Viola Davis, NBA ballers Lamar Odom and Dwight Howard, Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Swizz Beatz, The Game, Ace Hood, Diggy Simmons, Twist, Trevante, Tyga and the sexy screen siren, Zoe Saldana.


106 & PARK fans will still be able to keep it live in the social media world with this new format through the 106 & Park App available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Viewers can vote for the hottest music videos, connect live with the show’s guests and studio audience and keep the conversation going with the more than 2 million fans following @106andPark on Twitter. A powerful presence in the music and entertainment industry, 106 & PARK remains the #1 music countdown show on cable for 15 consecutive quarters among adults, according to Nielsen Media Research, and has been integral in launching the careers of numerous hip-hop and R&B artists.



BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2011

Sixth annual BET HIP HOP AWARDS and SOUL TRAIN AWARDS to return to ATLANTA


BET AWARDS 2011 Celebrity VIDEO • PHOTOS • PERFORMANCES (News Updates)

BET AWARDS 2011 Belonged to Chris Brown With His Mind Blowing Performances, Collaborations, and Wins for Best Male Artist, Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice, Best Collaboration, and Video of the Year Awards

BET AWARDS 2011


LAURIEANN GIBSON Premiering Tuesday, August 2nd at 10:00 p.m.*

UNCF and BET Partner to Present UNCF An Evening Of Stars

"106 & PARK" PRESENTS: CLOSER TO MY DREAMS TOUR


CEE LO GREEN CHANNELS HIS INNER PATTI LABELLE IN FULL COSTUME DURING HER TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE FOR THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

JUSTIN BIEBER FLIRTS WITH NICKI MINAJ ON STAGE

ALICIA KEYS PERFORMS NEW SONG "TYPEWRITER" AND SHARES STAGE WITH BRUNO MARS AND RICK ROSS

STEVE HARVEY INSPIRES THE AUDIENCE AS THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD RECIPIENT


The hilarious Kevin Hart kept the crowd laughing out loud as a Hollywood House Husband during the BET AWARDS '11 opening act with Bobby Brown, Jermaine Dupri, Anthony Anderson, Nelly, and Nick Cannon. Chris Brown's powerful performance medley of "She Ain't You," "Look at Me Now," and "Paper Scissor Rock" illustrated just why he was named the 2011 Best Male R&B Artist, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award winner when he took to the stage in two performances collaborating with Busta Rhymes and Big Sean. Later, a precocious Justin Bieber propositioned Nicki Minaj on stage when he said, "I'm all grown up now. I turn 18 next year so...what's up?"


Legendary songstress and diva extraordinaire Patti LaBelle was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and her tribute was a performance unlike anything ever seen before. Beginning with a special introduction from another musical icon, Gladys Knight, Cee Lo Green took to the stage in a throwback Patti LaBelle costume performing "Somebody Loves You Baby," while Marsha Ambrosius jazzed up the room with her spot on rendition of "If Only You Knew," before the great Shirley Caesar took the crowd—and Patti LaBelle—to tears singing "You Are My Friend." But it was Patti herself that brought the house down performing two of her greatest hits, "Love, Need and Want You" and "Lady Marmalade." Steve Harvey uplifted the audience in his acceptance speech for his Humanitarian Award.

The cast of the Five Heartbeats movie surprised the audience with a reunited performance with R&B crooners After 7 with the famous hit, "Nights Like This," for the 20-year anniversary of the film. The beautiful Kerry Washington graced the stage for BET's Shine A Light moment to honor individuals who make the world a better place for young people.

Celebrating the 10-year Anniversary of her first album, Songs In A Minor, Alicia Keys graced the BET AWARDS '11 stage for a medley of her hits with Bruno Mars and Rick Ross as well as for the world premiere her latest song, "Typewriter."

Additional highlights of the 14 performances include: Trey Songz sexy, shirt-ripping rendition of "Making Love Faces" and "Unusual," and was later joined by Kelly Rowland to perform her smash hit, "Motivation," Donnie McClurkin, Deitrick Haddon and Mary Mary uplifted the audience with their rendition of the gospel hit, "Thank You Lord," in tribute to the late Walter Hawkins; Mary J. Blige, Anita Baker, DJ Khaled, and Jadakiss kicked off the show with a monumental mix of hits "All Night Long," "Joy," "Happy," Dreams," "Real Love," "Rapture," and "Over Til It's Over"; Jill Scott performed a soulful rendition of "Rolling Hills" with actor and DJ Idris Elba; DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Drake and Lil' Wayne amped the crowd performing "I'm the One"; and Beyonce closed the show singing "Best Thing I Never Had" and "End of Time" via live telecast from Britain's Glastonbury Festival.

This year's In Memoriam tribute celebrated the lives of Cali Swag District member M-Bone, Clarence Clemons, Teena Marie, Gil Scott Heron and Nate Dogg with performances and appearances by Doug E. Fresh and Cali Swag District, Queen Latifah, Ledisi, Scott Mayo, Snoop Dogg and Warren G.

In continuing the good that BET's S.O.S.: Saving Ourselves initiative has made over the years, the BET AWARDS '11 contained a special moment to show support for the victims of the tornadoes in the Southeast through a special message from Rev. Al Sharpton.

In addition to all of these spectacular moments, the full list of BET AWARDS '11 winners are:

Best Female R&B Artist: Rihanna
Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Best Group: Diddy-Dirty Money
Best Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kanye West
Best New Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Best Collaboration: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes "Look At Me Now"
Video of the Year: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes "Look At Me Now"
Video Director of the Year: Chris Robinson
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor: Idris Elba
Young Stars Award: Jaden Smith and Willow Smith
Best Movie: For Colored Girls
Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year: Michael Vick
Centric Award: Marsha Ambrosius "Far Away"
Best International Act: 2Face Idibia (Nigeria) and D'Banj (Nigeria)
Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at me Now"
Humanitarian Award: Steve Harvey
Lifetime Achievement Award: Patti LaBelle

BEYONCE TO PERFORM LIVE ON ABC'S "The View", Thursday, July 28th


Multi-million selling music artist Beyoncé will perform her hit single “Best Thing I Never Had” and “1+1” live, THURSDAY, JULY 28 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on ABC’s “The View,” it was announced today by Bill Geddie, executive producer.

In June the Texas born superstar, who turns 30 on September 4, released her fourth studio album “4,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It was recently announced that she will star in a remake of the classic film “A Star is Born,” to be directed by Clint Eastwood.

Beyoncé, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, is also one of the most honored by the Grammys, with a total of 16 (13 as a solo artist), and is the recipient of numerous awards. She was honored at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards as recipient of the Billboard Millennium Award.
The multi-faceted singer has sold more than 75 million records worldwide as a solo artist.

“The View” features Daytime Emmy Award-winning hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. It’s the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations. “The View,” broadcast in HDTV and produced in 2-channel stereo sound, is now available to watch online daily at 4:00 p.m., ET/1:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Digital Full Episode Player at ABC.com. “The View” is produced by ABC Daytime and Ms. Walters’ Barwall Productions, with Ms. Walters serving as executive producer along with Bill Geddie, who also serves as executive producer for “The Barbara Walters Specials.” “The View” is directed by Mark Gentile.

Singer Amy Winehouse Passed Away

Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her North London home, Sky News is reporting. The Daily Mail reports that police have confirmed the passing.

A statement from Winehouse's U.S. record label read: 'We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. 'Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time.'

In a statement, the London Metropolitan Police said, "Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained."

She performed in a surprise appearance at the iTunes Festival on July 20th.

Dramatic Fire Stops Rihanna Concert

Dramatic Fire Stops RIHANNA Concert

A Rihanna concert was brought to an abrupt halt Friday night as a fire broke out at the Dallas venue.

The singer was performing her Loud Tour in Dallas at the American Airlines Center when some pyrotechnics went haywire during her song, 'California King Bed,' according to Celebuzz.

Rihanna left the stage when a fire broke out above her stage fireworks began to fall down -- cutting her set list short and ending the show early. Due to the obvious safety concerns, the entire crowd was evacuated from the building and no injuries were reported.

The fire occurred at the top of the stage at the American Airlines Center, and the pop star was quickly ushered off the stage as sparks started flying down on to the stage.

Following the incident, from which Rihanna emerged unharmed, the music star spoke through her Twitter account saying: “DALLAS!!! We set the stage on FYAH tonight!!! LITERALLY!!! I'm so (mad), I was havin so much fun wit yall too!!! I gotta come back man!!"

Fire-Rescue Captain Johnny Bates reported to KTVT that a chair caught on fire: “One of our engine crews did enter the building but crew members with the AAC or concert put out the initial fire.”

Rihanna tweeted: “Glad u guys are safe!!! I promise I'll be back!!!”

She added: "Heading into a production meeting to find out exactly what happened!!! Keep u posted"

Emmy Award-Nominated Choreographer and Creative Director Laurieann Gibson Brings Her Signature Style and Distinct Dance Moves to BET in a New Original Series, BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON Premiering Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 p.m.*

The Reality Competition Series Empowers 20 Aspiring Hopefuls to Become Hollywood's Next "It" Dancer

Hundreds of passionate, female dancers from coast to coast will answer the call, but there can only be one! Emmy award-nominated choreographer and creative director to the stars Laurieann Gibson, shares her expertise with many hopefuls as they embark on the moment of their lives in BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON premiering Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 p.m.*

Over eight weeks Gibson unleashes her hottest choreography and signature tough love to give these 20 aspiring young dancers the tools they need to take their careers to the next level and battle it out for the number one spot and the ultimate prize of $50,000. From week to week, they dance their way through a variety of creative challenges including: a music video competition, a commercial, and ultimately the chance to perform live with Lady Gaga in front of a packed arena in The Monster Ball Tour.

Gibson has worked with A-list performers from Sean "Diddy" Combs to Alicia Keys and most recently directed HBO's "Lady Gaga Presents Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden," for which she was nominated for an Emmy.

BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON is produced by BET Networks with executive producers Laurieann Gibson and The Ted & Perry Company.

For more information on BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON, please visit www.bet.com.

"106 & PARK" PRESENTS: CLOSER TO MY DREAMS TOUR Featuring Tyga, Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons, Lil Twist, Jawan Harris, Trevante and a Surprise Guest

The Ultimate Summer Tour Kicks Off Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA

Young fans across the country brace yourselves. 106 & PARK, BET's wildly popular signature series, announced the official kick off of the 106 & PARK PRESENTS: CLOSER TO MY DREAMS TOUR. The all 'young stars' line-up includes teen sensations Tyga (Young Money/Cash Money Records), Mindless Behavior (Conjunction/Streamline/Interscope), Diggy Simmons (Atlantic), Lil Twist (Young Money/Cash Money Records), Jawan Harris (ByStorm Entertainment/Jive) and Trevante (Imani Entertainment) along with a special surprise guest. The 18-city tour will showcase the hottest young stars in the industry today and will begin Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. For tickets in your area, please visit www.bet.com/CTMD.

"BET has a stellar history of introducing the hottest new talent, and this summer we continue this tradition with the next generation of young superstars," says Kelly Griffin, senior director of music programming for BET Networks.

Already heating up the charts, these young stars are definitely bringing their A-game this summer.

106 & PARK PRESENTS: CLOSER TO MY DREAMS TOUR DATES:


July 7

Los Angeles, CA

House of Blues Sunset Strip


July 8

Phoenix, AZ

The Venue


July 9

San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore


July 10

Anaheim, CA

House of Blues


July 15

Dallas, TX

House of Blues


July 16

Houston, TX

House of Blues


July 17

New Orleans, LA

House of Blues


July 20

Milwaukee, WI

The Rave


July 22

Detroit, MI

St. Andrew's


July 23

Chicago, IL

House of Blues


July 24

Cleveland, OH

House of Blues


July 27

Baltimore, MD

Rams Head


July 28

New York, NY

Irving Plaza


July 29

Boston, MA

House of Blues


July 30

Philadelphia, PA

TLA


July 31

Washington, DC

Cramton Auditorium


August 5

Orlando, FL

House of Blues


August 6

Atlanta, GA

The Masquerade



ABOUT MINDLESS BEHAVIOR

Mindless Behavior is a dynamic group comprised of four spirited 13 year old boys – Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Princeton – who boast an insane, sleek and futuristic fashion style, epic dance moves, and global-ready pop songs. They are rapidly gaining popularity with over ten million views on YouTube/VEVO of their videos for "My Girl" and the "My Girl" remix. The group's hotline has also registered over 200,000 members, with fans making an average of 13,000 calls/text to the line each day! Mindless Behavior recently released their first ever EP, which is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and wherever music is sold. The EP features their hit song "My Girl," the remix featuring Ciara, Tyga & Lil Twist and their second single "Mrs. Right." The video for the "My Girl" remix reached the top spot on BET's "106 & Park" countdown and "My Girl" continues to gain spins on Radio Disney, Urban and Rhythmic radio. Mindless Behavior is currently working on their debut album, due out this Fall on Conjunction/Streamline/Interscope.

Follow @mindlessbhavior

ABOUT TYGA

Twenty-year-old Michael Nguyen-Stevenson better known as Tyga is on the rise with hot Grammy-nominated tracks like "Deuces" with Chris Brown. On one of the hottest record labels out there (Young Money/Cash Money Records), Tyga is blowing up the charts with hits like "Roger That" and "Bedrock" along with talented label mates. Tyga shows that he can definitely hold his own with other talents and most importantly by himself. Tyga is one to watch out for and will definitely be in the game for a long time.

Follow @Tyga

ABOUT LIL TWIST

Another talented young rapper fresh off of Young Money/Cash Money Records. Lil Wayne's youngest and newest protege, Lil Twist is making a big splash with his young fans. Fans will be able to see Lil Twist's progression as an artist this summer. With talent to burn and his whole future in front of him, Lil Twist is sure to keep old and new fans wanting more.

Follow @LilTwist

ABOUT TREVANTE

Seventeen-year-old Trevante Halliburton is no stranger to the hard work demanded of him by the notoriously competitive music industry. In preparation for his debut album, "I Am Trevante," which is slated for a 2011 release, Trevante has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the industry's elite producers and writers: Chris Brown, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Diane Warren, Rico Love, Mischke, August, The Underdogs, Harmony "H Money", Ezekiel "Zeke" Lewis, and Troy Taylor to name a few. Having co-written many of the songs on his album, Trevante was able to secure a publishing contract with Warner Chappell Publishing and is very active in the creative process of recording his album. "This album is special because it's my introduction to the world. It shows my R&B side, my Pop side and just overall good music. It's about love and purity," Trevante says of his debut. In an age when most artists are developed online, Trevante is taking the road less traveled by setting his musical foundation on stage and in the studio, a foundation that will undoubtedly make this extraordinarily talented young man a force to be watched for years to come.

Follow @trevanteonem

ABOUT JAWAN HARRIS

Fourteen year old Jawan Harris is an extraordinary singer/dancer on the rise. With a charming "boy next door" demeanor and vocal styling that will inevitably draw comparisons to a Jackson 5 Michael Jackson, Jawan's tone cuts through the clutter and rings clear as school bells forcing you to sit up and pay attention. Jawan's first single "Nobody" is a soulful upbeat, vibrant track nostalgic of a school day crush. "Another Planet" featuring Chris Brown has a bit of an edge mixed with a little swagger, showcasing Jawan's versatility. With his voice and his personality to match, Jawan already possesses solidified star power. Easily winning over the hearts of parents and teenage girls alike, possessing the elusive "it" factor. Jawan is currently working on his debut album.

Follow @singerjawan

ABOUT DIGGY SIMMONS

Sixteen year old Diggy Simmons has already had a huge buzz from the start thanks to his famous and iconic father, Rev. Run of Run DMC along with his family's hit MTV show, Run's House. Diggy Simmons is definitely following in his family's footsteps, already becoming a mini-mogul in the making. With a highly anticipated clothing line ready to drop and two hot mixtapes under his belt, it's fair to say that Diggy Simmons is one talented young teen.

Follow @diggy_simmons

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UNCF® and BET Partner to Present an Entertainment-Filled Production of UNCF An Evening Of Stars® Presented by Target

Program Will Feature Star-Studded Performances Along With Education Success Stories

UNCF and BET have announced that they will join forces to make this year's edition of UNCF's long-running UNCF An Evening of Stars® the most exciting and moving in the program's 33-year history.

UNCF An Evening of Stars® has long been a showcase both for legendary and fast-rising stars from the music industry -- recent performers and prior honorees have included Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Stevie Wonder -- and for education success stories that embody the spirit of UNCF's iconic motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." ® Working together, UNCF and BET will combine the program's star-studded tradition with BET's proven record of attracting both the music industry's hottest talent and large, passionate audiences eager to engage in the issues we all face. Additionally, the new program aims to further rally the entertainment industry around the importance of education and the doors it can open.

"Our students and their need for a good education deserve the large and passionate audience that watches BET," said UNCF president and CEO, Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D. "They deserve the best entertainers performing on stage and speaking out for the right to go to and through college, and they deserve to have their stories told in a way that everyone can connect to. Together, UNCF and BET can create a show that entertains at the same time it delivers on the opportunity to inform and activate new viewers around the UNCF mission of education for all Americans."

"We're excited to partner with UNCF for UNCF An Evening of Stars® amplifying their message and assisting in their goal to better support African-American students and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)," said Stephen Hill, President of Music and Specials Programming, BET Networks. "We have a phalanx of passionate BET folks (many of them HBCU grads) who look forward to producing and airing a great show celebrating the power of education and the need for everyone to engage with UNCF. We must ensure that we can educate our future."

The new UNCF An Evening of Stars® will be a musical variety show punctuated with short video segments spotlighting a few of the 60,000 students whose education UNCF supports every year, making the program a celebration of the best in entertainment and education. In addition, the new format will allow performers to perform the songs they are identified with and want to promote, thereby attracting the hottest talent and music. The show will be taped before a live audience on August 14, 2011 and will air on BET Networks this fall.

This year's show is made possible by Target, Presenting Sponsor of UNCF An Evening of Stars®, and National Sponsors, McDonald's and AT&T. Official, and Major Sponsors include American Airlines, Wells Fargo, BET Networks, Buick and the U.S. Army.

About UNCF An Evening of Stars®
UNCF An Evening of Stars®, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars®, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 32-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars® has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars® has featured a Who's Who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyonce, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars® received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie. Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars® at www.UNCF.org.

Clap Your Hands and Rejoice for the Return of BET's Hit Gospel Singing Competition "SUNDAY BEST" Premiering Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.*

Returning Host Kirk Franklin and Judges Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary and Pastor Donnie McClurkin Kickoff Season Four with a Special Two-Hour Premiere

Fans can expect to be blown away by performances as this season's hopefuls venture from the auditions to the main stage. In the premiere episodes, thousands of contestants make their way to audition stops in Dallas, Los Angeles and Atlanta, but only 20 are selected to compete in Atlanta. Many are called but only one will be crowned winner of this season's SUNDAY BEST. In addition to the coveted title of SUNDAY BEST, the winner of season four will receive a national recording contract, a cash prize and a brand new 2011 Ford Explorer.

For three amazing seasons, SUNDAY BEST has entertained and touched viewers during its search for the next great gospel singer. From holding auditions all over the U.S. and in Nigeria, West Africa, SUNDAY BEST continues to be a fan favorite even winning a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series. SUNDAY BEST is a 9-week series executive produced by D'Angela Proctor and Nia T. Hill of Strange Fruit Media, Kirk Franklin and Erica and Tina Campbell.

For continuous SUNDAY BEST updates, please visit www.bet.com/SundayBest. Also, follow SUNDAY BEST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BETSundayBest (hash tag: #SundayBest) and Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/BETSundayBest

BET AWARDS '11 is the #1 Awards Show on Cable, Drawing 7.7 Million Total Viewers

FOR THE 2ND YEAR IN A ROW, BET AWARDS '11 DOMINATED TWITTER'S TOP TRENDING TOPICS

AFTER MORE THAN 2.4 MILLION VOTES VIA TEXT AND ONLINE, COCA-COLA VIEWER'S CHOICE AWARD GOES TO CHRIS BROWN

7.7 Million Viewers and 4.5 Million Households Tuned to Watch Host Kevin Hart and Performances and Appearances by LaLa Anthony, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Diddy-Dirty Money, Drake, Steve Harvey, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Tracee


The live premiere of the BET AWARDS '11 on Sunday, June 26, drew 7.7 Million total viewers, making it the #1 Awards Show in Cable this year and the #2 telecast in BET history behind the BET AWARDS '09 honoring Michael Jackson (June 29, 2009) (NMR, Live + Same Day, 6/27). In addition, the BET AWARDS has consistently ranked among the Top 5 Cable Awards Shows every year among total viewers. The Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award, which was given to Chris Brown, received more than 2.4 Million votes by mobile text and online voting, which was a 240% increase versus 2010. This year's show, which aired from 8:00-11:30 p.m.,* featured performances and appearances by Justin Bieber, Hosea Chanchez, Diddy-Dirty Money, Drake, Pooch Hall, Steve Harvey, Taraji P. Henson, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Tracee Ellis Ross, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Kerry Washington. In addition, the BET AWARDS '11 RED CARPET SHOW drew in 2.7 million total viewers, while the BET AWARDS '11 POST SHOW, garnered 3.9 million total viewers.


The FANdemonium award voting set an all-time record number of text and app votes with more than 2M text votes (up 86% from 2010) and more than 11 million votes from the 106 & Park App.

The live telecast dominated the social media and digital world as well:

7.5 million tweets regarding the BET AWARDS occurred throughout the BET AWARDS '11 weekend (June 26-27, 2011),
2.5 million tweets occurred during the live BET AWARDS '11 telecast,
#BET AWARDS averaged 11,500 tweets-per-minute during the live telecast, peaking at nearly 21,000 tweets per minute at 11:05 p.m.,*
#BETAWARDS PRESHOW trended at #1 worldwide in the hour preceding the beginning of the main show,
#BETFORDFOCUS was the #1 trending topic within minutes after LaLa Anthony announced the secret hashtag on-air (8:18pm ET) and
BET Mobile experienced an all-time one day record of 1.15MM page views on Sunday, June 26 up 60% from 2010.


Encore telecasts of the BET AWARDS '11 are set for:

Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m.*
Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.*
Monday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m.*


BET once again teamed with John Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards® and the eight record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen Hill, President, Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks, were executive producers of the telecast.

BET AWARDS '11 was sponsored by Coca-Cola, Domino's, Ford, Macy's, My Black Is Beautiful, Sprint, Starbucks and Subway.

For a list of winners from the BET AWARDS '11, please visit www.bet.com/betawards. Get up-to-the-minute reactions about the BET AWARDS '11 by following @BET AWARDS on Twitter (www.twitter.com).

BET Twitter and Facebook integration (#BETAwards)

BET Makes Social Media Blitz For BET AWARDS 2011 (Twitter Facebook)


BET is in the midst of a major social media blitz leading up to Sunday night’s BET AWARDS 2011, with plans including on-air Twitter and Facebook integration, a “social media lounge” on premises hosted by Lala and a car giveaway for fans that use a secret hashtag. #BETAwards hashtag, Another “secret” hashtag will be introduced at the top of the show.

Justin Bieber, Gladys Knight, Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars, Ledsi, Taraji P. Henson, Ne-Yo, & La La Anthony Added to the BET AWARDS 2011 List of Exceptional Talent

BET'S "106 & PARK" HEADS TO LOS ANGELES TO SHOWCASE LIVE RED CARPET PERFORMANCES FROM MIGUEL, SWIZZ BEATS & EVE, LIL TWIST, MINDLESS BEHAVIOR WITH TYGA, YC, LLOYD, DIGGY SIMMONS, & INTERNET SENSATION KARMIN HOSTED BY TERRENCE, ROCSI, & NICK CANNON

Justin Bieber, Gladys Knight, Nicki Minaj, Taraji P. Henson, Big Sean, and Ne-Yo join previously announced stars Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Steve Harvey, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, Jill Scott, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, La La Anthony, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars, Ledisi, Deitrick Haddon, Faithful Central Choir, Music Matters artists Mali Music and Kimberly Nichole, and host Kevin Hart at this year's BET AWARDS '11.

Nick Cannon will join 106 & PARK hosts Terrence and Rocsi for "Live Red and Ready," a LIVE red carpet edition of 106 & PARK. Before Kevin Hart kicks off the Awards show from inside LA's Shrine Auditorium at 8 p.m.*, viewers will be treated to special, pre-show performances outside by Miguel, Swizz Beatz & Eve, Lloyd, Lil Twist, Diggy Simmons, YC, Mindless Behavior with Tyga, and Internet sensation Karmin, along with exclusive celebrity interviews, beginning at 6 p.m.* on BET. 106 & PARK former hosts Free and Tigger will host the BET AWARDS '11 post-show, "The After Party Live," directly following the Awards telecast on Sunday, June 26 at 11 p.m.*

For the first time in BET AWARDS history, the BET AWARDS '11 Social Media Lounge will be integrated into the LIVE broadcast. Hosted by La La Anthony, the Social Media Lounge will provide viewers with up-to-the-second BET AWARDS '11 updates from Twitter and Facebook along with exclusive celebrity interviews.

Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Queen Latifah, Gladys Knight, are coming to the BET AWARDS

Justin Bieber, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj will join a Super star-studded lineup of performers at The BET AWARDS.

BET Networks Stated that the entertainers will appear on Sunday's Mega Ceremony, which will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Justin Bieber to make a special appearance at the BET AWARDS 2011


We are not sure if Justin will be performing or presenting, but he will be in the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium

Last year, Justin was nominated for the first time at the BET Awards under the Best New Artist category. Although he was not nominated this year, he will be joining previously announced performers such as Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Rick Ross and more

Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Kelly Rowland and Trey Songz to perform at BET AWARDS 2011

Two days after her album 4 is officially released, Beyoncé is set to perform at the BET Awards

Kelly Rowland, who’s enjoying success with her chart-topping single “Motivation,” will perform the Lil Wayne-assisted smash from her third album Here I Am, due July 26th. Trey Songz and Mary J. Blige are also among the newly added performers; Additionally, Cee Lo Green will make a “special appearance” at the event.

Lil Wayne and Drake To Perform on the BET AWARDS 2011


Lil Wayne and Drake join Chris Brown, Jill Scott and Alicia Keys as performers for this year's BET AWARDS '11. Lil Wayne, who is set to release his ninth album "Tha Carter IV" this August, received five nominations this year in the "Best Collaboration," "Best Male Hip Hop Artist," "Video of the Year," categories as well as two nods in the "Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice" category. Also taking center stage at the BET AWARDS '11, breakout talent Drake will go head-to-head with friend and mentor Lil Wayne in the "Best Collaboration," "Best Male Hip Hop Artist and "Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice" categories.

For the inside scoop on nominations, star-studded appearances and an exclusive BET AWARDS '11 performance announcement, tune in and watch SHINING STARS: THE BET AWARDS NOMINATION SPECIAL, hosted by BET's Pooch Hall ("The Game") and R&B songstress Kelly Rowland, on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.*


Chris Brown and Jill Scott to Perform on the BET AWARDS 2011

Music Icon Patti LaBelle to Receive the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

Comedian, Author, and Philanthropist Steve Harvey to Receive the 2011 Humanitarian Award

Hosted by Comedian Kevin Hart, the BET AWARDS '11 Airs LIVE on Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m.*

Chris Brown and Jill Scott join Alicia Keys as performers for this year's BET AWARDS '11. Brown, whose "F.A.M.E." album is #3 on the R&B Billboard charts, leads the nominations race with nods in six categories. His top nominations include "Best Male R&B Artist," "Video of the Year," and "Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice" for his collaboration with Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne on "Look at Me Now." R&B superstar, poet, and actress Jill Scott, who is set to release her fifth studio album "Light of the Sun" this month, will also take to the BET AWARDS '11 stage with what promises to be a captivating performance. Also on the roster, Alicia Keys returns to the stage to commemorate the re-release of her multi-platinum album "Songs in A Minor" and celebrate her decade-long contributions to the music industry. Keeping with the tradition of celebrating the best in entertainment, the BET AWARDS '11 will once again be a must-see, electrifying night of television

Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, and Ace Hood Added To Mega List of BET AWARDS 2011 Performers


Rick Ross, DJ Khaled and Ace Hood will join Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, Jill Scott and Alicia Keys as performers at this year’s BET AWARDS.

Last year, DJ Khaled gave a roof-blowing performance of “Welcome To My Hood” with Ludacris, Diddy and Rick Ross, so expect nothing less from his stage performance this year.

Hot off the success of “Aston Martin Music” and “Super High” from his Teflon Don album, Rick Ross is set for a show-stopping performance as he celebrates his nomination for “Best Male Hip Hop Artist.” We The Best/Def Jam recording artist Ace Hood, who is soaring high from his chart-topping records “Ridin’ Dirty” and “Hustle Hard,” will hit the stage for his first BET AWARDS solo performance. We can only imagine Ace Hood bringing a high energy and hot performance to the Awards stage.

In addition to the stellar lineup, Cee Lo Green (NBC’s “The Voice”) will make a special appearance at this year’s Awards.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Alicia Keys leads BET Awards 2011 performers, date set

Award winning R&B singer/songwriter Alicia Keys has been confirmed as the first act slated to perform at this year's BET Awards, Sunday, June 26, 2011.

It's already gearing up to be the hottest Awards show night in television. BET Awards '11 will air live on Sunday, June 26 at 8PM/7c from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, and the one and only Alicia Keys will be on hand as a performer!


The performance will coincide with Key's 10th anniversary deluxe edition of her debut album Songs in A Minor, scheduled for release on Tuesday, June 28

The announcement came courtesy of Stephen Hill, BET's President of Music Programming and Specials on Wednesday (April 12) at BET's annual L.A. upfront. Alicia Keys, who was also in attendance at the event, talked about her piano-climbing move during her 2010 performance. Last year, a pregnant Keys took the stage at the awards to perform as part of the all-female tribute to Prince, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Keys shocked the audience, including Prince who peeked down at baby daddy Swizz during the set, by climbing up on top of her piano. At the upfront, Keys revealed that she kept the move a secret because she knew everyone would try to talk her out of it. She also added that she had to take her shoes off so she could "grip" and "slip" to make her performance extra special for Prince and BET.


Actor and Comedian Kevin Hart to Host This Year's BET AWARDS Premiering Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m.*

Chris Brown Leads with 6 Nominations, Lil Wayne Receives 5 and Kanye West, Rihanna and Drake Tie With 4 a Piece

Cee Lo Green and Bruno Mars Go Head-to-head for Best Male R&B Artist Along with Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Usher

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced that actor/comedian Kevin Hart has been tapped to host this year's BET AWARDS, ranked among the Top 5 Cable Award Shows every year among total viewers. The brightest night in music will broadcast LIVE from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.* on BET.

The nominees for the 2011 BET AWARDS are:

Best Female R&B Artist


Marsha Ambrosius


Beyonce


Keri Hilson


Jennifer Hudson


Rihanna




Best Male R&B Artist


Chris Brown


Cee Lo Green


Bruno Mars


Trey Songz


Usher




Best Group


Diddy-Dirty Money


Cali Swag District


N.E.R.D.


New Boyz


Travis Porter




Best Collaboration


B.o.B. f/ Haley Williams of Paramore – "Airplanes"


Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – "Look at Me Now"


Chris Brown f/ Tyga & Kevin McCall – "Deuces"


Waka Flocka Flame f/ Roscoe Dash & Wale – "No Hands"


Rihanna f/ Drake – "What's My Name"


Kanye West f/ Rihanna – "All of The Lights"




Best Male Hip Hop Artist


B.o.B.


Drake


Lil Wayne


Rick Ross


Kanye West




Best Female Hip Hop Artist


Diamond


Cymphonique


Lola Monroe


Nicki Minaj




Video of the Year


Marsha Ambrosius – "Far Away"


B.o.B. f/ Hayley Williams of Paramore – "Airplanes"


Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – "Look at Me Now"


Keri Hilson – "Pretty Girl Rock"


Willow Smith – "Whip My Hair"


Kanye West f/ Pusha T – "Runaway"




Video Director of the Year


Benny Boom


Mr. Boomtown


Chris Robinson


Kanye West


Hype Williams




Best New Artist


J. Cole


Bruno Mars


Miguel


Willow Smith


Wiz Khalifa




Best Gospel


Byron Cage


Deitrick Haddon


Mary Mary


Karen Clark Sheard


BeBe & CeCe Winans




Best Actress


Halle Berry


Taraji P. Henson


Regina King


Zoe Saldana


Kerry Washington




Best Actor


Laz Alonso


Chris Brown


Don Cheadle


Idris Elba


Jamie Foxx




YoungStars Award


Shenell Edmonds


Keke Palmer


Diggy Simmons


Jaden Smith


Willow Smith




Best Movie


"Death at a Funeral"


"For Colored Girls"


"Takers"


"The Book of Eli"


"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"




Subway Sportswoman of the Year


Tamika Catchings


Candice Dupree


Maya Moore


Serena Williams


Venus Williams




Subway Sportsman of the Year


Carmelo Anthony


Kobe Bryant


LeBron James


Derrick Rose


Michael Vick




Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Nominees


Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – "Look at Me Now"


Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – "6 Foot 7 Foot"


Mindless Behavior – "My Girl"


Nicki Minaj f/ Drake – "Moment 4 Life"


Rihanna f/ Drake – "What's My Name"


Trey Songz f/ Nicki Minaj – "Bottoms Up"




Centric Award


Marsha Ambrosius


Eric Benet


Cee Lo Green


R. Kelly


Kem




Best International Act: Africa


2Face Idibia (Nigeria)


D'Banj (Nigeria)


D-Black (Ghana)


Angelique Kidjo (Benin)


Fally Ipupa (Congo DR)


Teargas (South Africa)




Best International Act: UK


VV Brown


Chipmunk


Laura Izibor


Skepta


Tinchy Stryder


Tinie Tempah






Coca-Cola, Domino's, Ford, Macy's, My Black Is Beautiful, Sprint, Starbucks and Subway Announced as Official BET AWARDS 2011 Sponsors

For The First Time Ever, BET And Ford Partner To Give Away A Vehicle During LIVE Telecast

Hosted By Comedian Kevin Hart, The BET AWARDS '11 Airs LIVE On Sunday, June 26 At 8 p.m.*

For the first time ever, BET has partnered with Ford to kick off a sweepstakes that will award one lucky viewer the keys to a 2012 Ford Focus as part of the BET AWARDS 2011 live telecast on Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. EDT. The Ford Focus Sweepstakes is now open and ends at 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 26, and incorporates the use of Twitter as part of the final qualification process. The winner will be announced live from the Ford Focus Social Media Lounge during the BET AWARDS 2011

In addition to the vehicle sweepstakes, the Focus will be parked on the red carpet during the Pre-Awards Show red-carpet festivities. Ford also will sponsor the Ford Focus Social Media Lounge, the exclusive backstage area, which will feature some of the top entertainment bloggers who will have access to the celebrity talent during the entire weekend leading up to the awards show.

Subway returns to sponsor both the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards for the second consecutive year while for the first time, Coca-Cola, a partner of the BET AWARDS franchise since 2009, is turning their attention to the audience and letting fans decide which artist had the hottest single of the year by sponsoring the 2011 Viewer's Choice Award.

In addition to the above categories and integrations, the following have been announced as official sponsors of the BET AWARDS 2011

  • Domino's: Domino's returns for the third consecutive year to sponsor the BET AWARDS Pre-Show Countdown Clock.
  • Macy's: During the BET AWARDS Pre-Show, one lucky audience member will be selected to receive a head-to-toe makeover, one (1) $500 gift card and two (2) tickets to the BET AWARDS Show, courtesy of Macy's.
  • My Black Is Beautiful: Throughout the BET AWARDS Pre-Show, Danella will showcase fashion highlights while interviewing celebrities on the Red Carpet as the My Black Is Beautiful Fashion Correspondent. Joyful Drake, star of "Let's Stay Together," shares all of her exciting moments as she experiences the BET AWARDS for the very first time.
  • Sprint: The HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint will replace traditional envelopes during each of the BET AWARDS winner announcements. Viewers will witness this tablet in action for the first time, during its product launch weekend.
  • Starbucks: For the second year in a row, Starbucks® Frappuccino® will sponsor the Who Rocked The Mic Award, which is presented to the artist with the best BET AWARDS 2011 performance during 106 & PARK on Monday, June 27.

Was Trina Snubbed by the 2011 BET AWARDS

Was Trina Snubbed by the 2011 BET AWARDS

Was Trina Snubbed by the 2011 BET AWARDS


BET's president of programming, music and specials, Stephen Hill, Explains the '2011 BET Awards' nomination process.


The nominees for the best female hip-hop artist category, in which Trina would be nominated for if eligible, were Nicki Minaj, Diamond, Lola Munroe and Cymphonique ( Master P's daughter). why were these four women nominated over Trina?



We have an eligibility period [which] is April 1st of one year to March 31st of the next year. For music categories, anybody who submits a video to us and that first airing of that video occurs between April 1st of one year to March 31st of the next year is eligible for that years nominations; We have a voting academy that is comprised of 150 experts from the recording entertainment industry [including] media, bloggers and fans who we invite to join the academy through BET.com. They all get electronic ballots and are asked to pick 5 people in each category [from those who submitted]. The votes are tallied up by a third party.

We change the members of the academy [every year], the fans always change.

we had a total of four artists who submitted videos during the eligibility period (April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011) where they were the lead artist, not as a feature but as a lead: Nicki Minaj, Diamond, Cymphonique and Lola Monroe. Since we usually have five people who are eligible in the category and we only had four people… it's kind of easy math.

The Lola Monroe video features Trina, but as feature that doesn't make you eligible for a piece of work under your own name.

The last video we received from Trina, where she's the lead, unfortunately that video came in the 2010 eligibility. There's been no video eligible for nomination in 2011. It's a really easy answer. She's been nominated before, I'm sure she'll be nominated again, [but] during this eligibility period she had no video that was submitted to BET.
The BET Awards were established in 2001.

The first BET AWARDS were in 2001 were held at the Paris resort on the Las Vegas Strip. From 2002 through 2005, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood hosted the Awards Show. Since 2006, the awards have been held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The artists who will perform at the BET AWARDS 2011 are:

Alicia Keys
Chris Brown
Jill Scott
Lil Wayne
Drake
Beyonce
Kelly Rowland
DJ Khaled
Ace Hood
Rick Ross

Vicky Free Named Executive Vice President of Marketing for BET Networks


BET Networks, has named industry veteran Vicky Free as the company's new Executive Vice President of Marketing. Free, who has most recently led strategic marketing efforts at Turner Broadcasting Systems, will be responsible for the marketing strategy and execution for BET, BET.com, BET mobile and CENTRIC. She will report directly to Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks and will be based in New York.

Free comes to BET Networks with nearly two decades of brand marketing and media management experience, most recently from Turner Broadcasting System. At Turner, she led the newly created 360 consumer marketing department designed to build effective consumer engagement campaigns for both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim entertainment properties. In this role she was responsible for building consumer-centric, integrated, strategic and metric-driven marketing campaigns for priority series and events.

"We are thrilled to have Vicky join BET Networks given her strong experience in the cable industry and keen understanding in creating thoughtful brands and engaging the consumer it serves," said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "As we continue in our company's evolution, we couldn't be more thrilled to have someone as talented as Vicky lead our marketing team and elevate our multi-platform and digital marketing strategies."

"I am honored to join BET Networks and build on the iconic brand of this company," said Vicky Free, Executive Vice President of Marketing at BET Networks. "I am confident that my experience and passion, coupled with the BET's incredibly creative and thoughtful team, will take the relationship between our consumer and our content to the next level."

During Free's tenure at Turner, she led the entertainment marketing team for TNT, TBS and TCM. Among her many accomplishments, she launched Emerging Markets and Promotions Group that created breakout campaigns for Tyler Perry's House of Payne and The Closer. Free also spent over eight years at McDonald's, where she worked as Director of Women's Initiatives in the United States and headed multicultural brand management.

Free received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and her MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

BET Networks Demystifies the Psychology of Black Movie Goers With New Report "REEL FACTS: A Movie Goer Consumption Study"

New study finds that African Americans have a voracious appetite for entertainment, embrace black movies and more

Report details incredible $6.3 Billion Buying Power of African Americans


BET Networks unveiled a new report that challenges the Hollywood mindset that African Americans only support black movies and outlines the $6.3 Billion buying power of this demographic. According to REEL FACTS: A Movie Goer Consumption Study on average, 81% of the movies seen by African Americans do not prominently feature an African American cast, storyline or lead black star. The study provides an in-depth understanding of African American movie goers and their consumption patterns versus general market movie goers. The report also states that while traditionally, African Americans do support films in which their own images/likenesses are featured, this group is also just as engaged with mass appeal general market films since the leading criteria for movie selection is based on genre.


"The findings in REEL Facts prove what we've known all along, which is contrary to what many studios and marketers think, African Americans are a valuable patron of different genres of film and see the platform of television as an important resource in making a decision in this category," said Louis Carr, President of Advertising at BET Networks. "While African Americans seek content that reflects their lives, the movies consumed are not limited to one type of storyline."

REEL Facts: A Movie Goer Consumption Study also revealed the top five key characteristics of an African American movie goer:

  1. Extreme Movie Buffs – African Americans have no problem making that trek to the movies accounting for 195 Million trips to the movie theaters annually. On average, African Americans make frequent visits to the movies (13.4 times per year vs. 11 times per year for general market movie goers*).
  2. High Engagement and Receptivity – African Americans see TV as the most influential medium to capture their attentions. Top three movie info resources valued highly by REEL Facts respondents: TV commercials (65%), In-theater movie trailers (55%) and Family/friend recommendations (54%).
  3. Repeat Viewers – 62% of black movie goers admit to seeing movies they like multiple times accounting for an additional $513 Million in additional revenue to movie studio coffers.
  4. Movie Goers Have "Platinum Shine" – On average, African Americans are the most avid movie patrons going to the movies more than 2 times/per month, accounting for a minimum of 28 times during the year.
  5. Digital Tekkies –African Americans are digitally inclined and consume heavy amounts of all types of media: 67% own desktop/laptop computers; 62% are heavy online users accessing (11+ hours weekly); 64% are gaming/music video enthusiasts and 37% are heavy TV/DVR viewers.

"REEL Facts, along with our other consumer insights, proves that the black consumer is not monolithic and that it's all about engaging content, cultural awareness and satisfaction as high-end consumers," said Matthew Barnhill, SVP of Market Research at BET Networks. "The African American community has diverse tastes, an appetite for quality movies and entertainment that can range from blockbuster mainstream action films to African American romantic comedies."

BET's REEL Facts confirmed this by asking respondents to name verbatim the last three films seen in the past year. Only three (or 16%) of the top films in 2010-2011 year to date mentioned by black movie goers featured a predominantly African American cast, storyline or lead black star:

  1. For Colored Girls**
  2. Big Mamma's House: Like Father, Like Son**
  3. Battle Los Angeles
  4. Limitless
  5. Green Hornet
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
  7. Black Swan
  8. Red Riding Hood
  9. Despicable Me
  10. I Am Number 4
  11. Inception
  12. Paul
  13. Roommate
  14. Saw 3-D
  15. Toy Story 3
  16. Twilight Eclipse
  17. Why Did I Get Married Too?**
  18. Adjustment Bureau
  19. Iron Man 2

The research also shows that African Americans choose movies based on genre first and then look at other criteria. According to the report, the genres that African Americans spent the most on at the movie theater are: Comedy ($3.6 Billion), Action Adventure ($2.8 Billion), Romance ($1.6 Billion), Sci-Fi/Fantasy Horror ($1.2 Billion), Animation ($1.2 Billion), Drama ($1.1 Billion), Mystery/Suspense ($1.1 Billion) and Children/Teen/Family Fare ($835 Million).

REEL Facts also found that black movie goers are young, highly educated, affluent and employed. The study stated that movies are a popular entertainment past time among African Americans and defined the typical African American movie consumer to be:

  • Younger – 39% of African American movie patrons are Millennials ages 16-24
  • Educated – 30% are college graduates plus having obtained a BA/BS or advanced degree
  • Affluent – 35% have incomes in excess of $50,000 plus
  • Work Force Strong – 52% are employed either full or part time

Source: BET Networks' REEL FACTS: A Movie Goer Consumption Study of African Americans respondents (n=1080) of the Top Films seen in 2010-2011 year to date.

* General market movie goers include REEL FACTS Caucasian and Hispanic study respondents.

** Denotes film with lead black actor, cast or storyline with African American themes.

Survey Methodology

BET Networks Corporate Research administered an online panel questionnaire to 2,500 16-49 year olds in March-April 2011 among African Americans, Hispanics and Caucasians. All data analyzed for REEL FACTS: A Movie Goer Consumption Study is statistically significant at the 95% confidence level. In the analysis, respondents were asked to identify important /least important factors in their movie decision-making. BET Networks partnered with Ipsos OTX for panel recruitment/ sample fielding and The Artemis Group for statistical analysis/weighting expertise.


BET Networks Announces Exclusive Partnership With 'THE GAME' Executive Producers Salim And Mara Brock Akil

Multi-year programming deal to include new shows

Coming off of THE GAME's record-breaking series premiere that drew 7.7 million viewers and becoming the #1 sitcom in ad-supported cable TV history, BET Networks has announced an unprecedented multi-year agreement with Salim and Mara Brock Akil. In addition to their current roles as executive producers and director for THE GAME, the husband and wife team, through Akil Productions, will develop new shows for BET Networks.


"We're thrilled to build on the very important relationship between our network and the Hollywood creative community, especially with two proven powerhouses in entertainment – Salim and Mara Brock Akil," said Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming at BET Networks. "Through this partnership we hope to continue to bring our audience high quality content that reflects their lives and our communities."

"Our goal is to expand on our existing brand, by way of Akil Productions, to create new opportunities for ourselves and others," said the Akils. "BET has provided us with a tremendous platform to create smart, funny and dramatic, quality programming with multi-layered and multi-dimensional characters appealing to millions of viewers."

Mara Brock Akil created THE GAME and executive produced the series with Salim, who also directed. Salim recently made his feature film directorial debut with JUMPING THE BROOM, which stars Laz Alonso, Paula Patton and Angela Bassett and opened as the country's #1 comedy. In 2000, Mara created and executive produced the hit series, GIRLFRIENDS, which currently airs on BET.

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are represented by ICM and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner


It's a Brand New Game: BET Networks to Announce Fresh Scripted and Music Programming at 2011 Upfront Presentation

BET To Officially Announce New Seasons Of "THE GAME" And "LET'S STAY TOGETHER"

Network Continues To Focus On Scripted Programming And Will Unveil A New Sitcom, "REED BETWEEN THE LINES," Starring Tracee Ellis Ross And Malcolm-Jamal Warner

BET Digital To Reveal New Scripted Web Originals, "LENOX AVENUE" And "THE COME UP," Along With Its First Ever Sci-Fi and Thriller Series, "ODESSA" and "ASYLUM"

BET Will Explore The History Of Hip-Hop With A New Four Part Docu-Series, "THE MESSAGE," And Will Announce The Return Of "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!"

CENTRIC Continues With Strong Ratings And A Powerful Programming Lineup

Coming off of the success of its best year ever in 2010 and best quarter ever for 1Q'11, BET Networks announced that it will unveil a brand new slate of programming for BET and CENTRIC at its 2011 Upfront presentation at the Best Buy Theater in New York. During the event, BET plans to announce that it will continue its focus on original scripted content with a new sitcom, REED BETWEEN THE LINES, starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The Network will also unveil new scripted web originals, LENOX AVENUE and THE COME UP, and also its first ever sci-fi thriller web series, ODESSA and ASYLUM, all of which will run across all BET Digital platforms -- BET.com, BET Mobile and BET On Demand.

BET will also announce another season of THE GAME and a second season of LET'S STAY TOGETHER. In addition to scripted programming, BET will also introduce a new music docu-series, THE MESSAGE, which is a four part series about the music, the culture and the message of hip-hop. The Network will also bring back a number of its popular returning series and tent poles including BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, SUNDAY BEST and the BET AWARDS '11.

"This is the year that our audience, advertisers and partners have been waiting for. The incredible success of 2010 and 1Q'11 have truly put BET Networks in a brand new game and affirms our strategy to continue offering compelling content on air, online and in market," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. "Our insights from African-Americans Revealed and our brand strategy served as a blueprint for our 2011 programming mix for BET and CENTRIC."

In 2010, BET Networks posted a blockbuster year of ratings and 2011 is poised to deliver even bigger results for the Network due to the incredible performance of its scripted content, returning series and tent pole specials. According to the Nielsen Company, BET continues to be the #1 cable network among African-Americans and remains the #1 cable network among blacks 18-49 for six consecutive years. Additionally, CENTRIC continues its ratings stride and is growing a stronger connection to its audience. In 2010, CENTRIC became posted gains each consecutive month in 2010. CENTRIC will announce a lineup of returning series, music documentaries and classics.

"We're in a category of one because no other network understands African-American consumers as deeply as BET Networks," said Louis Carr, President of Advertising Sales at BET Networks. "Our insights, coupled with our compelling content, help our advertising partners engage with the consumers they want the most."

Below is an overview of the Upfront announcements for BET and CENTRIC.

NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET

REED BETWEEN THE LINES - Alex is an English professor. Carla's a psychologist. Theirs is quite the contemporary blended Black family, and the couple's hands are beyond full parenting teenage twins and an outspoken 7-year-old daughter. Watch as the couple navigates modern family life and marriage with warmth, wit and humor. Tracee Ellis Ross (GIRLFRIENDS), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (THE COSBY SHOW), Anna Maria Horsford (AMEN) and Melissa De Sousa (THE BEST MAN) star in this new BET original scripted comedy series. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2011

THE MESSAGE: THE HISTORY OF HIP-HOP - Hip-Hop is the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the last 30 years. In that time, it has grown from being a sub-culture for kids in parks to generating trillions of dollars and changing the racial landscape in America. The impact of Hip-Hop cannot be overstated. Many have tried to tell the story of Hip-Hop, but no one can like BET. THE MESSAGE is a four part series about the music, the culture and the message of Hip-Hop. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 3Q 2012

BET RETURNING SERIES

106 & PARK - After celebrating ten years and over 2000 episodes, the network's flagship youth culture and lifestyle program remains the #1 music video countdown show anywhere on television. 106 & PARK continues to count down the top ten video hits. Hosted by Terrence and Rocsi, the show attracts the A-list of music, film, television, pop culture, and sports, from Janet Jackson and Floyd Mayweather to Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. With interactive new segments, Wild Out Wednesday, Freestyle Friday, a new app and the liveliest audience ever, 106 & PARK amplifies the voice of a generation.

THE MO'NIQUE SHOW - Multiple award winner Mo'Nique returns for a third titillating season of outrageous celebrity interviews, roof-raising musical performances, and laugh-out-loud comedy. When the stars come out to play in Mo'Nique's penthouse, late night magic happens and the party comes to you. Her audience comes because they love her, and stay because she loves them back. Mo'Nique is the people's choice for late night.

THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW - Award-winning syndicated radio phenomenon Wendy Williams has changed the talk show game forever with the show that's become a juggernaut. When your in-studio audience dresses up like they're hitting a cocktail party, you know it's the place to be on TV. Wendy's no-holds barred approach to celebrity interviews and hot-button topics makes for a scintillating, irresistible hour.

THE GAME - Season 5 of THE GAME promises to continue its winning streak on BET. Infidelity, addiction, ambition, secrets and betrayal conspire, driving the characters to bend the rules. As each cast member meets new challenges, its perfect mix of laughs and drama positions THE GAME for another standout season in 2012. NEW SEASON SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 1Q 2012

LET'S STAY TOGETHER - This fun and flirtatious original centered around two couples and one sexy single is back for its second season of laughter and love lessons. Juicy new plot twists for the whole cast will ensure that LET'S STAY TOGETHER continues to be appointment television next season. NEW SEASON SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 1Q 2012

SUNDAY'S BEST - The NAACP Image Award-winning smash hit gospel competition show promises to inspire like never before! BET's search for the world's most faithful voices will deliver the most competitive season yet. Hosted by Kirk Franklin with celebrity judges Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Mary Mary, gospel hopefuls compete for a major recording contract and incredible prizes. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 2Q 2011

RETURNING MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET

BET HIP HOP AWARDS - The #1 Hip-Hop themed telecast on television for five consecutive years returns to pay homage to a culture that changed the world while highlighting the year's best in Hip-Hop music. The live performances are the most talked-about in the business, and the ciphers are explosive. Without a doubt, this is Hip-Hop at its freshest. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2011

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! - BET is proud to bring back the NAACP Image Award-nominated celebration of the brilliance of Black women. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! honors trailblazers across generations and disciplines with incredible tributes and soul-stirring musical performances. Join us as a new set of celebrants are recognized. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2011

THE BET HONORS - The BET HONORS celebrates what extraordinary looks like, in the form of accomplished African American honorees serving as a bridge between generations. The BET HONORS continue to affirm African American achievement in stunning fashion for 2012. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 1Q 2012

RIP THE RUNWAY - The #1 rated fashion-themed special anywhere on cable, RIP THE RUNWAY pulses to the rhythm of fashion. The hottest models showcase new lines from leading designers of color. Live performances ignite the stage as the fashion show happens. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 1Q 2012

CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL - This star-studded gathering of Gospel and R&B greats holds the crown as the highest-rated gospel/religious telecast anywhere on television for eleven years running. The success of CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL continues to deliver exclusive collaborations and musical praise without equal. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 2Q 2012

BET AWARDS - The BET AWARDS is the most watched program for African American viewers in cable history for the 10th consecutive year, and #1 with African American viewers 18-34 and 18-49 for the ninth consecutive year. Topping ourselves each year is a challenge we welcome -- and with stunning performances, electrifying tributes and jaw-dropping surprises, expect that challenge to be met and exceeded in 2012. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 2Q 2012

A VERY BET CHRISTMAS - This holiday music special is the ideal way to gather the family together and get them in the Christmas spirit. Viewers' favorite R&B and pop recording stars perform Yuletide classics. Santa may even make an appearance! SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2011

NEW BET DIGITALWEB ORIGINALS

LENOX AVENUE - Dramatic web series LENOX AVENUE tells the story of three male friends in their mid-twenties navigating the rough terrain of love, relationships and careers. Set in Harlem, this series features fresh faces Al Thompson (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) as Owen, and Dorian Missick (LUCKY NUMBER) as Sellars. Michael K. Williams and Jamie Hector from HBO's hit series THE WIRE and Vanessa Bell Calloway of THE CLOSER make guest appearances.

ODESSA - ODESSA is Sci-Fi webisode that follows a man and his young daughter, ODESSA, who have been on the run for as long as they can remember from the clandestine college university science program that bestowed them with psychokinetic abilities. They must avoid them at all costs or be hunted down and used as living weapons.

THE COME UP - Equal parts drama and comedy, this series follows the lives of seven teens in Washington, D.C. as they actively pursue their dreams to make it as future music executives, doctors, lawyers, and superstar athletes. But first they have to make it through high school. Set at Silver Spring High School and the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, this show is driven by storylines that focus on the cast's relationships with one other and the dilemmas they face on their path to adulthood.

ASYLUM - ASYLUM is a thriller that follows a team of doctors as they diagnose and treat patients at the infamous St. Dympna hospital for the criminally insane. Along the way, we will discover intriguing secrets about the staff and learn more about the asylum's mysterious past.

RETURNING HITS ON CENTRIC

THE HOT 10 COUNTDOWN - Hosted by Chuck Nice, THE HOT 10 is the source for what's hot in entertainment and pop culture for the adult contemporary CENTRIC audience, while counting down the 10 hottest videos of the week. THE HOT 10 features a playlist of current R&B, Neo Soul and Hip-Hop, complete with surprise guests who stop by to discuss their latest projects.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS - The iconic brand that defined a generation of both Black and popular culture returns for 2012 with its signature awards show. Expect amazing collaborations and emotional tributes from world-class performers. Recognizing the most revered and most promising voices in soul and R&B has never been more fun than it is on the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS! Simulcast on BET. SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE 4Q 2011

AS WRITTEN - What comes first, the lyrics or the music? This varies from artist to artist, and on this new music series, viewers get an intimate look into the minds of some of today's brilliant soul singers as they unveil their creative process for new projects.

INSIDE - This special series brings viewers into the lives of today's musical masters. What and who inspires them? How do they consistently deliver hits, stay relevant, and maintain a standard of musical excellence? INSIDE delivers the answers by providing a closer look at the genius and legacy of musical trailblazers who have changed the landscape and influenced a generation.

Superstar Choreographer and Creative Director Laurieann Gibson Brings Her Dance Moves to BET in "BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON" on Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 PM*

A New, Original Reality Competition Series Empowering 20 Hopefuls For A Chance To Be Hollywood's Next "It" Dancer

Hundreds of passionate, eager dancers from coast to coast will answer the call, but there can only be one! Premier celebrity choreographer and creative director to the stars Laurieann Gibson shares her expertise with many hopefuls as they embark on the moment of their lives in BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON. The eight-episode series premieres Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 PM*. With her successful career working with A-list performers from Sean "Diddy" Combs to Alicia Keys and currently the creative director behind megastar Lady Gaga, Laurieann joins forces with BET Networks to give the next generation of dancers a chance to realize their dreams.

BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON chronicles the journey of 20 aspiring dancers in an intense chance of a lifetime dance competition. From week to week, Laurieann unleashes her hottest choreography and signature tough love to give these young dancers the tools they need to take their careers to the next level as they battle it out for the number one spot and the ultimate prize of $50,000.

BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON is produced by BET with Executive Producers Laurieann Gibson and Ted & Perry Company.

For more information on BORN TO DANCE: LAURIEANN GIBSON, please visit www.bet.COM

BET Networks Remakes Live TV With Groundbreaking 106 & Park App For iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

New 106 & PARK App allows the user to be part of the live show via Twitter, mobile barcodes, game-like voting and live location-based 'Fame Lottery'

BET Networks today unveiled the most interactive television App the U.S. has ever seen for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that is now available on the App Store. Developed as a companion to the wildly successful music countdown and variety program of the same name, the App allows fans to enjoy a deeper and more interactive experience who have it open while the show airs every weekday from 6:00-8:00 P.M.*106 & PARK is dedicating the entire week of March 28 to the launch of the App, where it will introduce a new key feature every day.

"This App is the first of its kind to fully integrate a real-time mobile user audience with a live TV show," said Denmark West, President of Digital at BET Networks. "We wanted to create a meaningful socially integrated experience that captures the spirit of the 106 & PARK show, the pulse of youth culture."

106 & PARK attracts an average of 791,000 viewers per day – many of whom are early adopters of technology and heavy users of smartphones.

The 106 & PARK App includes several groundbreaking features, including:

  • Location-based 'Fame Lottery' – Users logged into the app will appear on the "106 Nation" live heat map on the show's set. Hosts zoom into a city and call one lucky app user in that city.
  • 'Twitter Wall' – Users can pan around to see who is watching the show and what they're saying about today's trending topic. Users can also post Tweets which have the chance to be read live on the air.
  • Mobile barcodes – Users can unlock special content and prizes by scanning the "Code106" mobile barcodes that appear regularly during the show.
  • Amateur competition voting – Users can vote for their favorite performer and see how individual votes stack up against the rest of the country's in real-time.
  • Countdown video voting – Users scratch a record like a DJ to rack up votes for their favorite countdown video. The more a user plays, the more votes are cast.

The 106 & PARK App also contains over 70 artist bios, each containing articles, photos, videos and recent Tweets. High-quality video clips from previous 106 & PARK episodes are also available within the App for users to enjoy.

A powerful presence in the music and entertainment industry, 106 & PARK has been the #1 music variety show on cable for the past 14 consecutive quarters among adults 18-49, according to the Nielsen Company, and has been integral in launching the careers of numerous hip-hop and R&B artists.

The 106 & PARK App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

BET RIP THE RUNWAY Premieres on BET Monday, March 21st at 10 p.m.*

Selita Ebanks and Mehcad Brooks Sexy it Up for this Year's 'RIP THE RUNWAY,' Premiering Monday, March 21 at 10 P.M.*

Featuring Collections by Rachel Roy, Tennille White, LaQuan Smith, Man vs. Machine, Lila Nikole and Haitian Designer WISB with Performances by Wiz Khalifa, Keri Hilson, Fabolous, Lloyd, Melanie Fiona, Miguel and New Boyz

Special Appearances by Fashion Icon Lady Gaga and Style Diva Kimora Lee Simmons



BET Networks dominates the catwalk with its seventh annual RIP THE RUNWAY. Sexy duo Mehcad Brooks and Selita Ebanks will strut their stuff as the hosts of the most fashion forward night in style and sound on Saturday, February 26 in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. A celebration of music and fashion relationship.

Labeled as the most fashionable night on television which pairs hip sounds with sexy style, RIP THE RUNWAY premieres on Monday, March 21 at 10 p.m.*

BET has once again teamed with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards® and the record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of RIP THE RUNWAY. Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET Networks, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, vice president of specials for BET Networks, will executive produce the telecast.

Joining the sexy models on the catwalk will be the winner of the "Rip The Runway's Amateur Model Contest." The competition finalists will first appear on BET's "106 & Park" today to compete for the opportunity to walk the runway in RIP THE RUNWAY. The aspiring models will be judged by RIP THE RUNWAY host Selita Ebanks, stylist June Ambrose, and celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine. The winning model will be chosen based on personality, photogenic appearance, and sexiness of runway strut.

*All times are ET/PT.

BET Heats up the Winter as Sexy Duo Mehcad Brooks and Selita Ebanks Host BET's 'RIP THE RUNWAY 2011' on Saturday, February 26 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York

It's lucky number 7 for BET's annual fashion celebration, RIP THE RUNWAY. This year's show promises to be the hottest yet when supernatural stud Mehcad Brooks joins forces with supermodel Selita Ebanks to host the annual mashup of music, style and fashion on Saturday, February 26 from the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.


Energetically mashing live music with hot fashion, BET's RIP THE RUNWAY, showcases the hottest designers, musicians, and models. RIP THE RUNWAY tapes on Saturday, February 26 and premieres on BET Monday, March 21 at 10 p.m.*


Host Mehcad Brooks is an actor and model, most recently seen on HBO's True Blood, and currently the face (and body) of Calvin Klein X underwear campaign. Also hosting is supermodel Selita Ebanks, best known for her days as a Victoria's Secret Angel and recent turn as a Phoenix in Kanye West's Runaway.

Past hosts have included Eva Pigford & Fonzworth Bentley ('05), LL Cool J & Gabrielle Union ('06), Chris Brown & Ciara ('07), Nelly & Lauren London with Diddy as Master of Ceremonies ('08), Joy Bryant & Derek Luke ('09), and Nicki Minaj and Pooch Hall ('10).


For up-to-the-minute and archival press information, visit BET's press-only web site at www.bet.com/pr. Follow RIP THE RUNWAY at #RTR and/or #BETRTR.

*All times are ET/PT.

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Cosby to Crews: America's First Family of Fun Drives Into Second Gear for a New Season of Reality With Terry Crews Behind the Wheel, Premiering Sunday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.* on BET

TV's Much Loved Family Man Terry Crews Flexes his Fatherly Muscles, as he Tries to Maintain Balance in the Midst of Changes, in the Second Season of THE FAMILY CREWS

Terry Crews, America's favorite TV dad, is back for another season of THE FAMILY CREWS, granting viewers an honest glance of what it's like to have a successful career in Hollywood, while keeping your faith intact and your family fulfilled. The second season of THE FAMILY CREWS premieres Sunday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.*


Terry Crews, dad both on and off screen, is not your average movie star. Married to his loving wife Rebecca for more than 20 years and the devoted father of five, ages 5 to 23, he has been able to navigate the chaos of raising a family in the entertainment world, without compromising his mid-western values...until now. Now, everything and everyone is changing at the same time, including Terry himself. He now has to uproot his family again and move them cross country in order to work on a new project. Just having returned home from his last television series shoot, Terry has the daunting task of telling his family the news. His wife Rebecca, is upset that she has to put her career aspirations on hold, yet again. Tera, now 12, opposes the move with fears of not making new friends and sadness over leaving her newly redecorated bedroom behind. Azzie, on the other hand, is indifferent as she awaits news of an audition for the NYU Musical Theater Program that will decide her fate. New mom, Naomi, and her boyfriend, Jorge, will stay in L.A. with their 5 month-old daughter, Miley. The little ones, Isaiah and Wynnie, are both excited about the move and thrilled that they can be with their dad, but Wynnie starts to act out as the move draws near.

More new beginnings ahead, this season is filled with twists and turns as navigating life in a new place awaits the entire family. Fans of THE FAMILY CREWS will tune in once again as the Crews family grows, loves, laughs, and prays their way through another chapter of their journey.

THE FAMILY CREWS is executive produced by Strange Fruit Media's D'Angela Proctor & Nia Hill. Terry and Rebecca Crews also serve as Executive Producers on the show. Proctor and Hill are also the executive producing team behind television's #1 gospel music competition show, SUNDAY BEST. THE FAMILY CREWS is a BET Studios Original Production.

BET and CENTRIC Celebrate Black History Month With a Lineup of Exciting Programming Showcasing the Depth and Diversity of the African-American Experience

This Black History Month BET and CENTRIC will pay tribute to the range and richness of the African American experience with a lineup of programming celebrating the cultural contributions of black America.


The carefully curated lineup of thought-provoking black films, BET News specials and compelling original programming include: the 4th Annual BET HONORS; the Network movie premiere of Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls," "Cadillac Records," "Mr. 3000" and "Sounder"; and, new 106 & PARK and BET NEWS joint project MODERN BLACK HISTORY HEROES.

On CENTRIC—BET's adult-focused channel—programming will include: a new series of interstitials LEGENDS OF BLACK MUSIC (featuring Quincy Jones); OBAMA IN GHANA, the remarkable documentary that chronicles President Obama's historic trip to the Republic of Ghana; THE COSBY SHOW: A LOOK BACK, a retrospective on the first family of black television; the esteemed mini-series SHAKA ZULU; and, Valentine's Day movie marathon celebrating "black love" and much more.

Additionally, BET will premiere all-new episodes of hit series THE GAME and LET'S STAY TOGETHER while BET.COM
pays homage to the remarkable accomplishments of African-American civil rights leaders with daily online video vignettes, BLACK IN TIME.

BET and CENTRIC Highlights

BET HONORS – Premieres Monday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m.* on BET Hosted by actress Gabrielle Union, this year's show recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding African Americans by honoring legendary actress Cicely Tyson (Theatrical Arts), Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Jamie Foxx (Entertainer), supermodel/entrepreneur Iman (Service), publishing mogul Linda Johnson Rice (Media), world renowned musician/composer Herbie Hancock (Musical Arts) and accomplished historian/educator Lonnie G. Bunch (Education).

The show's star-studded lineup includes performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Lalah Hathaway, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Guy, Tank, Angelique Kidjo, Naturally 7, Chick Corea Quartet and appearances by Tyler Perry, Cedric the Entertainer, Anika Noni Rose, Hill Harper, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Jimmy Jam and Noah Gray Cabey.

MODERN BLACK HISTORY HEROES – Premieres Tuesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m.* on BET. BET NEWS, in partnership with 106 & PARK, brings us MODERN BLACK HISTORY HEROES, a conversation with four African-Americans leaders from various walks of life making black history today. Each week 106 & PARK will introduce viewers to one of our modern day heroes and invite the audience to submit their own modern black history hero and acknowledge African-Americans making a difference in local communities.

BET.COM PRESENTS BLACK IN TIME – Every day during the month of February, BET.COM will post video narratives of civil rights leaders. From Medgar Evers and the march on Washington to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, BET will pay tribute to 28 moments that pushed the civil rights movement forward and redefined our nation.

OBAMA IN GHANA – Premieres Sunday, February 20 at 10:00 p.m.* on CENTRIC This engaging documentary chronicles the first family's historic trip to the Republic of Ghana, Africa's first nation to gain independence from colonial rule. Viewers see the first family's emotional visit to Ghana's slave dungeons on the cape coast, as well as a special pageant of traditional chiefs in honor of President Obama.

TYLER PERRY'S "DADDY LITTLE GIRLS" – Premieres Monday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.* on BET Gabrielle Union co-stars as a successful attorney who falls in love with a financially challenged mechanic (Idris Elba) who is a single father of three children. The relationship is challenged when the mechanic's ex-wife comes back into his life and threatens to take away their kids. The romantic drama also stars Tasha Smith, Tracee Ellis Ross and Tyler Perry.

"CADILLAC RECORDS" – Premieres Sunday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m.* on BET The story chronicles the rise and fall of Chess Records, the great Chicago blues label of the 1950's and 1960's. With appearances by Beyonce Knowles as troubled singer Etta James, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters , Columbus Short as Little Walter; Cedric the Entertainer as songwriter Willie Dixon and Mos Def as Chuck Berry.

SHAKA ZULU – Premieres Saturday, February 5 at 12:00 p.m.* on CENTRIC This sweeping 1986 miniseries captures the rise and fall of an African emperor with brilliant detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that led to his downfall. Powerful performances by Cele and Dudu Mikhize (as Shaka's iron-willed mother, Nandi) give this sprawling epic the drive and emotional scope of a Shakespearean drama. It was a pop culture phenomena when originally aired in 1986.

THE COSBY SHOW: A LOOK BACK – Premieres Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.* on CENTRIC Honoring the first family of black television, the Cosbys, our retrospective of the phenomenally popular 1984-1992 family comedy, THE COSBY SHOW comes complete with memorable clips, bloopers and comments from series stars, producers and Bill Cosby himself.

For more information, please visit www.bet.com

and www.centrictv.com

*All times are ET/PT.

The Cable Debute of THE GAME on BET Ranks as the #1 Ad-Supported Scripted Series Premiere in Cable History



The Season 4 Premiere Telecast of THE GAME Ranks as the #1 Ad-Supported Sitcom Telecast in Cable Ever Viewed by 7.7 Million Viewers.


The Series Premiere of LET'S STAY TOGETHER Debuts as the #2 Series In BET History With 4.4 Million Viewers

BET's scripted night of programming broke ratings records as millions tuned in on Tuesday, January 11 to watch the hour long cable debut of THE GAME at 10:00 p.m.* and the series premiere of LET'S STAY TOGETHER at 11:00 p.m.*

THE GAME was the #1 ad-supported sitcom telecast in cable TV history, garnering 7.7 million total viewers and 4.87 coverage rating according to the Nielsen Company and was the #1 THE GAME telecast on broadcast and cable ever. The premiere also ranks as the #2 telecast in BET history among viewers (behind BET AWARDS '09).


LET'S STAY TOGETHER, a brand new scripted series on the Network, ranked among the top 5 ad-supported sitcom premieres in cable TV history ever and was the #2 series telecast in BET history behind THE GAME, debuting to 4.4 million viewers among 2.7 million households with a 3.0 coverage rating on Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00 p.m.*

"We are thrilled to see our audience respond so well to THE GAME and LET'S STAY TOGETHER," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "It is clear these two shows are real game changers for the Network and the proven success of last night tells us that our viewers are not only passionate about the types of programming that we offer, but continue to crave on-air programming that reflects and respects our voices."

"We're so proud that our scripted night on television performed so well and it is a testament to the incredible casts, executive producers, directors and writers for both THE GAME and LET'S STAY TOGETHER," said Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming at BET Networks. "As we look forward to our development pipeline, it's clear scripted will continue to play an important role in our original programming slate to tell more of our stories that truly resonate with our audience."

Following BET Networks' successful syndicate acquisition in February 2009, the BET premiere of THE GAME picked up where things left off at the end of season three with the show's main cast -- Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez, Brittany Daniel, Pooch Hall, Tia Mowry and Wendy Raquel Robinson.

In addition to its incredible on-air performance, THE GAME
had the highest amount of social media buzz of all other prime time television shows, according to Trendrr's Prime Time Television Activity Chart for Tuesday, January 11. At one point, commenting on THE GAME Facebook page averaged 893 likes per minute, and 750 comments per minute, after the question "What did you think about tonight's episode?" within the first 28 minutes after the post. THE GAME related topics dominated Twitter with 9 out of the top 10 trending topics 30 minutes into the program.

THE GAME is executive produced by Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, and Kenny Smith. Salim Akil is the Director of all episodes.

LET'S STAY TOGETHER, a romantic comedy that takes an unconventional look into the lives of five young, ambitious African Americans, centers on a married couple, an engaged couple and a single sister who all take courageous steps as they navigate life, love and matrimony. The fresh, break-out cast includes Bert Belasco, Joyful Drake, Nadine Ellis, Erica Hubbard and RonReaco Lee.

LET'S STAY TOGETHER, was created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer, who is also the show's Executive Producer along with Dana Owens (Queen Latifah) and Shakim Compere. LET'S STAY TOGETHER is a BET Studios Original Production.

*All times EST

Source: The Nielsen Company. Live + Same Day data.
Trey Songz, Ne-yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Lalah Hathaway and More to Deliver Thrilling Performances at BET HONORS 2011

Tyler Perry, Cedric the Entertainer, Anika Noni Rose, and Hill Harper Will Present Awards to Honorees With Host Gabrielle Union.

Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Linda Johnson Rice and Lonnie Bunch Are the 2011 Honorees at BET HONORS Premiering on Monday, February 21, at 9:00 p.m.*

The fourth annual BET HONORS

gears up for a highly anticipated show on Saturday, January 15 with a premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m.*


Acclaimed actress Gabrielle Union hosts the show for a third year, honoring legendary actress Cicely Tyson (Theatrical Arts), Oscar award-winning actor/musician and comedian Jamie Foxx (Entertainer), supermodel/entrepreneur Iman (Service), publishing mogul Linda Johnson Rice (Media), world renowned musician/composer Herbie Hancock (Musical Arts) and accomplished historian/educator Lonnie G. Bunch (Education).

The show's star-studded lineup includes performances by Trey Songz, Ne-yo, Lalah Hathaway, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Guy, Tank, Angelique Kidjo, Naturally 7, Chick Corea Quartet and the Cicely L. Tyson Concert Choir. Some of the first presenters confirmed are Tyler Perry, Cedric the Entertainer, Anika Noni Rose, Hill Harper, Jimmie Jam and Noah Gray Cabey.

Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with John Cossette of John Cossette Productions.

Proceeds from this year's BET HONORS

private ticket sales will be given to the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

For more information on THE BET HONORS, visit www.bet.com/bethonors


BET Brings 'THE GAME' Back to the Field!


The Fourth Season of THE GAME Begins With Two New Back-to-Back Episodes Premiering on Tuesday, January 11 at 10:00 P.M.*


Following BET Networks' successful syndicate acquisition in February 2009 and hearing the tremendous response from fans, the "San Diego Sabers" and their significant others will make a return to television on BET on Tuesday, January 11 at 10:00 p.m.* with the hour-premiere of the 4th season of 'THE GAME; When the series first premiered, Melanie was a first-year medical school student who gave up an offer of admission to medical school in order to follow her boyfriend Derwin, a first year rookie with a professional football team, to San Diego, against the advice of her parents. When Melanie settled into her new life, she met Tasha, the mother of Sabers' starting quarterback Malik, and Kelly the wife of Sabers' captain Jason. Both of whom immediately warn her to keep a close eye on her boyfriend because of the numerous "gold diggers" who target professional football players.


The BET premiere of THE GAME


picks up where things left off at the end of season three. Viewers will join the team two years later with Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) and Melanie Barnett-Davis (Tia Mowry Hardict) as the celebrity "IT" couple; Derwin is now the star he had always dreamed of becoming and Melanie has willingly traded in her residency for the demands of being a superstar's wife. The ever opinionated and outspoken Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson) continues to make her mark in the field of sports management now that she has rebuilt Derwin's career; Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel) – the former Mrs. Jason Pitts –tries to finesse her past as a footballer's wife to leverage a lucrative future in reality television. Meanwhile, former San Diego Sabers' star team captain, Jason Pitts (Coby Bell) has found a new career in sports commentating. The fun-loving Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez) continues to be the life of the party, but will he take things too far this time around? Fans can once again join their favorite team in the end zone as season four will surely not disappoint.


THE GAME is executive produced by Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, and Kenny Smith. Salim is the Director of all episodes.

Never Knew Love Like This Before...BET Presents LET'S STAY TOGETHER, a New Original Series that Gives An Updated, Urban Perspective on Love and Marriage Premiering Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00 P.M.*


Is an updated, urban— romantic comedy that takes an unconventional look into the lives of five young, ambitious African Americans. The series centers on a married couple, an engaged couple and a single sister who all take courageous steps as they navigate life, love and matrimony. Premiering on Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00 p.m.*, LET'S STAY TOGETHER


Is a journey through the highs and lows of love and relationships.


The fresh, break-out cast includes Bert Belasco (Community Service, House), Joyful Drake (Get Him To The Greek, Beauty Shop) Nadine Ellis (Lie to Me, Iron Man 2), Erica Hubbard (Lincoln Heights, Akeelah and the Bee), and RonReaco Lee (The Good Guys, Madea Goes to Jail).


MEET THE CAST:


Stacy Lawrence (Nadine Ellis) - Stacy, 33, is a successful pediatrician who works hard and loves even harder. Committed to Charles, her fiance, and their growing relationship, she has every intention of making it down the aisle, yet the idea of marriage has her on edge—so much so that she has yet to pick a date.


Charles Whitmore (Bert Belasco) - Charles, 28, is a man's man who takes pride in his work as a self-employed contractor who remodels historic homes. Engaged to Stacy, Charles knows how to keep the good times rolling with his comedic perspective on love.


Tasha Woodson (Joyful Drake) - Tasha, 29, younger sister of Stacy, married to Jamal, and the mother of six month-old twins, is a former party-girl turned housewife.

Life isn't always easy, but it's always fun as she is forever plotting her next big get rich scheme.


Jamal Woodson (RonReaco Lee) -Jamal, 29, is a smart, savvy, do-gooder who has decided to use his law degree to better serve his community rather than jump on the partner track at a big corporate firm. As he and Tasha embrace the trials and tribulations of raising twins on his lean salary, his eye never waivers from the prize--the love he has for his family.


Kita Whitmore (Erica Hubbard) – Kita, 24, is on a "man-cation" and enjoys being single. Charles' younger sister is sassy, flirtatious, and a proud employee of the DMV. This is one woman who isn't looking to settle down just yet.


LET'S STAY TOGETHER


was created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer. Jacque is also the show's Executive producer along with, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah) and Shakim Compere. LET'S STAY TOGETHER


Its a BET Studios Original Production.


About the Executive Producer


Jacque Edmonds Cofer was the Co-Executive Producer of Fox's "Living Single" and the Executive Producer of "Moesha." Her other credits include Co-Executive Producer of "Abby," "All About the Andersons" and "Cuts." Her professional work has garnered her an Image Award from the NAACP, a PRISM award from the National Institutes of Health, two SHINE awards, the President's Award from the Alliance of Black Entertainment Technicians and the Today's Hope Award from The Links, Inc.

'106 & PARK' and BET News Tackle the Issue of Teen Bullying Live on Thursday, January 13 at 6 PM*

With Celebrity Testimonials from Keri Hilson, Chrisette Michelle, Ginuwine, Jamie Foxx and Lance Gross
Guests Include Mike from Bad Boy's Day 26, Marsha Ambrosius and our Panel of Experts Dr. Michelle Callahan, Dr. Jeff Gardere, Dr. Tartt and Cyber Bully Expert Patty Aftab

LIVE from New York City tonight, January 13, 2011 at 6 pm*, 106 & PARK in conjunction with BET News will devote an entire episode to "Teen Bullying". 106 & PARK will gather a panel of experts, celebrities, industry insiders and victims to carefully examine the impact of teen bullying among our youth and provide useful, helpful and realistic tips on confronting this issue and becoming empowered.

The special will include testimonials from young people from across the country who share their testimonies on how bullying has impacted their lives. There will also be special video testimonies from Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson, Chrisette Michelle, Lance Gross and many others on the topic of bullying.

Dr. Michelle Callahan, Dr. Jeff Gardere, Dr. Tartt and Cyber Bully expert Patty Aftab will all be on hand with 106 & PARK hosts, Terrence and Rocsi, to assist with any questions and/or situations discussed during this show. It's an important 106 & PARK not to be missed.

Heart-Warming, Hand-Clapping, Soul-Stirring Gospel Music Was Ordered as BET Delivered Another Electrifying 'CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL,' Airing Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 P.M.*


Legendary Vocalists Whitney Houston and Kim Burrell Amazed Audience Members with an Inspiring Performance of 'I Look to You.' Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Chaka Khan, El DeBarge, BeBe Winans, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kelly Price, LeAndria Johnson, Rance Allen Group, Israel Houghton, VaShawn Mitchell and More United for Gospel Music's Biggest Night.


It was a night filled with the Holy Spirit and high notes reaching the heavens as audience members rejoiced at the CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL '11


The two-hour special, premiering Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.*, paid tribute to the rich history of gospel music in a unique format that combined today's leading gospel and secular artists. Hosted by popular comedian, author, game show host and syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey, the inspirational and uplifting presentation packed a powerful punch by some of the industry's top players.


Taped from the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, the CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL '11


had memorable performances by fresh talent alongside current favorites of gospel. Highlights included Byron Cage, Smokie Norful, Kelly Price, and Kathy Taylor coming together for a moving tribute honoring the late "Queen of Gospel," Albertina Walker, and beloved gospel pioneer Walter Hawkins; Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary debuting the world premiere of their new record; Chaka Khan serenading the crowd with her timeless classic, "Through the Fire"; Grammy-nominated® artist VaShawn Mitchell performing his chart-topping single "Nobody Greater"; James Fortune and FIYA belting out their rousing hit "I Believe"; and ending the night, a surprise performance of "I Look to You" by Kim Burrell and Whitney Houston, which left audience members speechless!


The audience was also treated to performances by SUNDAY BEST alums LeAndria Johnson, Y'Anna Crawley and Jessica Reedy alongside R&B songstress Kelly Price, Howard Hewett, Earnest Pugh, Rance Allen Group, Chante Moore, Myron Butler, Jonathan Nelson and Purpose, Israel Houghton, and Beverly Crawford with Dr. Bobby Jones and the Spirit of David Choir.


CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL '11


Is a BET Networks Production. Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET's vice president of specials, and Geovanni Brewer will executive produce the telecast.

TV's Much Loved Family Man Terry Crews Flexes his Fatherly Muscles, as he Tries to Maintain Balance in the Midst of Changes, in the Second Season of THE FAMILY CREWS

Terry Crews, America's favorite TV dad is back for another season of THE FAMILY CREWS

Granting viewers an honest, glance of what it is like to have a successful career in Hollywood, while keeping your faith intact and your family fulfilled. The second season of THE FAMILY CREWS

premieres Sunday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.*

Terry Crews, dad both on and off screen, is not your average movie star. Married to his loving wife Rebecca for more than 20 years and the devoted father of five, ages 5 to 23, he has been able to navigate the chaos of raising a family in the entertainment world, without compromising his mid-western values...until now. Now, everything and everyone is changing at the same time, including Terry himself. He now has to uproot his family again, and move them cross country in order to work on a new project. Just having returned home for his last movie shoot, he has the daunting task of telling his family the news. His wife Rebecca is upset that she has to put her career aspirations on hold, yet again. Tera, now 12, opposes the move with fears of not making new friends and sadness over leaving her newly redecorated bedroom behind. Azzie, on the other hand, is indifferent as she awaits news of an audition for the NYU Musical Theater Program that will decide her fate. New mom, Naomi, and her boyfriend, Jorge, will stay in L.A. with their 5 month-old baby, Miley. The little ones, Isaiah and Wynnie, are both excited about the move and thrilled that they can be with their dad, but Wynnie starts to act out as the move draws near.

More new beginnings ahead, this season is filled with twists and turns as navigating life in a new place awaits the entire family. Fans of THE FAMILY CREWS

will tune in once again as the Crews family grows, loves, laughs, and prays their way through another chapter of their journey.

THE FAMILY CREWS

is executive produced by Strange Fruit Media's D'Angela Proctor & Nia Hill. Terry and Rebecca Crews also serve as Executive Producers on the show. Proctor and Steed are the executive producing team behind television's #1 gospel music competition show, SUNDAY BEST. The Family Crews is a BET Studios Original Production.

It's Not a Real Party Without Your Family: BET Favorite Antonia 'Toya' Carter Makes a Comeback with Her Own Original Series 'TOYA: A FAMILY AFFAIR,' Premiering Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 P.M.*

Toya, who made her debut on BET's hit series TINY & TOYA, is back with a new series TOYA: A FAMILY AFFAIR

Premiering Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 p.m.* Viewers will follow her fearless journey as she continues to carve out a personal and professional path for herself while dealing with the burden of keeping her troubled family together and out of the perils of street life.

The season is full of surprising and challenging moments as Toya continues to balance her life while supporting her mother through drug addiction and watching over her four brothers: Walter, Rudy, Casey, and Josh, at very pivotal turning points in their lives. The eldest sibling, Walter, recently released from a 10-year prison term is determined to turn his life around; Rudy is playing when he should be serious about continuing his education; Casey is learning the importance of fatherhood at a very young age, and Josh is dealing with the growing pains of everyday life. Surrounded by her loved ones, Toya welcomes a new relationship with the potential of marriage to music mogul, MempHitz while balancing the challenge of raising her 11-year-old daughter by hip hop superstar Lil Wayne, Reginae. With the compassion of a superwoman, Toya finds herself overcoming the odds and reaching unimaginable heights.

TINY & TOYA garnered 3 million viewers and was the number one BET original series "premiere" in 2009. The series gave viewers a look into the lives of Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and Antonia "Toya" Carter while highlighting their personal strengths and commitments to staying true to themselves.

Produced by the same award-winning Executive Producer, James DuBose of DuBose Entertainment who brought us TINY & TOYA, TOYA: A FAMILY AFFAIR

promises to bring another captivating series of intelligent and inspiring reality television to BET.


BET HONORS

BET Recognizes Six Exceptional Individuals That are Legendary in Music, the Arts, Service and Education in the Fourth Annual BET HONORS.

On Saturday, January 15, BET Networks Honors the Achievements of Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Linda Johnson Rice and Lonnie Bunch BET HONORS Premieres on Monday, February 21, at 9:00 p.m.*

In its fourth consecutive year, BET Networks presents BET HONORS

An unforgettable night honoring the achievements of six extraordinary legends in music, the arts, service and education. Hosted by actress Gabrielle Union for the third year and taped at the historic Warner Theater in Washington, DC, BET HONORS

Recognizes lifetime contributions and exceptional service of certain individuals to African-American culture in music, media, film, service and education. The special will premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m.*


The 2011 honorees include legendary actress Cicely Tyson (Theatrical Arts), Oscar award-winning actor/musician and comedian Jamie Foxx (Entertainer), supermodel/entrepreneur Iman (Service), publishing mogul Linda Johnson Rice (Media), world renowned musician/composer Herbie Hancock and accomplished historian/educator Lonnie G. Bunch (Education).

Last year's monumental show honored Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ruth Simmons and Keith Black with once-in-a-lifetime performances by Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, among others.

Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with John Cossette of John Cossette Productions.

Proceeds from this year's BET HONORS

private ticket sales will be given to the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. Additionally, BET Networks will encourage audience members, viewers at home and online visitors to donate to the Project.

For more information on THE BET HONORS

visit www.bet.com/bethonors

*All times EST

About the 2011 BET Honorees

CICELY TYSON - Her storied career as both pioneer and numerous award-winning actress have made her a national treasure. In 1962, Cicely became the first black actress to co-star in a television drama series, East Side / West Side. Cicely is probably best known on the television side for her Emmy-Award winning performance in The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All and her double-Emmy-Award winning performance in The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman. In 2009, Cicely was nominated for an Emmy for her work Hallmark's TV movie Relative Strangers. On the feature side, Cicely is easily recognizable for her Academy Award-nominated performance in Sounder. 2009 marked an important moment for Cicely as well as the art community of Orange, New Jersey with the unveiling of the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts on October 24, 2009. Ms. Tyson was recently honored by the NAACP when she became the 95th recipient of the Spingarn Medal.

JAMIE FOXX - A true renaissance man, Jamie Foxx has firmly established himself as a legitimate multi-threat, garnering endless accolades and praise in the worlds of film & television, music, comedy, and radio. An Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, and SAG winner; Foxx first broke onto the scene in the early '90s as a cast member of the groundbreaking sketch comedy series In Living Color. From there, Foxx expanded onto the big screen with his first dramatic role, going toe-to-toe with legend, Al Pacino, in Oliver Stone's stylized football flick Any Given Sunday. He went on to star alongside some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Colin Farrell, and Robert Downey Jr., but no role was bigger and better received than his career-altering, Oscar-winning turn as Ray Charles in Ray. Foxx continues to stretch his talents in such hit films as Valentine's Day (starring Julia Roberts, George Lopez, and Jessica Biel), Due Date (starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis), and the upcoming Horrible Bosses (starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, and Kevin Spacey), all the while blazing the music scene with platinum albums Unpredictable and Intuition. His highly anticipated next album, Best Night of My Life, drops December 2010.

IMAN - Iman began her career in 1975 as a model and has challenged the prevailing notions of beauty ever since. The daughter of an African diplomat, Iman was born in Somalia and grew up speaking five languages. She studied political science at Nairobi University where she was discovered by legendary photographer Peter Beard. Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue in 1976. Iman was an instant success in the fashion world, and a muse for fashion designers including Yves. St. Laurent, Versace, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. During her 14 years as a model, she worked with top photographers Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Annie Liebovitz. Iman is Founder and CEO of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances, a beauty company that created the first cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all women with skin of color. Iman's HSN Global Chic line is one of the four top sellers among more than 200 fashion and jewelry brands on HSN. Additionally, Iman was recently honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the Fashion Icon Award and currently co-hosts Bravo's The Fashion Show. In addition to running a global beauty company, Iman is actively involved in several charities, including The Children's Defense Fund and Action Against Hunger. In 2006 Iman became the Global Ambassador for KEEP A CHILD ALIVE.

LINDA JOHNSON RICE - Linda Johnson Rice is chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., home of Ebony and Jet magazines and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Under her leadership, the company remains the No. 1 African-American owned-and-operated publishing company in the world. She continued in her role as chairman as of August 10, 2010, after being named chairman and CEO of the corporation in 2008. Rice was appointed to chief executive officer in 2002 and became president and chief operating officer in 1987. As head of the organization, Rice has implemented several innovative initiatives throughout Johnson Publishing Company, which is headquartered in Chicago and has offices in New York and London. Her leadership has delivered consistent growth for the company as she championed the revitalization of layout and design for EBONY and JET, in addition to the new advertising, packaging and product launches for Fashion Fair Cosmetics. These initiatives have resulted in increased productivity for both the publishing and cosmetics sectors of the business. Rice demonstrates a strong belief in enhancing the future of today's youth by supporting several education initiatives and corporate internship programs as well as the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University. Through Ebony Fashion Fair, Johnson Publishing Company has donated more than $55 million to charitable causes, many related to education.

HERBIE HANCOCK - Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 12 Grammy® Awards, he continues to amaze audiences. There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, "Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him." Herbie Hancock won an Oscar in 1986 for scoring the film Round Midnight, in which he also appeared as an actor. He also maintains a thriving career outside the performing stage and recording studio. Recently named by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Creative Chair For Jazz, he currently also serves as Institute Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the foremost international organization devoted to the development of jazz performance and education worldwide. Hancock is also a founder of The International Committee of Artists for Peace. Now in the fifth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: in the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. Though one can't track exactly where he will go next, he is sure to leave his inimitable imprint wherever he lands.

LONNIE G. BUNCH - Historian, author, curator and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. In this position he is working to set the museum's mission, coordinate its fundraising and membership campaigns, develop its collections, establish cultural partnerships and oversees the design and construction of the museum's building. As a public historian, a scholar who brings history to the people, Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field where he is regarded as one of the nation's leading figures in the historical and museum community. In service to the historical and cultural community, Bunch has served on the advisory boards of the American Association of Museums and the American Association of State and Local History. Among his many awards, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Commission for the Preservation of the White House in 2002. In 2005, Bunch was named one of the 100 most influential museum professionals in the 20th century by the American Association of Museums and in 2009; Ebony Magazine named him one of its 150 most influential African Americans. Born in the Newark, N.J. area, Bunch has held numerous teaching positions across the country including The American University in Washington, D.C. (1978-1979); the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1979-1981); and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1989-2000). He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The American University in Washington, D.C. in African American and American history.

About the Host

GABRIELLE UNION - Gabrielle Union is an award-winning actress, successful model and has been praised by Oprah Winfrey for being a noted activist on violence against women. She landed her first major role opposite Kirsten Dunst in the teen hit Bring It On in 2001. Since then, she has catapulted her career to the next level: starring in blockbuster films Bad Boys II, opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Deliver Us From Eva in 2003, opposite LL Cool J, the Tyler Perry film Daddy's Girls and the Christmas film The Perfect Holiday to name a few. Union has appeared in countless TV shows including a recent role in ABC's hit series, FlashForward.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS Encore Telecast Sunday, December 19th at 9:00 P.M.* on CENTRIC

3.9 Million Tuned In To Watch The 2010 'Soul Train Awards' On BET

3.9 MILLION TUNED IN TO WATCH ANOTHER SOULFUL RIDE DURING THE 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS ON BET AND CENTRIC

Telecast garnered a 3.18 coverage rating in 2.7 million households

The premiere of the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS on BET and CENTRIC on Sunday, November 28, at 9:00 P.M.* drew 3.9 Million total viewers garnering a 3.18 coverage rating among 2.7 million households according to The Nielsen Company. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howardand Taraji P. Henson, the 2010 SOULTRAIN AWARDS is the #1 Q410 BET telecast (among households and viewers), the #1 4Q10 cable special among women and the #1 telecast on CENTRIC for calendar year 2010.

The 2010 SOULTRAIN AWARDS honored the outstanding careers of legendary artists Anita Baker and Ron Isleyand showcased today’s hottest R&B artists with performances and appearances by R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Michael Baisden, Bruno Mars, Jazmine Sullivan, Eric Benét, Fonzworth Bentley, Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Chilli, Keyshia Cole, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Kim Fields, Cee Lo Green, Steve Harvey, Ray J, Tom Joyner, Kem, Biz Markie, Ne-Yo, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Lamman Rucker, Raven-Symoné, SWV, Wolf Blitzer and more.

Encore telecasts of the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS are set for:

* Sunday, December 19 at 9:00 P.M.* on CENTRIC

The 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS was produced by Sunseeker Media and directed by Jonathan X, in collaboration with BET Event Productions. Paxton Baker, CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager, Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC Vice President of Specials and Music Programming; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings’ Kenard Gibbs, and Anthony Maddox were the executive producers of the Network telecast.

For extended performances, back from break acts, celebrity interviews and a list of winners, please visit
www.bet.com/Specials/soultrainawards10/.


*All times ET/PT.

BET Networks Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary with 'BET 30

BET Networks Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary with 'BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS' - A Look at 30 Significant Events of the Past 3 Decades.

NETWORK PREMIERE, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010 @ 8 PM*

This Two-Hour Special Features Commentary from Artists and CelebritiesIncluding Michael Jordan, Vanessa Williams, Magic Johnson, Bob Johnson, Jay Z, Tyra Banks, Donnie Simpson, Pharrell, El Debarge, and Wyclef Jean Among Many Others..

On Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM*, BET will revisit 30 memorable moments and movements in the three decades since its birth with the network, prime-time premiere of BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS

From entertainment empires, to world-shifting disasters, to incidents that have changed our world, this special takes a distinctive look at the events that have shaped Black culture and consciousness over the past 30 years from a personal and intimate narrative. This two-hour special shines a light on the seminal moments in American culture that were shaped and created by rare and remarkable African-American personalities.

BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS

includes a look at "police brutality" through the eyes of Rodney King; "the September 11 attacks" from the personal insight of Melodie Homer, widow of one of the pilots of Flight 93; and explores hip-hop's commercial rise from the perspective of rap icon Jay-Z. From the effect the Cosby family had in American households to Obama's meteoric rise to Spike Lee and the emergence of black filmmakers to the crack and HIV/AIDS epidemics devastating urban communities, BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS

covers these moments and their influence on African-American and world culture from a distinctive viewpoint.

BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS

explores the significance of these events with pioneers, celebrities and everyday people who helped impact and who were impacted by these thirty unique focal points. Featuring poignant, emotional interviews with luminaries like Jay-Z, Tyra Banks, John Singleton, Vanessa Williams, Lisa Leslie, Ed Gordon, Rodney King and many more, this retrospective examines these occasions through their surprisingly personal and candid narratives.

BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS

was executive produced by Donna Michelle Anderson and produced by Nancy Oey for BET Networks and premieres Sunday, December 19th at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

*All times ET/PT

For additional information, log on to www.bet.com/bet30
Multi-Award Winning R&B Sensation R. Kelly Returns to the Stage to Kick Off the Most Soulful Night in Entertainment at the 2010 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 9:00 P.M.*

CNN'S Wolf Blitzer and Doug E. Fresh Perform the "Dougie" on Stage.


R&B icons Anita Baker and Ron Isley honored with Legendary Performances by Dionne Farris, Rachelle Ferrell, R. Kelly, Jeffrey Osborne, Eric Benet, Bilal, Keyshia Cole and Tamia
Hosted by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS Includes Performances and Appearances by Erykah Badu, Michael Baisden, Eric Benet, Fonzworth Bentley, Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Chilli, Keyshia Cole, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Kim Fiel.

R&B sensation R. Kelly returns to the stage with a medley of his hits, "Bump N' Grind," "Your Body is Calling," "When A Woman's Fed Up," "Happy People," and "When a Woman Loves" to open up the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS.

Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the 2010 SOULTRAIN AWARDS

will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9:00 P.M.* and feature never before seen collaborations, performances and appearances by Erykah Badu, Michael Baisden, Eric Benet, Fonzworth Bentley, Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Chilli, Keyshia Cole, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Kim Fields, Cee Lo Green, Steve Harvey, Ray J, Tom Joyner, Kem, Biz Markie, Ne-Yo, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Lamman Rucker, Raven-Symone, SWV and more. CNN's Wolf Blitzer, a longtime fan of Soul Train, steals the show when he took to the stage with Doug E. Fresh to do the "Dougie" dance and later accepted an award on behalf of Eminem, who could not attend.


Although the show did not offer an official Soul Train line, hosts Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson tore up the stage with a rousing dance off to "Hot Toddy" and "Whip My Hair;" "Stanky Leg" and "Rude Boy;" and "How Low Can You Go."

Anita Baker proved she was a fortunate woman with a passion for music when she accepted her Legend Award after a tribute from a powerhouse of female vocalists—Chrisette Michelle, Faith Evans, Tamia, Rachelle Ferrell, Lalah Hathaway and Dionne Farris—who performed a medley of Baker's hits from "Caught Up in the Rapture" to "Giving You the Best That I Got."

Later, Erykah Badu brought her soul to the stage with an eclectic medley of "Out of my mind/Window Seat" that featured light instillations combined with her unique style. And then the animated Cee Lo Green took his eccentric style to a new level with his performance of his hit song, "Forget You."

Hip hop superstars Biz Markie, Just Blaze and Kid Capri presented the winner of the "Best Hip Hop Song of the Year" and serenaded the crowd with Biz Markie's hit song, "Just a Friend." Eminem, the category winner, was not in attendance to receive the award so Wolf Blitzer accepted on his behalf stating "Eminem can't be here so who better to accept this award. I know he's thrilled so on behalf of Eminen and everyone else, thank you."

The comedic genius Steve Harvey presented Ron Isley with the second Legend Award for the night. R&B heavyweights Keyshia Cole, Bilal, Tank, El DeBarge, Eric Benet, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne and Freddy Jackson serenaded the icon with a medley of his greatest hits. After his acceptance speech, Ron Isley performed his sultry songs "Between the Sheets" and "What I Missed the Most" and later collaborated with Chante Moore and R. Kelly for the throwback hit, "Contagious."

In addition to the above performances and tributes, the following awards were presented at the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS:

* Best New Artist - Melanie Fiona
* Best Female R&B Soul Artist - Alicia Keys
* Song of the Year - "Nothing on You" B.o.B. feat Bruno Mars
* Best Hip Hop Song of the Year - "Love the Way You Lie", Eminem featuring Rihanna
* Best Male R&B Soul Artist - Trey Songz and Usher (tie)
* Album of the Year - Usher Raymond, Raymond vs. Raymond
* Record of the Year (songwriter award) - Alicia Keys, "Unthinkable (I'm Ready)"@s, songwriters: Alicia Keys, Aubrey Graham, Brothers, Noah "40" Shebib
* Best Reggae Artist Award - Gyptian
* Centric Award - Janelle Monae
* Best Gospel Performance Male Female or Group - Marvin Sapp
* Best Dance Performance - Ciara, "Ride"


The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS

is produced by Sunseeker Media and directed by Jonathan X, in collaboration with BET Event Productions. Paxton Baker, CENTRIC

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC

Vice President of Specials and Music Programming; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings' Kenard Gibbs, and Anthony Maddox will all be the executive producers of the Network telecast.

For more information, please visit www.centrictv.com


*All times ET/PT.

Antoine Dodson Performs 'Bed Intruder Song' at BET Awards

The song’s source material could not have been more unlikely: A local TV news report from Huntsville, Alabama about an intruder who climbed into a woman’s bed and tried to assault her.

News Report Becomes iTunes Hit

But with some clever editing and the use of software that can turn speech into singing, the Gregory Brothers, a quartet of musicians living in Brooklyn, transformed an animated and angry rant by the victim’s brother into something genuinely catchy.

The "Bed Intruder" song has made Ala. native Antoine Dodson a viral celebrity.



Top Entertainment Personality Steve Harvey and CENTRIC Join Forces to Debut 'THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT' on Monday, November 15 at 9:00 P.M.*

The Steve Harvey Project Brings Top-Rated Steve Harvey Morning Show Nightly to CENTRIC

Entertainment heavyweight Steve Harvey brings his fun, fast-paced and popular morning radio program "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" to CENTRIC premiering Monday, November 15 at 9:00 p.m.* and airing nightly Monday - Friday. An hour-long show that presents the best of the morning show, THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT is a nightly show unlike any other, filmed daily with bits by fan favorites like Sister O'Dell, Eugene, the Pastors and many more. Featuring the cast of Steve Harvey, his sidekick/comedian Nephew Tommy, and supporting co-hosts Shirley Strawberry and Carla Ferrell, the show will include character sketches by Steve and Tommy, a singing contest, live studio guests, celebrity interviews, a dating segment called "Locate Your Love," and the show's signature relationship segment "Strawberry Letter." In this major feature, viewers write in to Shirley and Steve for relationship advice and they offer different, hilarious takes on the questions. Using robust on-line recruitment from Steveharvey.com and daily listener call-ins, the show is interactive and lively and provides an inside look into the makings of one of the country's most innovative and successful morning radio shows.


With the debut of THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT, Steve Harvey and CENTRIC continue to lead the way in bringing original entertainment that makes an impact on the culture and lifestyle of today's African-American and diverse audiences. Garnering huge ratings and acclaim as the new host of the long-running syndicated game show "Family Feud," the comedian, best-selling author and top radio personality joins CENTRIC to add another dimension to the show by allowing his millions of fans to see the top-rated "Steve Harvey Morning Show" in action. By taping the show for television, CENTRIC will give fans a look into the show they listen to every morning.

Says Harvey, "I am elated to present THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT on CENTRIC, a network that is committed to providing programming that is innovative and new," says Harvey. "It's going to be fun to show fans of the 'Steve Harvey Morning Show' all that goes on behind the scenes and how much their support inspires us everyday."

"We are thrilled to have the multi-faceted Steve Harvey and the cast of THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT on CENTRIC as they've built a tremendously successful radio show that will entertain and elevate our audience even more on screen," said Loretha Jones, president of original programming at BET Networks.

"We are excited to present Steve's radio family with the opportunity to see him on television," said Paxton Baker, CENTRIC's general manager and executive vice president. "Steve's voice has been heard and known throughout the radio waves for the past five years, and now we have the opportunity for listeners to not only hear him but see his show come to life on CENTRIC."

The premiere of THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT on Monday, November 15 continues a busy fall quarter for Steve Harvey, coming on the heels of his debut in September hosting "Family Feud" - which has been grabbing massive ratings nationwide - and the much-anticipated release of his second book on relationships, Straight Talk, No Chaser - which will hit shelves on December 7. Harvey will also grace the stage at CENTRIC's 2010 Soul Train Awards to present the Legend Award to Ron Isley. The show tapes November 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in metropolitan Atlanta and will air on November 28th in a special simulcast on BET and CENTRIC at 9:00 p.m.*

THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT is produced by Executive Producers Steve Harvey, Rushion McDonald, and Co-Executive Producer Eugenia Harvey. Other contributors include Special Consultant Kenn Michael and Senior Producer Kim Gagne. THE STEVE HARVEY PROJECT is produced by Nu-Opp, Inc.

*Airs 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.


About Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, which eventually led to a long stint as host of "It's Showtime at the Apollo" and multiple TV sitcoms as well as movie roles, including: "Me and The Boys" on ABC from 1994-1995, "The Steve Harvey Show" on the WB from 1996-2002 and "Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge" on the WB from 2003-2005. Throughout his success, Harvey has never lost sight of his passion for stand-up comedy.

Touring as one of the Kings of Comedy alongside Cedric The Entertainer, the late Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley in 1997, the immediate success of the tour led to the taping of one of the most successful comedy DVDs in history - "The Original Kings of Comedy" - directed by Spike Lee. He has also released numerous comedy specials. Currently hosting "Family Feud", where ratings have increased more than 40 percent, Harvey also hosts the nationally syndicated "Steve Harvey Morning Show", which airs in over 60 markets and has approximately 7 million listeners from 6-10 AM PM*.

His first book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man was released January 27, 2009. The runaway bestseller quickly became a relationship classic, resonating with audiences around the world. His newest book, Straight Talk, No Chaser will be released on December 7, 2010. With a wide range of fans from kids to adults of all ages, whether reaching people as a comedian, radio personality, author, TV host, actor, entrepreneur or philanthropist, Harvey remains true to uplifting others through humor, sharing enriching words and actions that enliven everyday life.

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Wolf Blitzer Takes His Situation to 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS.

'The Situation Room' Gets a Little Fresher During The Most Soulful Night In Entertainment Premiering November 28 at 9:00 PM*

New Performances Include Jazmine Sullivan, Bruno Mars, El DeBarge, Kem, and Rachelle Farrell.

Wolf Blitzer will take his CNN "The Situation Room" to a whole new situation. No, we're not talking about the Jersey Shore. The respected CNN anchor will grace the soul stage to make a special presentation at the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, Wednesday, November 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in metropolitan Atlanta, GA. He'll be trading political commentary for all things peace, love, and soul as he gives his up-to-the-minute report in the middle of the awards. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9:00 PM*.


Blitzer joins the star-studded cast of entertainers including radio legends Steve Harvey, Tom Joyner, and Michael Baisden. Musical heavyweights Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Ginuwine, Janelle Monae, SWV, Ray J, Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Biz Markie, Trina, Chili, Fonzworth Bentley, and Bilal add to the lineup of stellar presenters. Actors Lamman Rucker, Raven Symone, Kim Fields, Elise Neal, "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show's" Cleveland Brown, Denise Boutte, George Wilbourne, Demetria McKinney, and Terri Vaughn will also grace the Soul Train stage.

2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS promises the most dynamic evening in entertainment. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, musical legends Anita Baker and Ron Isley will be honored by some of the hottest performers in today's music. Performances include R. Kelly, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo, Erykah Badu, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, Jazmine Sullivan, Bruno Mars, El Debarge, Faith Evans, Kem, Tamia, Chrisette Michele, Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson, Rachelle Farrell, Bilal, Chante Moore, Dionne Farris, Lalah Hathaway, Tank, and Gyptian.

2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced by Sunseeker Media and directed by Jonathan X, in collaboration with BET Event Productions. Paxton Baker, CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager, Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC Vice President of Specials and Music Programming; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings' Kenard Gibbs, and Anthony Maddox will all be the executive producers of the network telecast.

For more information, please visit 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS.

*All times ET/PT



About Soul Train Holdings

Soul Train Holdings was formed in May 2008 by MadVision Entertainment and Intermedia Partners. Madvision was created by media and entertainment veterans, Kenard Gibbs, Peter Griffith, and Anthony Maddox. The group was created following the acquisition of the iconic franchise and catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from Don Cornelius Productions. Soul Train is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Soul Train is the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as: Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson and Beyonce, to name a few.

BET HIP-HOP AWARDS 2010

The 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards took place last night in Atlanta, and MTV News reports that Nicki Minaj continued her hot streak by picking up three trophies: Rookie of the Year, People's Champ and the Made You Look award, bestowed for her unforgettable fashions.

Jay-Z also picked up three awards: Best Live Performer, Perfect Combo (for his Alicia Keys duet "Empire State of Mind"), CD of the Year (for 'The Blueprint 3').

The ladies of Salt-N-Pepa were recipients of the I Am Hip-Hop Award.

The show opened with Rick Ross (who won two trophies during the evening), along with Diddy and DJ Khaled, performing his hit "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)." As the stars segued into "MC Hammer," the rapping led up to an appearance from MC Hammer himself -- who performed his classic "2 Legit 2 Quit."

(AllHipHop News) Rappers Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z were winners in multiple categories during the BET Awards, which took place tonight (October 2nd) at the Atlanta Civic Center, in Atlanta Georgia.

Thousands of industry executives, artists and fans gathered to celebrate the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which was hosted by comedian Mike Epps.

This year, BET once again teams up with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the Grammy Awards® and the record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen G. Hill, BET President of Music Programming and Specials, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET Vice President of Specials, are executive producers of the telecast.

The 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards honored this year's top-selling artists, while introducing a crop of new rappers through the show's annual "Cipher."

For more information, please visit www.bet.com/specials/hiphopawards10/.

*All times are ET/PT.

2010 BET Awards belonged to Chris Brown, Alicia Keys and Prince.

Tenth Anniversary BET Awards Called the Rise of the Phoenix and is Night of Comebacks for Kanye West, T.I., Chris Brown

CHRIS BROWN BRINGS BET AWARDS '10 CROWD TO TEARS WITH EMOTIONAL MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE. Chris Brown Takes on the 'Man in the Mirror.


2010 BET Awards belonged to Chris Brown, Alicia Keys and Prince.


PRINCE HONORED WITH SHOE LOSING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE

Hosted by Queen Latifah, BET Awards '10 included Performances and Appearances by John Legend, Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, El DeBarge, Diddy-Dirty Money, Patti LaBelle, Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Tommy Lee, Taraji P. Henson, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Chaka Khahn http://bethiphopawards2007.blogspot.com
There was not a dry-eye in the house at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 27, 2010 when Chris Brown took to the BET AWARDS '10 stage to honor the late Michael Jackson. Kanye West opened the show with a monumental performance of "Power" atop a smoky crag of rocks marking his return to the Awards show spotlight and circuit. King of the South T.I., backed by Travis Barker on drums and flaming pyrotechnics, tore the house down with his first national TV performance since being released from prison. Brown, West and T.I.'s show-stopping performances at this year's tenth anniversary BET AWARDS '10 provide platform for these three artists to re-emerge from the ashes for the negative publicity they recently faced to reclaim their status as superstars.

Just two days after the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson introduced Chris Brown who channeled the legendary Michael Jackson while dancing to classics like "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Remember The Time," "Billie Jean" and an out-of-this-world silhouetted-in-white-lights version of "Smooth Criminal." But it wasn't until Chris Brown fell to his knees visibly broken down in tears, tortured with what could only be described as self-reflection during his own rendition of "Man In The Mirror," did the audience come to his rescue and help him finish the song in an ominous choir of song that would have truly made Michael Jackson proud.

Later in the show, when accepting his 2010 Fandemonium Award, Chris Brown said, "I just want to say, I let you all down before and I won't do it again."

Trey Songz's soulful performance of "Yo Side of the Bed" illustrated just why he was named the 2010 Best Male R&B Artist before transitioning into Prince's classic "Purple Rain," which led into one of the undeniable standout performances of the night.

Legendary musician Prince was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and his tribute was a performance of a lifetime. Beginning with a remote video message from a legend himself Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae dazzled with her signature feminine tomboy threads and eccentric dance moves on "Let's Go Crazy." Esperanza Spalding jazzed up the room with her electric upright bass and Afro while singing "If I Was Your Girlfriend" before Alicia Keys crawled barefoot on her piano bringing Prince to his feet with "Adore." But it was Patti LaBelle who literally kicked off her heels, which Prince caught, to honor the pop culture icon with his classic "Purple Rain." Chaka Khan was also on hand to help pay respects

Additional highlights of the 10+ performances include: El DeBarge bringing the audience to their feet to dance in the aisles during his medley of his classics like "All My Love" and "Rhythm of the Night;" Usher, dressed in all white levitating high above, commanding the BET Awards '10 stage with a sizzingly sultry performance of "There Goes My Baby" backed by a 12-piece string section; Alicia Keys, poised at a black piano adorned with blue lights, opening up her medley of hits with "No One" followed by "Try Sleeping" before being joined onstage by Kim Burrell on "If I Ain't Got You;" 10-year-old Gabby Wilson singing a shockingly spot-on rendition of Alicia Keys' "Fallin'" on her 10th birthday to help Queen Latifah introduce Keys' performance; Monica dressed in a gravity-defying black ensemble dueting with Deniece Williams.

Ludacris and DJ Khaled closed the show with a high-energy performance of "My Chick Bad" followed by beats from an asylum-straight-jacket-bound Nicki Minaj. Bringing a rock-fueled edge to the final song of the night with Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain and Diddy on "All I Do Is Win" was Motley Crue's Tommy Lee backed by a drumline.

This year's in memoriam tribute was led by Todd Bridges paying respects to his former co-star Gary Coleman followed by a photo montage of those who passed this year and a Teddy Pendergrass tribute performance by Tyrese who sang "Come Go With Me" and "Close The Door."

In continuing the good that BET's S.O.S.: Saving Ourselves telethon started back in February 2010, which raised over $1 Million for Haitian relief efforts, the BET AWARDS '10's contained a special Haiti memorial performance of "Are You Listening" from gospel greats Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Kim Burrell and Karen Clark Sheard.

In addition to all of these spectacular moments, those lucky enough to bring home a 2010 Tenth Anniversary BET Award were:

Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys

Best Male R&B Artist: Trey Songz

Best Gospel: Marvin Sapp

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Best New Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind"

Video of the Year: Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga "Video Phone"

Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams

Best Actress: Mo'Nique

Best Actor: Idris Elba

YoungStars Award: Keke Palmer

Best Movie: Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Subway Sportwoman of the Year: Serena Williams

Subway Sportman of the Year: LeBron James

Centric Award: Monica

Best International Act: Dizzee Rascal (UK)

Humanitarian Award: John Legend

Lifetime Achievement Award: Prince

Viewers' Choice Award: Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy "Hard"

Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown

BET AWARDS 2010 PHOTOS (CES, CES MUSIC- SOUNDTRACK)

The 'BET AWARDS '10 Remains The #1 Cable Awards Show, Drawing 7.4 Million Total Viewers

The 'BET AWARDS '10 Remains The #1 Cable Awards Show, Drawing 7.4 Million Total Viewers


7.4 Million Viewers and 4.5 Million Households Tuned to Watch Host Queen Latifah and Performances and Appearances by John Legend, Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, El DeBarge, Diddy-Dirty Money, Patti LaBelle, Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Tommy Lee, Taraji P.


BET AWARDS '10 was Among the Top 5 "non-sports" Ad Supported Cable Telecasts of This Year For the Second Year in a Row, the BET AWARDS Dominated Twitter, Residing as All 10 of the Trending Topics Throughout the Show.


The live premiere of the BET AWARDS '10 on Sunday, June 27, drew 7.4 Million Total Viewers, making it the #1 cable awards show among adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive year. (NMR, Live + Same Day, 6/27).


This year's show, which aired from 8:00-11:30 p.m.,* marked the tenth anniversary of the BET AWARDS and featured a moving tribute to Michael Jackson where Chris Brown channeled the King of Pop while dancing to a montage of his classics like "The Way You make Me Feel," "Remember The Time," "Billie Jean," "Smooth Criminal," and then broke down to tears singing "Man In The Mirror."


Kanye West and T.I. each made their return to the stage with powerful performances that also tore down the house.


"For 10 years, the BET AWARDS has always been about showcasing the best of entertainment, and last night we delivered," said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials at BET Networks.


"The number of viewers who tuned in to see the BET AWARDS '10 is a testament to the all-star performances, artists and their music's influence on our culture."


The BET AWARDS '10 also stands as BET's #2 telecast of all time behind last year's record setting awards show. In addition, the BET RED CARPET SHOW was the #2 red carpet program and drew in 2.5 million total viewers, while the BET AWARDS '10 POST SHOW, also the #2 post show behind last year's performance, garnered 4 million total viewers.


All shows enjoyed at least double-digit time slot gains versus CY and STD.

Also at this year's show, BET launched the AOL Fandemonium Award, a contest where fans utilized mobile and social networking platforms to vote for their favorite artist.


During the two week challenge, fans submitted the largest number of mobile votes ever seen for a mobile campaign and also interacted on Twitter and Facebook. For the 2010 Viewer's Choice Award voting, where fans select the winner of the Viewer's Choice category, it was the second highest mobile voting campaign ever, behind this year's 2010 Fandemonium Award, and resulted in new records both online and on mobile.


BET Networks Acquires Debmar-Mercury's 'THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW' for Season Two Domestically; Secures International Channels Rights.


Talk Show Set to Debut on BET in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Africa

BET Networks has acquired Debmar-Mercury's THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW for a second season in the U.S. this fall and has agreed to air the popular talk show on its international networks in the United Kingdom, Africa and the Middle East in 54 countries starting in July 2010.

Barbara Zaneri, BET Networks' Executive Vice President of Program Strategy, Scheduling and Acquisitions; Michael D. Armstrong, SVP/GM, BET International; and Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein made the announcement today.


"Wendy has been an important element in the network's success this year and we are thrilled to have her talk show back for a second season," said Zaneri, who brought the series to BET in July 2009. "We also believe Wendy's universal appeal will translate to all corners of the world, making her a key player for BET's international networks as well."

"The addition of the Wendy Williams show to BET's international weekday lineup further positions us as one of the best entertainment channels available," explained Michael Armstrong, SVP/GM, BET International. "Wendy has the uncanny ability to make both her guests and viewers feel like they've known her all their lives. In a classic Wendyism, BET International's viewers will soon make Wendy a 'friend in their head.'"

"We are thrilled to have Wendy back on BET for a second season in the U.S., enhancing our already strong lineup of TV stations that have renewed the show, and to expand our relationship with BET to new continents," Marcus and Bernstein said. "Wendy has proven to be successful wherever it has aired and we are excited that it will now reach an entirely new international audience."

The talk show has also been renewed on stations covering more than 80% of the U.S., including 20 of the top-20 and 39 of the top-40 markets.


Taped live in New York, The Wendy Williams Show combines the latest buzz and hot topics with a diverse mix of celebrities from film, music, sports and television.

Williams' bold personality, and irreverent and witty commentary on life, has made for a groundbreaking talk format that is sure to entertain viewers and quench their thirst for honest, enlightening and entertaining television. A successful author and former radio personality, Williams offers real and often tough love advice during her "Ask Wendy" segments; provides her take on the latest headlines during the always surprising "Hot Topics"; and gets up close and personal with headline makers, celebrities and real people. Her no-holds-barred approach and love of life and laughter shine through in every hour.


About BET International:

With a mission to build a global distribution footprint for the BET brand, since 2008 BET International has launched and expanded a 24-hour BET branded network in over 54 countries throughout the UK, Middle East & Africa. Additionally, BET International licenses BET content to television broadcasters on multiple platforms throughout the world - all to serve consumers of black culture globally.


About Debmar-Mercury:

Debmar-Mercury, a worldwide media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show; distributes Tyler Perry's House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; distributes a new, untitled comedy debuting in 2010 from Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy; distributes Are We There Yet?, a new sitcom debuting in 2010 from Revolution Studios' Joe Roth, Cube Vision's Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez, and Show-Runner Ali LeRoi; distributes strips Family Feud, South Park and True Hollywood Story, as well as the weekly Deadliest Catch; and a movie library featuring titles from Revolution Studios and Lionsgate. Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading next-generation studio.

CENTRIC Puts the Spotlight on the Comeback Trail of R&B Recording Group Dru Hill With New Series 'KEITH SWEAT'S PLATINUM HOUSE'

KEITH SWEAT'S PLATINUM HOUSE Premieres on CENTRIC on Monday, June 28 At 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT


CENTRIC brings the music and the drama when legendary multi-platinum, veteran producer and recording artist Keith Sweat presents R&B group Dru Hill with the ultimate opportunity to regain a top position in the music industry with the new reality series KEITH SWEAT'S PLATINUM HOUSE. Premiering on Monday, June 28 at 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT, the series takes a look at the four men who make up the group Dru Hill as they search for the path of success. The challenge presented to them by Keith Sweat is simple; complete the Platinum House boot camp and record the album, InDRUpendence Day while attempting to rebuild the brotherhood they once shared before their differences drove them to pursue solo careers.


KEITH SWEAT'S PLATINUM HOUSE offers R&B recording artists Dru Hill (Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz and newest member Tao along with their business manager Kevin Peck) the chance to reestablish their rightful place at the top of the music charts with Keith's guidance, after disappearing from the spotlight seven years ago. For the four men originally from Druid Park, Baltimore, this journey will not be easy as they individually accept the challenge to do whatever it takes to once again become the superstars they were in years past.

With KEITH SWEAT'S PLATINUM HOUSE, viewers watch as the group is introduced to a team builder, a trainer, vocal coach and a licensed therapist to assist them in making their way back to the top. They soon realize that in order to be #1 again it will take resolve and compromise within the group. Personalities clash as the guys are reunited once again and Keith – along with his industry expertise – steps in hard to guide the guys across the finish line.


For more information on KEITH SWEAT'S PLATINUM HOUSE, visit www.centrictv.com.


About Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat is an accomplished producer of groups - including Dru Hill, The O'Jays, Silk – songwriter, television producer, talent scout, celebrity radio host of "The Keith Sweat Hotel" and "New York Quiet Storm" on WBLS-FM, and businessman. A Harlem native, Keith Sweat first emerged with the landmark 1987 disc Make It Last Forever. In addition to mega singles including the smooth title track and "I Want Her," Sweat helped to usher in the new jack swing musical movement with producer Teddy Riley. Sweat also formed the R&B super group LSG with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill, and released their debut Levert.Sweat.Gill in 1997. Featured "My Body", which became a hit single, the album was certified double platinum and reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200. His new album Ridin' Solo hits stores June 22, 2010.


About Dru Hill

Dru Hill is an American singing group, most popular during the late 1990s, whose repertoire included R&B, soul, and gospel music. Founded in Baltimore, Maryland, and active since 1992, Dru Hill recorded seven Top 40 hits, and is best known for the R&B #1 hits "In My Bed", "Never Make a Promise", and "How Deep Is Your Love". Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin was the group's founder; his band mates include Mark "Sisqo" Andrews, Larry "Jazz" Anthony, and Antwuan "Tao" Simpson. The self-titled Dru Hill was released on November 19, 1996, and became a gold-selling album. Their second album Enter The Dru featured hits from the movie Rush Hour and third album, Dru World Order featured top hits and collaboration with top singer/songwriters in the industry. InDRUpendence Day is Dru Hill's fourth album which will be released on July 27, 2010. It will feature the group's new member, Tao. Under the label Kedar Entertainment, the album has released two singles, "Love MD" and "Remain Silent."


About CENTRIC

Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-American and multicultural adult viewer. With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today's hottest artists. It is a unique of mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BET_Hip_Hop_Awards {{Refimprove|date=November 2009}} The '''BET Hip Hop Awards''' are an [[Year|annual]] awards show, airing on [[Black Entertainment Television|BET]], showcasing [[hip hop]] performers, producers and [[music video]] directors. The awards [[ceremony]] began in 2006, was held on November 12, 2006 at the [[Fox Theatre (Atlanta)|Fox Theatre]] in [[Atlanta, Georgia]], was first aired November 15 and was hosted by comedian [[Katt Williams]]. The second ceremony was held on October 13, 2007. Like the first ceremony, this was also held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, first aired on October 17 and was also hosted by Katt Williams. The third ceremony premiered on October 23, 2008. This ceremony was not hosted by Katt Williams, but instead was hosted by popular [[R&B]] artist [[T-Pain]]. The fourth ceremony was held on October 10, 2009 and was hosted by [[Mike Epps]] and aired on October 27. The fifth ceremony was held on October 2, 2010 (aired October 12) and was also by Mike Epps. {{TOC limit|2}} == 2006 == {{Infobox award | name = 2006 BET Hip Hop Awards | image = | caption = | location = [[Fox Theatre (Atlanta)|Fox Theatre]] | network = BET | date = November 12, 2006 | host = [[Katt Williams]] }} The 2006 show was hosted by [[Katt Williams]]. === Performances === * ''"[[Welcome to Atlanta]] (Remix)"'' - [[Jermaine Dupri]] feat. [[Ludacris]], [[Young Jeezy]] & [[Lil Jon]] * ''"[[Stuntin' Like My Daddy]]"'' - [[Birdman (rapper)|Birdman]] & [[Lil Wayne]] * ''"[[Push It (Rick Ross song)|Push It]]"/"[[Hustlin']]"'' - [[Rick Ross (rapper)|Rick Ross]] * ''"[[That's That]]"'' - [[Snoop Dogg]] * ''"[[Grew Up a Screw Up]]"'' - [[Ludacris]] feat. [[Young Jeezy]] * ''"[[One Blood]]"/"[[Let's Ride (The Game song)|Let's Ride]]"'' - [[The Game (rapper)|The Game]] feat. [[Junior Reid]] * ''"[[Top Back]] (Remix)"'' - [[T.I.]] feat. [[Young Dro]], Big Kuntry King & [[B.G. (rapper)|B.G.]] * ''"[[I Luv It]]"'' - [[Young Jeezy]] * ''"[[We Fly High]]"'' - [[Jim Jones (rapper)|Jim Jones]] feat. [[Juelz Santana]] * ''"[[Walk It Out]]"'' - [[Unk]] * '''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxxpHWER9A Cypher] 1''' - [[Styles P]], [[Papoose (rapper)|Papoose]] & [[Lupe Fiasco]] * '''Cypher 2''' - [[Rhymefest]], [[Remy Ma]], [[Sway DaSafo]] & [[Saigon (rapper)|Saigon]] with [[DJ Scratch]] === Winners === * Hip Hop Video of the Year: [[T.I.]] - ''"[[What You Know]]"'' * Element Award: Video Director of the Year: [[Hype Williams]] * Hip Hop Track of the Year: [[Yung Joc]] featuring & produced by [[Nitti (producer)|Nitti]] - ''"It's Going Down"'' * Rookie of the Year: [[Chamillionaire]] * Element Award: Producer of the Year: [[Jermaine Dupri]] * Hip Hop MVP of the Year: [[T.I.]] * Element Award: Lyricist of the Year: [[Common (rapper)|Common]] * Element Award: Best Hip Hop Dance of the Year: [[snap music|Snap]] * Best Hip Hop Movie: [[ATL (film)|ATL]] - Directed by [[Chris Robinson (director)|Chris Robinson]] * Best Live Performance: [[Busta Rhymes]] * Best Hip Hop Collabo: ''"Touch It"'' (Remix) - [[Busta Rhymes]] feat. [[Mary J. Blige]], [[Rah Digga]], [[Missy Elliott]], [[Lloyd Banks]], [[Papoose (rapper)|Papoose]] and [[DMX (rapper)|DMX]] * Hip Hop CD of the Year: [[T.I.]]'s ''[[King (T.I. album)|King]]'' * Hip Hop Hustler Award: [[Jay-Z]] * [[Alltel]] Wireless People's Champ Award: [[Chamillionaire]] feat. [[Krayzie Bone]] - ''"[[Ridin' (Chamillionaire song)|Ridin']]"'' * Best UK Hip Hop Act (BET International): [[Sway DaSafo]] * BET Hot Ringtone Award: [[Young Dro]] feat. [[T.I.]] - ''"Shoulder Lean"'' * I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award: [[Nas]] == 2007 == {{Infobox award | name = 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards | image = | caption = 150px | location = [[Atlanta Civic Center]] | network = BET | date = October 13, 2007 | host = [[Katt Williams]] }} The 2007 show was again hosted by [[Katt Williams]] === Performances === * ''"[[Can't Tell Me Nothing]]"/"[[Good Life (Kanye West song)|Good Life]]"'' - [[Kanye West]] * ''"[[Gossip (Lil Wayne song)|Gossip]]"'' - [[Lil Wayne]] * ''"[[Wadsyaname]]/Let It Go"'' - [[Nelly]] * ''"[[A Bay Bay]]"'' - [[Hurricane Chris (rapper)|Hurricane Chris]] * ''"[[Wipe Me Down]] (Remix)"'' - [[Lil Boosie]], [[Webbie]], & [[Foxx (rapper)|Foxx]] * ''"[[Hurt (T.I. song)|Hurt]]"'' - [[T.I.]] [[Busta Rhymes]] & [[Alfamega]] * ''"[[Duffle Bag Boy]]"'' - [[Playaz Circle]] feat. [[Lil Wayne]] & [[Ludacris]] * ''"[[Crank That]]"'' - [[Soulja Boy Tell 'Em]] * '''Cypher 1''' - [[Wyclef Jean]], [[Twista]], [[Lil' Mama]] & [[Dizzee Rascal]] * '''Cypher 2''' - [[Phonte]], [[Stat Quo]] & [[Kardinal Offishall]] * '''Cypher 3''' - [[Ras Kass]], [[Joell Ortiz]], Flo & [[Cassidy (rapper)|Cassidy]] === Winners === * Lyricist of the Year: [[Common (rapper)|Common]] * Video Director of the Year: [[Hype Williams]] * Track of the Year: [[Shop Boyz]] - ''"[[Party Like a Rockstar]]"'' * CD of the Year: Tie between [[Common (rapper)|Common's]] [[Finding Forever]] & [[T.I.]]'s ''[[T.I. vs. T.I.P.]]'' * Best U.K. Hip-Hop Act: [[Kano (rapper)|Kano]] * Best Live Performance: [[Kanye West]] * Best Ringtone: [[T.I.]] - ''"[[Big Things Poppin' (Do It)]]"'' * Alltel Wireless People's Champ Award: [[Birdman (rapper)|Birdman]] & [[Lil Wayne]] - ''"[[Stuntin' Like My Daddy]]"'' * Best Video: [[Kanye West]] - ''"[[Stronger (Kanye West song)|Stronger]]"'' * Best Dance: [[Soulja Boy Tell 'Em]] - ''"[[Crank That (Soulja Boy)]]"'' * Best Collaboration: [[UGK]] and [[OutKast]] - ''"[[International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)]]"'' * Best Track: [[Shop Boyz]] - ''"[[Party Like a Rockstar]]"'' * Producer of the Year: [[Timbaland]] * Hustler of the Year: [[50 Cent]] * Rookie of the Year: [[Rich Boy]] * DJ of the Year: [[DJ Khaled]] * MVP of the Year: [[Lil Wayne]] * Best Movie: [[Stomp the Yard]] * I Am Hip Hop: [[KRS-One]] == 2008 == {{Infobox award | name = 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards | image = | caption = 150px | location = [[Atlanta Civic Center]] | network = BET | date = October 23, 2008 | host = [[T-Pain]] }} The 2008 show was hosted by [[T-Pain]] === Performances === * ''"[[What Up, What's Haapnin']]"/"[[Swing Ya Rag]]"/"[[The Last of a Dying Breed]]"/"[[Paper Trail|On Top of the World]]"'' - [[T.I.]]. feat.[[Ludacris]], [[Swizz Beatz]] & [[B.o.B]] * ''"[[Hero (Nas song)|Hero]]"'' - [[Nas]] featuring [[Keri Hilson]] * ''"[[Bust It Baby Pt. 2]]"'' - [[Plies (rapper)|Plies]] feat [[Ne-Yo]] * ''"[[Crazy World (Young Jeezy song)|Crazy World]]"'' - [[Young Jeezy]] * ''"[[Cha Cha Cha (MC Lyte song)|Cha Cha Cha]]"'' - [[MC Lyte]] * ''"Play With My Yoyo"'' - [[Yo-Yo (rapper)|Yo-Yo]] * ''"Afro Puffs"'' - [[The Lady of Rage]] * ''"Shoop"/"Push It"/"Whatta Man"'' - [[Salt-n-Pepa]] * ''"[[Here I Am (Rick Ross song)|Here I Am]]"'' - [[Rick Ross (rapper)|Rick Ross]] feat [[Nelly]] & [[Avery Storm]] * ''"[[Universal Mind Control (song)|Universal Mind Control]]"/"[[Spaz (song)|Spaz]]"'' - [[Common (entertainer)|Common]] featuring [[N.E.R.D]] * ''"[[Can't Believe It]]"/"[[Chopped & Skrewed]]"'' - [[T-Pain]] feat [[Lil Wayne]] & [[Ludacris]] * ''"[[Why Me? (Ice Cube song)|Why Me]]"/"[[It Was a Good Day]]"'' - [[Ice Cube]] feat [[Musiq Soulchild]] * ''"[[Marco Polo (song)]]"'' - [[Bow Wow (rapper)|Bow Wow]] feat [[Soulja Boy]] * '''Cypher 1''' - [[Hurricane Chris (rapper)|Hurricane Chris]], [[K'naan]], [[Bun B]] & [[Q-Tip (rapper)|Q-Tip]] * '''Cypher 2''' - Willy Northpole, Hime, [[Blaq Poet]] & Cory Gunz * '''Cypher 3''' - [[Ace Hood]], [[Juelz Santana]], [[Fabolous]] & [[Jadakiss]] === Winners === * [[Alltel]] Wireless People's Champ Award: Lil Wayne - "[[A Milli]]" * Best Hip Hop Collaboration: [[DJ Khaled]] feat. [[Young Jeezy]], [[Ludacris]], [[Busta Rhymes]], [[Big Boi]], [[Lil Wayne]], [[Fat Joe]], [[Birdman (rapper)|Birdman]], and [[Rick Ross (rapper)|Rick Ross]] - "[[I'm So Hood]] [Remix]" * MVP of the Year: Lil Wayne * Lyricist of the Year: [[Lil Wayne]] * Rookie of the Year: [[Shawty Lo]] * I Am Hip-Hop: [[Russell Simmons]] * CD of the Year: Lil Wayne's ''[[Tha Carter III]]'' * Ringtone of the Year: Lil Wayne - "[[Lollipop (Lil Wayne song)|Lollipop]]" * DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled * Best Live Performer: [[Kanye West]] * Best Hip Hop Video: Kanye West - "[[Good Life (Kanye West song)|Good Life]]" * Hustler of the Year: [[Sean Combs|Diddy]] * Producer of the Year: [[Akon]] * Best Director: [[Chris Robinson (director)|Chris Robinson]] * Best UK Act: [[Giggs (rapper)|Giggs]] == 2009 == {{Infobox award | name = 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards | image = | caption = 150px | location = [[The Atlanta Civic Center]] | network = BET | date = October 10, 2009 | host = [[Mike Epps]] }} The 2009 show was hosted by [[Mike Epps]] === Performances === * ''"[[Pretty Girls (Wale song)|Pretty Girls]]"'' - [[Wale (rapper)|Wale]] feat [[Gucci Mane]] * ''"I'm Ballin'"/"[[Gucci Bandana]]"'' - [[Soulja Boy]] feat [[Gucci Mane]] and [[Shawty Lo]] * ''"Addicted To Money" / "[[How Low]]"'' - [[Ludacris]] feat [[Lil Scrappy]] * ''"Real as It Gets"'' - [[Jay-Z]] feat [[Young Jeezy]] * ''"Ice Cream Paint Job (Remix)"'' - [[Dorrough]] Ft. [[Nipsey Hussle]], [[Jim Jones]], [[Soulja Boy Tell 'Em]] & [[Snoop Dogg]] * ''"[[Throw It in the Bag]]" / "Throw It In The Bag (Remix)"'' - [[Fabolous]] feat [[The-Dream]] * ''"[[Gangsta Luv]]"/"[[Gin & Juice]]"'' - [[Snoop Dogg]] feat [[The-Dream]] * ''"[[Break Up (song)|Break Up]]"/"[[Wasted (Gucci Mane song)|Wasted]]"'' - [[Gucci Mane]] feat [[Mario (entertainer)|Mario]] & [[Plies (rapper)|Plies]] * ''"[[Soul Food (Goodie Mob album)|Cell Therapy]]"/"[[World Party (album)|Get Rich to This]]"'' - [[Goodie Mob]] * '''Cypher 1''' - [[Nicki Minaj]], [[Buckshot (rapper)|Buckshot]], Crown Royyal & [[Joe Budden]] * '''Cypher 2''' - [[Wale (rapper)|Wale]], [[Nipsey Hussle]], Gsan & [[KRS-One]] * '''Cypher 3''' - [[Mos Def]], [[Black Thought]] & [[Eminem]] === Winners === * Verizon People's Champ Award: [[Fabolous]] - ''"[[Throw It in the Bag]]"'' * Best Hip Hop Collaboration: [[T.I.]] Feat. [[Rihanna]] - ''"[[Live Your Life]]"'' * MVP of the Year: [[Jay-Z]] * Lyricist of the Year: [[Jay-Z]] * Rookie of the Year: [[Drake (entertainer)|Drake]] * Track of the Year: [[Young Money Entertainment|Young Money]] - ''"[[Every Girl (Young Money song)|Every Girl]]"'' * CD of the Year: [[T.I.]]'s "[[Paper Trail]]" * Made-You-Look Award: [[Kanye West]] * I Am Hip-Hop: [[Ice Cube]] * DJ of the Year: [[DJ AM]] * Best Live Performer: [[Jay-Z]] * Best Hip Hop Video: [[T.I.]] Feat. [[Rihanna]] - ''"[[Live Your Life]]"'' * Hustler of the Year: [[Jay-Z]] * Producer of the Year: [[Kanye West]] * Video Director of the Year: [[Hype Williams]] * Best Hip Hop Blog Site: Allhiphop.com == 2010 == {{Infobox award | name = 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards | image = | caption = 150px | location = [[The Atlanta Civic Center]] | network = BET | date = October 12, 2010 | host = [[Mike Epps]] }} The 2010 show was hosted by [[Mike Epps]]. [[DJ Khaled]] was the host DJ and [[DJ Premier]] DJed the cyphers. [http://www.theboombox.com/2010/10/03/2010-bet-hip-hop-awards/][http://clatl.com/cribnotes/archives/2010/10/12/2010-bet-hip-hop-awards-what-you-wont-see-on-tv-tonight][http://www.bet.com/Specials/hiphopawards10/hha10_performers/] === Performances http://www.bet.com/Specials/hiphopawards10/hha10_videos/hha10_video_performances.htm?playlist=performances&videoindex=6=== * '''Internet Exclusive Cypher 1''' - [[Reema Major]], Nick Javas & Laws * '''Internet Exclusive Cypher 2''' - Vado, [[Farnsworth Bentley]] & Reychesta * ''"[[B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)]]"/"MC Hammer"'' - [[Rick Ross (rapper)|Rick Ross]] with [[Sean Combs|Diddy]] and [[DJ Khaled]] * ''"[[Too Legit to Quit]]"'' - [[MC Hammer]] * ''"Speakers Going Hammer"/"[[Pretty Boy Swag]]"'' - [[Soulja Boy]] * ''"[[Hard in da Paint]]"/"[[No Hands]]"'' - [[Waka Flocka Flame]] feat. [[Roscoe Dash]] * ''"[[Bed Intruder Song]]"'' - [[Antoine Dodson]] & Michael Gregory of [[The Gregory Brothers]] * ''"[[Gucci Time]]"'' - [[Gucci Mane]] feat. [[Swizz Beatz]] * ''"You Aint No DJ"'' - [[Big Boi]] feat. [[Yelawolf]] * ''"Who Dat"/"Blow Up"'' - [[J. Cole]] * ''"Salute"'' - [[Dipset]] * ''"Don't Let Me Fall"'' - [[B.o.B]] * ''"[[Teach Me How to Dougie]]"'' - [[Cali Swag District]] * ''"[[The Humpty Dance]]"/"[[I Get Around (Tupac Shakur song)|I Get Around]]"'' - [[Shock G]] & [[Money-B]] of [[Digital Underground]] * '''Cypher 1''' - [[Raekwon]], [[Yelawolf]], [[Wiz Khalifa]] & Bones Brigante * '''Cypher 2''' - [[Tyga]], [[Kuniva]], [[Royce Da 5'9]] & [[Diamond (rapper)|Diamond]] * '''Cypher 3''' - [[Rev Run]] with his sons [[Diggy Simmons|Diggy]] & Jo-Jo; and [[Ice Cube]] with his sons Doughboy & OMG * '''Cypher 4''' - [[Busta Rhymes]], Mickey Factz, Reek Da Villain, & Zawcain * '''Cypher 5''' - [[Kanye West]], [[Common (entertainer)|Common]], [[Pusha T]], [[Cyhi Da Prynce|CyHi Da Prynce]] & [[Big Sean]] of [[G.O.O.D. Music]] * '''Cypher 6 (Ghana Cypher)''' - D-Black, Sarkodie, Edem, Tinny, Baby-G, Kwaku-T, & [[Reggie Rockstone]] ===Winners [http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1649842/20101012/story.jhtml 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards Complete Winners List - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com]=== * MVP of the Year: [[Drake (entertainer)|Drake]] * Hustler of the Year: [[Sean Combs]] * Best Hip Hop Video: [[Jay-Z]] featuring [[Alicia Keys]] - ''"[[Empire State of Mind]]"'' * Rookie of the Year: [[Nicki Minaj]] * Made-You-Look Style Award: Nicki Minaj * [[Reese's]] Perfect Combo Award: Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys - ''"Empire State of Mind"'' * Track of the Year: Lex Luger for Rick Ross' ''"[[B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)]]"'' * Best Live Performer: Jay-Z * [[Verizon]] People's Champ Award: Nicki Minaj - ''"[[Your Love (Nicki Minaj song)|Your Love]]"'' * I Am Hip-Hop Award: [[Salt-N-Pepa]] * DJ of the Year: [[DJ Khaled]] * Best Hip-Hop Blog Site: WorldstarHipHop.com * Producer of the Year: [[Swizz Beatz]] * Video Director of the Year: [[Hype Williams]] * Lyricist of the Year: [[Eminem]] * Best Club Banger: Lex Luger for Rick Ross' ''"[[B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)]]"'' * CD of the Year: Jay-Z's [[The Blueprint 3]] == 2011 == {{Infobox award | name = 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards | image = | caption = 150px | location = | network = BET | date = October 11, 2011 | host = [[Mike Epps]] }} The 2011 show were hosted by [[Mike Epps]]. [[DJ Premier]] DJed the ciphers. [http://fashionably-early.com/2011/10/11/2011-bet-hip-hop-awards-cyphers-video/][http://fashionably-early.com/2011/10/11/2011-bet-hip-hop-awards-cyphers-video/][http://fashionably-early.com/2011/10/11/2011-bet-hip-hop-awards-cyphers-video//] The show featured the final television appearance by [[Heavy D]] before his passing. === Performances [http://fashionably-early.com/2011/10/11/2011-bet-hip-hop-awards-cyphers-video/ 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards: Cyphers (Video) | Fashionably Early]=== * '''Internet Exclusive Cypher 1''' - Gilbere Forte, Chris Sutton, [[XV (rapper)|XV]] & [[Jay Rock]] * '''Internet Exclusive Cypher 2''' - Rico Staxx, Wais P, [[Termanology]], Sean Cross, [[French Montana]] & [[Mike Epps]] * '''Cypher 1''' - [[Big K.R.I.T.]], [[Tech N9ne]], [[Machine Gun Kelly]], [[Kendrick Lamar]], & [[B.o.B]] * '''Cypher 2''' - [[Reek Da Villain]], [[Playaz Circle|2 Chainz]], [[Busta Rhymes]], & [[Ludacris]] * '''Cypher 3''' - [[Lady Of Rage]], Blind Fury, [[Dom Kennedy]], & [[Skillz]] * '''Cypher 4''' - [[Wale (rapper)|Wale]], [[Pill (rapper)|Pill]], [[Stalley]], [[Meek Mill (rapper)|Meek Mill]] & [[Rick Ross]] of [[Maybach Music Group]] * [[Lupe Fiasco]] - Words I Never Said * '''Cypher 5''' - [[Chris Brown (American singer)|Chris Brown]], [[Ace Hood]], Kevin McCall, & [[Tyga]][http://www.datpiff.com/DJ-Premier-Bet-Cyphers-mixtape.271999.html Various Artists - Bet Cyphers Hosted by DJ Premier - // Free Mixtapes @ DatPiff.com] * '''Cypher 6''' - [[Soprano (rapper)|Soprano]], [[Lecrae]], [[Nitty Scott, MC]], & [[Estelle (musician)|Estelle]] * '''Cypher 7''' - [[Eminem]], [[Yelawolf]], & [[Slaughterhouse (group)|Slaughterhouse]] ([[Royce da 5'9"]], [[Joe Budden]], [[Crooked I]], & [[Joell Ortiz]]) of [[Shady Records]] ===Winners [http://fashionably-early.com/2011/10/11/2011-bet-hip-hop-award-winners/ 2011 BET Hip Hop Award Winners | Fashionably Early]=== * Best Hip Hop Video: "[[Look at Me Now (Chris Brown song)|Look at Me Now]]" - [[Chris Brown (American singer)|Chris Brown]] featuring [[Lil Wayne]] and [[Busta Rhymes]] * Reese’s Perfect Combo Award - (Best Collaboration): "Look at Me Now" - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes: * Best Live Performer: Lil Wayne * Lyricist of the Year: Lil Wayne * Video Director of the Year: [[Hype Williams]] * Producer of the Year: [[Lex Luger (producer)|Lex Luger]] * MVP of the Year: [[Nicki Minaj]] * Track of the Year: "[[Black and Yellow]]" by [[Wiz Khalifa]] - Produced by [[Stargate (production team)|Stargate]] * CD of the Year: ''[[My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy]]'' - [[Kanye West]] * DJ of the Year: [[DJ Khaled]] * Rookie of the Year: Wiz Khalifa * Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style): Nicki Minaj * Best Hip Hop Online Site: WorldStarHipHop.com * Best Club Banger: "[[No Hands]]" - [[Waka Flocka Flame]] featuring [[Wale (rapper)|Wale]] and [[Roscoe Dash]] - (Produced by [[Drumma Boy]]) * Best Mixtape: [[J. Cole]] - ''Friday Night Lights'' * Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now" (with Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne) * Hustler of the Year: [[Jay-Z]] * I Am Hiphop of the Year: [[LL Cool J]] * Verizon People’s Champ Award - Viewers’ Choice: "Look at Me Now" - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes ==2012== {{Infobox award | name = 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards | image = | caption = 150px | location = [[Atlanta Civic Center]] | network = BET | date = October 9, 2012 | host = [[Mike Epps]] }} The 2012 show was hosted by [[Mike Epps]]. [[DJ Premier]] DJed the ciphers. === Performances=== *"[[Work Hard, Play Hard]]" (Remix)/"[[Bandz a Make Her Dance]]" - [[Wiz Khalifa]] Feat. [[Young Jeezy]] & [[Juicy J]] *"[[Amen (Meek Mill song)|Amen]]"/"[[Young & Gettin' It]]" - [[Meek Mill]] Feat. [[Kirko Bangz]] *"[[The Recipe (song)|The Recipe]]"/"[[Swimming Pools (Drank)]]" - [[Kendrick Lamar]] *"[[Birthday Song]]"/"[[I'm Different]]" - [[2 Chainz]] *"Trap Back Jumpin"/"[[Go Get It]]" - [[T.I.]] *"[[Turn on the Lights (song)|Turn on the Lights]]"/"Same Damn Time" (Remix) - [[Future (rapper)|Future]] Feat. [[Sean Combs|Diddy]] *"[[Wild Boy (song)|Wild Boy]]" - [[MGK (rapper)|MGK]] *"[[Pop That]]" - [[French Montana]] Feat. [[Luther Campbell|Uncle Luke]] *"Hold Me Back"/"Ice Cold" - [[Rick Ross]] Feat. [[Omarion]] * '''Cypher 1''' - [[T.I.]], [[Iggy Azalea]], [[B.o.B]], [[Chipmunk (rapper)|Chip]], & [[Trae Tha Truth]] of [[Grand Hustle Records]] * '''Cypher 2''' - JayBird The Purdi Boi, [[Hopsin]], [[Schoolboy Q]], [[Mac Miller]], & [[Mystikal]] * '''Cypher 3''' - [[Talib Kweli]], [[Jean Grae]], Sarkodie, & [[Ab-Soul]] * '''Cypher 4''' - [[Angel Haze]], [[Joey Badass|Joey Bada$$]], [[Driicky Graham]], [[Childish Gambino]], & [[ASAP Rocky]] * '''Cypher 5''' - [[Xzibit]], [[Kurupt]], [[E-40]], [[DJ Quik]], [[YG (rapper)|YG]], [[Kendrick Lamar]], & [[Snoop Dogg]] * '''Cypher 6''' - [[DMX (rapper)|DMX]], [[Eve (entertainer)|Eve]], Murda Mook, & [[Cassidy (rapper)|Cassidy]] of [[Ruff Ryders]] === Winners === *Best Hip Hop Video: "HYFR" - Drake f/ Lil Wayne *Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo): "Mercy" - Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz *Best Live Performer: The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) *Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar *Hip Hop Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams *DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled *Producer of the Year: Kanye West *MVP of the Year: Rick Ross *Track of the Year: "Ni**as In Paris" - Produced by Kanye West, Hit-Boy and Mike Dean (The Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West) *CD of the Year: Watch The Throne - The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) *Rookie of The Year: 2 Chainz *Hustler of The Year: Jay-Z *I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award: Rakim *Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style): Kanye West *Best Club Banger: "Ni**as In Paris" - The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) *Best Mixtape: "Dreamchasers2" – Meek Mill *Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: 2 Chainz – "Mercy" (Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz) *Impact Track: "Daughters" - Nas *People's Champ Award Powered by Verizon: 2 Chainz f/ Drake – "No Lie" *Best Hip Hop Online Site: World Star Hip Hop Source: {{cite web|url=http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/this-years-bet-hip-hop-awards-2012-winners-are-173410001.html|title=This Year's BET Hip Hop Awards 2012 Winner's Are|date=October 9, 2012|work=prnewswire.com|accessdate=October 10, 2012}} ==References== {{reflist}} == External links == * [http://www.bet.com Official BET website] {{Musicawards}} [[Category:BET Awards|Hip hop]] [[Category:Black Entertainment Television shows|Awards]] [[Category:Hip hop awards]] [[Category:American music awards]] [[Category:American television awards]] [[Category:Awards established in 2006]] [[Category:African-American events]] [[Category:Awards honoring African Americans]]
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