[05/17/11 - 04:01 PM]
Actor and Comedian Kevin Hart to Host This Year's "BET Awards" Premiering Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m.
Leading the pack this year is Chris Brown with six nominations followed by Lil Wayne with five nods.

[via press release from 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

NEW YORK, May 17, 2011 -- 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.

For over a decade the BET AWARDS has reigned as the biggest family event rivaling all top awards shows. Having escalated each year in industry influence with A-list celebrity nominations, star-studded appearances and one-of-a-kind performances, the BET AWARDS has undoubtedly established itself as the hottest ticket on television.

The brightest stars in music, acting and sports will appear and perform at this year's BET AWARDS which recognizes the achievements of artists, entertainers and athletes in 20 categories. Leading the pack this year is Chris Brown with an impressive 6 nominations across multiple categories: Best Male R&B Artist, Best Collaboration (for which he holds two nominations), Video of the Year, Best Actor and Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice. Closely behind him is Lil Wayne with 5 nominations: Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration (with fellow nominee Chris Brown), Video of the Year and Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice for his collaborations with Chris Brown and Cory Gunz. Rounding out the list and tied with 4 nominations each are Kanye West, Rihanna and Drake.

"When we asked folks who should host this year's BET AWARDS online, in the streets, among other celebs and throughout social media, one name came back to us loud and clear: Kevin Hart," said Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials. "He is blue flame right now and we are looking forward to working with him on the show," stated Hill. "His energy, wit and the always fantastic performances will make for yet another must see event - and the 'Chocolate Droppa' might even get a verse in the show," he added.

Kevin Hart burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television. Hart is currently touring the nation on his "Laugh at My Pain" tour. He is the number one comedian on Ticketmaster and in February 2011, Hart sold out the Nokia Theater two nights in a row to break a record previously set by Eddie Murphy. Hart will spend the summer of 2011 filming lead roles in two new movies. In July, he will start working on Screen Gem's "Think Like A Man," the comedy is based on Steve Harvey's bestselling 2009 book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. Hart will then start work on the Nick Stoller comedy "Five Year Engagement" with producer Judd Apatow and Universal.

Hart was last seen in "Little Fockers" and "Death at a Funeral," alongside Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence. He also co-starred with Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in "Fool's Gold," as well as opposite Steve Carell in "The 40 Year Old Virgin." Hart's additional film credits include: "Soul Plane" opposite Tom Arnold, Method Man and Snoop Dogg, "Not Easily Broken," "Extreme Movie," "Drillbit Taylor," "Epic Movie," "The Last Stand," "Scary Movie 4," "In the Mix," "Meet Dave" and "Superhero Movie." In 2009, Hart's one-hour comedy special "I'm a Grown Little Man" on Comedy Central was one of the highest-rated specials for the network. Hart was also the host of BET's classic stand-up comedy series "Comic View: One Mic Stand."

Sponsors for this year's BET AWARDS telecast include Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award, Subway Sportsman of the Year and Subway Sportswoman of the Year.

For continuous BET AWARDS updates, please visit: http://www.bet.com/betawards, www.twitter.com/BETAWARDS (hash tag: #BETAWARDS) and Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/TheBETAwards.

BET Networks will once again team up with Cossette Productions, famed producers of the GRAMMY(R) Awards, BET's RIP THE RUNWAY, BET HONORS and of course the BET AWARDS, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming, along with Lynne Harris Taylor, BET's vice president of specials will executive produce the telecast.

The nominees for the 2011 BET AWARDS are:

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Keri Hilson
Jennifer Hudson

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Cee Lo Green
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Group
Diddy-Dirty Money
Cali Swag District
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
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
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
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"
"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

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
Laura Izibor
Tinchy Stryder
Tinie Tempah

*All times are ET/PT.

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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