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[06/23/11 - 04:01 AM]
Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars, Ledisi, Justin Bieber, Gladys Knight, Nicki Minaj, Taraji P. Henson, Ne-Yo, & La La Anthony Added to the BET Awards '11 List of Exceptional Talent
As previously announced, Kevin Hart hosts the event, airing this Sunday on the cable channel.

[via press release from BET]

Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars, Ledisi, Justin Bieber, Gladys Knight, Nicki Minaj, Taraji P. Henson, Ne-Yo, & La La Anthony Added to the BET AWARDS '11 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

Hosted by Comedian Kevin Hart / LIVE! Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m.*

LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2011 -- Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars, Ledisi, 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, 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.

For continuous BET AWARDS '11 updates and to view a complete list of Awards nominees, please visit: www.bet.com/BETAWARDS, www.twitter.com/BETAWARDS (hash tag: #BETAWARDS) and Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/TheBETAWARDS.

*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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