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MUSICAL ICON STEVIE WONDER; AND RAP LEGEND SNOOP DOGG (AKA SNOOP LION) ADDED TO THE LINE-UP OF PERFORMERS AT THE BET AWARDS ‘13

The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE; A Three-Day Event June 28 – 30, 2013 Includes Loads of Free, Fun Events, Concerts, Seminars, Celebrity Panels, Celebrity Basketball Game and Much More ---------- BET Awards Nomination Special: The Chosen, Hosted by Reality Star Ray J Airs TONIGHT, June 19th at 7:30 PM ET ---------- BET MUSIC MATTERS TO CAST SPOTLIGHT ON NEW TALENTS AUSTIN BROWN AND CURTIS FIELDS

06.19.13

BET Awards ‘13, Hosted by Chris Tucker / LIVE from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM* on BET Networks

New York, NY – June 19, 2013 – The BET Awards ‘13 is shaping up to be a show of epic proportions, with many of today’s finest superstars taking the stage to make it one of the most memorable shows. Joining the list of top performers at this year’s show include the legendary singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder and multi-platinum artist Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion. 

Over the course of his career, Stevie Wonder has amassed 32 #1 singles, and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Stevie has demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian and philanthropic leadership and is universally acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians in the world. Stevie has previously been honored by BET Networks for his outstanding contributions to music having received BET's Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into BET's Walk of Fame and last year being awarded the BET Honors Musical Arts Award.

Entertainment icon and multi-platinum artist Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion, is one of the most well-known and respected hip-hop artists of all-time, with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. In 2012, he re-invented himself under the new alias, Snoop Lion, and released his twelfth studio album, a reggae album, Reincarnated, featuring other prominent artists including Drake, Akon, Busta Rhymes and Chris Brown.

For the fourth year in a row, BET Music Matters artists will have the distinction of gracing the BET AWARDS stage.  BET’s Music Matters will again cast the spotlight on new talent who are on their way to being the next BET superstars.  Austin Brown and Curtis Fields will take the stage during BET AWARDS ‘13 to give the world a sneak peek of their talents.

Austin Brown is a 27-year-old musician, singer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. His stunning sound combines the soul and harmony of late 70s R&B with the rhythms of modern electronic pop.  Among his major influences are ground breaking music legends Prince, George Michael and his family, the Jacksons. 

Hailing from Montgomery, Alabama, Curtis Fields is a singer whose songs are the perfect blend of soul-searching and emotion.  While attending Fisk University he joined up with the Fisk Jubilee Singers and traveled the world to places as far-ranging as Africa, India and Spain.  Today, he is signed to Epic Records and working on his debut album.

Hosted by actor and comedian Chris Tucker, the BET Awards ‘13 will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30th at 8pm *ET/PT. The show will also include exciting performances by Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Nicki Minaj, Miguel, India.Arie, Ciara, Chris Brown, and Kendrick Lamar, as well as leading Hollywood actresses Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Paula Patton and La La Anthony, who were added to the talented line-up of presenters. Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade will be honored with the Humanitarian Award presented by State Farm and R&B singer/songwriter Charlie Wilson will receive the prestigious Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year, the activity and excitement expands with the first ever BET Experience at L.A. LIVE!  This three-day festival filled with comedy, gospel and soulful music concerts, seminars, film screenings, “106 & PARK” tapings the BET We Got You Pavilion and so much more will build anticipation for the finest BET Awards show yet. 
BET.com/BETAwards (http://www.bet.com/shows/bet-awards.html) is the official site for the BET Awards ‘13 and features content on nominees and award recipients. The microsite site will feature exciting interactive consumer elements and include information for ticket purchase, events, schedules and registration.

BET Mobile’s official BET AWARDS app is now available on iPhone and Android devices with exclusive photo, video and interactive content.
To download the app, visit:
http://www.bet.com/shows/bet-awards/2013/bet-awards-app.html

Join the conversation on social media by following BET’s multiple social media platforms, dedicated to the BET Awards:

On Twitter & Instagram: @BETAwards, Use hashtag: #BETAwards 
On Facebook: facebook.com/TheBETAwards
On Tumblr: betawards.tumblr.com

The BET Awards ‘13 will premiere Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:00PM BST on BET’s international network in the UK and Africa, reaching more than 13 million households in 50+ countries.

Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the BET AWARDS ‘13, in conjunction with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

*All times are ET/PT.

About BET Awards:
Established in 2001, the BET AWARDS continues to be one of the most watched awards shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company reaching an average of 7.5 million viewers annually. The franchise remains the #1 program in cable television history, among African-Americans. Each year, the BET AWARDS recognizes the distinguished achievements of artists, entertainers and athletes in a number of diverse categories, including film, music and sports.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment:
Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service film and television production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins.  Over the past decade, Collins, the company’s CEO, has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in the music entertainment arena.  Formerly Executive Producer/Executive Vice President of Cossette Productions, Collins has produced award winning television programming including the Grammy Awards, the BET Awards, BET Honors and BET’s Rip the Runway and has worked with superstar talent such as Will Smith, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, Lil Wayne and many more.

About BET Experience at L.A. LIVE
The BET Experience is an exciting weekend consisting of concerts from A-list talent at STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, the BET Film Festival, Fan Festival, live tapings of “106 & PARK,” The BET GRAMMY® Museum exhibit, Music Matters Stage, BET Revealed Seminars and the BET Awards.  For the first time ever, tickets to the BET Awards show are available to the public through VIP ticket packages.  The BET Experience is sponsored by Coca-Cola, COVERGIRL, My Black is Beautiful, Spring and Target.  For more information and to purchase concert tickets and VIP packages visit http://www.BETExperience.com

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About BET Networks:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), 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 operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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