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[06/07/11 - 10:01 AM]
Chris Brown and Jill Scott to Perform on the BET Awards '11
Plus: Patti LaBelle to receive the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award while Steve Harvey has been tapped for this year's Humanitarian Award.

[via press release from BET]

Chris Brown and Jill Scott to Perform on the BET AWARDS '11

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.*

NEW YORK, June 7, 2011 -- 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.

Hosted by Kevin Hart, the BET AWARDS '11 will pay tribute to the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient legendary musician and "Godmother of Soul" Patti LaBelle, as well as honor this year's Humanitarian Award recipient Steve Harvey.

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 gold standard in creating memorable moments year after year. The highly-anticipated event airs live, Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m.* from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA and is guaranteed to be the hottest ticket on television.

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.

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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