Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber & More Headlining Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival
Announcing the First-Ever Billboard Hot 100 Festival! 40+ Artists, 3 main Stages, 2 Days, August 22nd-23rd, 2015 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 1000 Ocean Parkway Wantagh, New York 11793 | Showtime 3PM-11PM #hot100fest
The concert series, which is being produced in a joint partnership between Billboard and LiveNation, will feature three separate stages over the course of the jam-packed two days. Resale begins on July 13, and you can get your tickets right here Live Nation
“With this first-of-its-kind festival on the beach just outside New York City, Billboard is officially expanding its live event footprint,” Billboard president John Amato said in a statement. “The iconic Jones Beach will be fully transformed into a true festival experience with multiple stages and a festival village.”
Live Nation’s President and CEO Michael Rapino also commented on the festival, saying, “The Hot 100 Music Festival will be one of those truly memorable summer concert events. We are very excited to bring fans some of summer 2015’s chart toppers in a venue that will showcase the best these artists have to offer.”
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Live Nation on July 16th at 10AM EST.
BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE 1st ANNUAL “PLAYERS’ AWARDS” PREMIERE JULY 21st, 8:00 pm
BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE 1ST ANNUAL “PLAYERS’ AWARDS” PREMIERE DATE TUESDAY, JULY 21ST AT 8:00 P.M.*
“THE PLAYERS’ AWARDS” WILL TAPE SUNDAY, JULY 19TH IN THE PENN & TELLER THEATER AT THE RIO LAS VEGAS HOTEL AND CASINO
NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (NBPA) ANNOUNCES “TOP VOTED PLAYERS” AND NBA PLAYERS CONFIRMED TO ATTEND
MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST AND 4 TIME GRAMMY WINNER LIL WAYNE CONFIRMED TO PERFORM
BET Networks in partnership with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announces Tuesday, July 21st as the premiere date for the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards”. The first inaugural show will tape at the historic Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Sunday, July 19th.
The star-studded event will feature appearances by top NBA players including members on the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Executive Committee – Chris Paul, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Tolliver. Not only will the show have NBA star power, but will also feature performances by the hottest musical artists including renowned sports enthusiast and multi-platinum recording artist Lil Wayne.
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) decided to launch the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards” due to the overwhelming response from its members and all categories have been voted by the NBA’s active players.
The complete list of the “Top Voted Players” for the “Players’ Awards” are (names are listed in alphabetical order): Best Rookie
Global Impact Player
Coach You Most Want to Play For
Hardest to Guard
Best Home Court Advantage
AT&T Center (San Antonio)
Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)
Moda Center (Portland)
Oracle Arena (Golden State)
Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:
Most Valuable Player:
Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, and Don Mischer Productions will serve as Executive Producers for the “Players’ Awards”. Serving as Executive Producers from the National Basketball Players Association are Chris Paul, NBPA President, Roger Mason Jr., NBPA Deputy Executive Director, and Jordan Schlachter, NBPA Chief Marketing Officer along with Prospect Park.
NEARLY 12 MILLION VIEWERS TUNED FOR THE BET AWARDS 2015 LIVE PREMIERE
BET Awards 2015 will premiere around the world on BET’s international network on Tuesday, June 30th at 9:00pm BST / 10:00pm CAT and will air live on MTV Australia for the very first time (check local listings).
JANET JACKSON RECEIVES INAUGURAL ULTIMATE ICON: MUSIC DANCE VISUAL AWARD
EPIC EVENING FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY, KENDRICK LAMAR, ALICIA KEYS, CHRIS BROWN, BIG SEAN, MEEK MILL, NE-YO, NICKI MINAJ, THE WEEKND, TINASHE, TYGA AND MORE
JANET JACKSON and PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY to SMOKEY ROBINSON and KENDRICK LAMAR, it was a night full of electrifying performances, heartfelt speeches and unforgettable moments at the 15th annual “BET AWARDS” hosted by ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, which aired live from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 28th, 2015.
Hosts ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS surprised the audience with a hilarious original opening song complete with Tracee flying over the stage in a money suit. The two captivated the crowd the entire night, thanks to their riffs on a range of hot topics, from Rachel Dolezal to Tyler Perry and impersonating celebrities from Sam Smith to Cookie and Lucius from “Empire.”
KENDRICK LAMAR kicked off the show with an explosive performance of his latest single “Alright” and graced the stage again after winning Best Male Hip Hop Artist. BEYONCÉ and CHRIS BROWN tied with 3 awards, followed by Oscar-winning film “Selma” and FOX’s “Empire,” which each took home two awards.
One of the most attention-grabbing moments of the evening was JANET JACKSON taking the stage to receive the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award, presented by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
The pop icon was honored with a tantalizing, high-energy dance tribute highlighting a mix of some of the most memorable and successful performances of her storied career, as told by a star-studded roster of a few of the hottest names in the 2015 class of pop music.
It included a pulsating rendition of “Pleasure Principle” by TINASHE, followed by “All for You” by JASON DERULO and CIARA’s hard-hitting delivery of “If.” All three stars joined forces for an unforgettable dance-off to “Rhythm Nation,” which had the entire crowd on their feet and cheering. A humbled Jackson shyly thanked God and her fans for her 25 plus year career, along with BET for the honor, all while smiling brightly and clutching her trophy in hand.
ALICIA KEYS made a surprise appearance joining THE WEEKND on the “BET AWARDS” stage for a stunning performance of “Earned It” that drew a standing ovation. The ultra-talented JANELLE MONAE delivered an incredible performance of “Yoga,” which was amped up even more with an appearance by JIDENNA, who took over the stage to perform his own hit “Classic Man.”
NICKI MINAJ got the crowd popping when she joined MEEK MILL on stage with CHRIS BROWN to perform their brand new single “All Eyes on Us.” Then, today’s hottest rising stars, AVERY WILSON and ANDRA DAY both had impressive performances during the evening as a part of Music Matters presented by Nissan.
Earlier in the night CHRIS BROWN had the audience moving to his latest hit with TYGA “Ayo,” then the crowd got on their feet when OMARION joined the stage to jump on “Post To Be” for a hot dance routine with Brown.
YAZZ, JUSSIE SMOLLETT and SERAYAH from the cast of “Empire” had the entire room dancing to “No Apologies,” “You’re So Beautiful,” and “Drip Drop,” which JUICY J joined for on stage.
BIG SEAN got the crowd on its feet to “One Man Can Change the World,” “Blessings,” and “IDFWU” with special guest E-40.
Presenter LAVERNE COX got in on the night’s fun with co-presenter GABRIELLE UNION, who played a round of “hip-hop trivia” to determine who would have to change after wearing matching dresses.
One of the nights top highlights was a surprise reunion performance from PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY who brought out original members of Bad Boy Records including LIL’ KIM, MA$E, FAITH EVANS, THE LOX, 112 and a projection of NOTORIOUS B.I.G. as well as special guests FRENCH MONTANA and PHARRELL to perform classic records including “Peaches & Cream,””Feel So Good,” “Hypnotize,’” and “All About The Benjamins” as well as Diddy and Pharrell’s newest collaboration “Finna Get Loose.”
Following the performance, Diddy presented legendary recording artist and Motown executive SMOKEY ROBINSON with the Lifetime Achievement Award. TORI KELLY blew the audience away during the tribute performance for Robinson with her powerful vocals to a rendition of “Who’s Loving You,” followed by soulful performances from ROBIN THICKE and NE-YO, before Smokey himself took the stage to perform “Tracks of My Tears,” “Cruisin’,” and a crowd sing-along to “My Girl,” for which Kelly, Thicke and Ne-Yo returned to the stage.
PATTI LABELLE proved she hasn’t missed a beat joining TAMAR BRAXTON and K.MICHELLE who put their differences aside as they performed “If Only You Knew.”
FETTY WAP capped the epic night with smash hit “Trap Queen”, which delivered on its promise to be the hottest ticket in town. The “BET AWARDS” 2015 drew the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports, with appearances by Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Janet Jackson, Brandy, DeSean Jackson, Donald Glover, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, Michael B Jordan,Michael Ealy, Nicole Ari Parker, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Tia Mowry-Hardict and Zendaya.
NICOLE ARI PARKER and BORIS KODJOE presented Bivian “Sonny” Lee lll (Founder and President of Son of a Saint) as a recipient of the 2015 Shine-A-Light. Michael B. Jordan also presented the honor to the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement.
RIHANNA made an appearance to give BET the first look at her music video for “Bitch Better Have My Money” before its Thursday, July 2 release, which had the audience yelling “give her her money.”
In addition to all of these incredible moments, the complete list of “BET AWARDS” 2015 winners is:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Common & John Legend, “Glory” from the Motion Picture Selma
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Artist
Taraji P. Henson, “No Good Deed/Think Like a Man Too/From the Rough”
Terrence Howard, “St. Vincent/Lullaby/Sabotage”
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown “Only”
McDonald’s I’m Lovin’ It Award Nicki Minaj
Fandemonium Award Chris Brown
Best International Act: Africa
Best International Act: UK Stormzy
For performance clips of the “BET AWARDS” 2015, please visit:
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The “BET Awards” 2015 will premiere around the world on BET’s international network on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00pm BST / 10:00pm CAT and will air live on MTV Australia for the very first time (check local listings).
Encore viewings of the show will air on BET on:BET Networks · Monday, June 29 at 8 p.m. EST* · Tuesday, June 30 at 4 p.m. EST · Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m. EST
CENTRIC · Wednesday, July 7 at p.m. EST · Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m. EST
JANET JACKSON TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL ULTIMATE ICON: MUSIC DANCE VISUAL AWARD AT THE BET AWARDS 2015
Janet Jackson is suddenly everywhere again, with a new single out, a new album due and now a new award.
TINASHE, JASON DERULO AND CIARA TO PERFORM SPECIAL DANCE TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN OF POP AND “NO SLEEEP” ARTIST
HOSTED BY ANTHONY ANDERSON AND TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, BET AWARDS 2015 WILL AIR LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 28th, 2015 ON BET FROM MICROSOFT THEATER IN LOS ANGELES.
Janet Jackson, one of the world’s most influential entertainers, will be receiving the inaugural ULTIMATE ICON: Music Dance Visual award at the 15th annual “BET Awards” 2015 on Sunday, June 28, 2015, it was announced by Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming.
Ciara, Jason Derulo and Tinashe are slated to perform a special dance tribute to the iconic entertainer, which is set to include her just released single, “No Sleeep.” The entertainer sent her fans into social media frenzy when she recently announced her upcoming first studio album in seven years and the first leg of her highly anticipated UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR, a 37-date tour starting August 31st in Vancouver, BC.
“No Sleeep,” the first single from the yet untitled album, debuted on Ms. Jackson’s Twitter and website on Monday (June 22nd) and immediately reached the top spot on Billboard Trending 140. Currently, “No Sleeep” is trending at #1 and is one of the most highly requested singles on the radio.
BET is excited beyond belief to present Janet with our inaugural ULTIMATE ICON: Music Dance Visual award and we are thrilled that she chose the BET Awards as the first step on her new road,” said Mr. Hill. “An inspiration to many other artists, “Ms. Jackson” blends music, dance and visuals in unique and groundbreaking ways and we look forward to celebrating her storied history…as well as giving The BET Awards audience a peek into her Unbreakable future.”
Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. She is the first Urban American female artist to have hit singles in each of the last four decades. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actor as well, including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a New York Times Number One Best Selling Author, choreographer, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist, and with sales of over 160 million records worldwide is one of biggest-selling artists in popular music history. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, while acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.
Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the “BET Awards” will also include previously announced performances by Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill. Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Laverne Cox, Michael B. Jordan and Zendaya, who were also previously announced as presenters for the 15th Anniversary of the year’s biggest night in music. In addition, Smokey Robinson has been announced to perform and receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Joyner the Humanitarian Award at this year’s ceremony. Additional names to be announced.
A full list of the BET Awards 2015 nominations is now available at http://www.bet.com/awards
. Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the “BET Awards” along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
The “BET Awards” 2015 will air LIVE on Sunday, June 28, 2015 on BET and will premiere around the world on BET’s international network on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00pm BST / 10:00pm CAT and will air live on MTV Australia for the very first time (check local listings).
The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. Live in Los Angeles from June 25-28, 2015. BET.com/Awards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show. All information about the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® can be found at BETExperience.com. The BET Experience VIP Package offers the only way to purchase a “BET Awards” ticket, great seats to 3-nights of concerts at the Staples Center, and exclusive access to events at the free Fan Fest. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to BET.com/BETX.Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.
BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/ operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 25 – 28, 2015 presented by Coca-Cola®. This three-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at Club Nokia and STAPLES Center; “106 & PARK”; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances. The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at Microsoft Theater.
Swift In an open letter to Apple, said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the Three-Month Free Trial offered to subscribers.
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
“I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months,” she wrote.
“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much,” she continued.
“We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period – even if it is free for the fans trying it out.
“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”
This is not the first time Swift has spoken out against streaming music – she pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify last November and had refused to offer 1989 on streaming services, saying the business had “shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically”.
Taylor Swift appears to have prompted a policy change at Apple, after threatening to withhold her album “1989” from the company’s streaming music service over royalty payments.
Apple responded to Swift late Sunday night in a series of tweets from Eddy Cue, a key lieutenant of CEO Tim Cook.
“#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period,” Cue tweeted, adding that “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”
Swift quickly acknowledged the change. “I am elated and relieved,” she tweeted. “Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.”
Swift said she’s been discussing the Apple policy with others: “These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.”
N.W.A. Reunion Show Will Feature Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar And Schoolboy Q At 2015 BET Experience. The Music of NWA will be performed for the FIRST time in 15 years in anticipation of the new Movie based on their true story
ANTHONY ANDERSON AND TRACEE ELLIS ROSS TO HOST BET AWARDS 2015
“BET AWARDS” TO AIR LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 28 FROM NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE IN LOS ANGELES, CA AT 8 P.M. ET
BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA TAKES PLACE JUNE 25th-28th, 2015
Saturday’s concert at STAPLES Center during BET Networks’ BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola is all about West Coast Hip Hop. As a part of Ice Cube’s performance, will surprise fans with special guests for an exclusive set of tracks from the seminal rap group; NWA. Selling over 10 million albums in the US alone, NWA is considered one of the earliest and most influential West Coast rap groups of all time. This will be the first time in 15 years since the groups split that these songs will be performed.
The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will take place in Los Angeles on June 25-28 and will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at Club Nokia and STAPLES Center. Limited number of tickets are still available at axs.com/betexperience.
Tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola are on sale now. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $59.50, while 3-day STAPLES Center concert ticket packages start at $169.50.
The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola takes place June 25 – 28, 2015. Teaming up with AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola will feature some of today’s hottest artists including Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. The four day event will showcase the best in music, comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the FREE fan festival, “106 & PARK” tapings, seminars and celebrity appearances.
Tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola are on sale now. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $59.50, while 3-day STAPLES Center concert ticket packages start at $169.50. For fans looking to roll like a VIP throughout the biggest summer weekend in entertainment, the VIP packages are the only way to purchase “BET AWARDS” tickets, get great seats to the STAPLES Center shows, and exclusive access, Quantities are limited, so order now at http://www.axs.com/betexperience Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.
MTV, VH1 and CMT today announced that they will take over the summer music festival scene giving fans an all access pass to the hottest music, artists, fashion, food and trends in pop culture today with MTV’s “Summer Pass,” VH1’s “Best of the Fest” and CMT’s “Hot Summer of Country.” Music lovers will get a front row seat to Bonnaroo, Mysteryland USA, Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, CMA Music Festival and Oregon Jamboree through interviews from some of music’s biggest artists and behind-the-scenes coverage.
“Summer Pass” will take fans on a musical voyage to some of the most popular festivals this summer including Bonnaroo, Mysteryland USA and Lollapalooza. Viewers will receive unparalleled access to festival life from all vantage points and on multiple screens.
Kicking off on Memorial Day weekend with electronic dance festival Mysteryland USA in the lush woods of Bethel Woods, NY, MTV “Girl Code’s” Awkwafina and MTV2’s “Joking Off” and “Guy Code” host Matteo Lane will provide fans with exclusive on-the-ground coverage and insider interviews with the likes of A-Trak, Porter Robinson, Kygo, Empire of the Sun, Bro Safari, GTA, Bob Moses, Sweater Beats and more. Joining Awkwafina and Matteo, will be Vine star Liza “Lizzza” Koshy who will take over @MTV’s social platforms to bring fans a unique take on the festival from her perspective.
Viewers will take center stage in the midst of all of the action during live on-air hits on MTV throughout the weekend that will capture the true essence of what’s happening.
Additionally, MTV Clubland will give music lovers an in-depth look into the festival with social and on-air coverage right from the festival grounds.
VH1’s “Best of the Fest:”
This summer, VH1 will bring you unlimited coverage from three of the biggest festivals of the season – setting up camp at Governors Ball, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. To take VH1 viewers on this epic musical journey, everyone’s favorite VH1 personality Ellie Lee will bring you all of the highlights in live on-air segments throughout each weekend. Ellie will also talk about this summer’s festivals on VH1’s weekly countdown show “The 20” and ask fans to send in photos from the festivals via Instagram.
Ellie will have VIP access to the “Best of the Fest,” taking a look at the fashion, food, fans and of course, the music. Fans will get up close and personal with their favorite artists like Charli XCX and Tove Lo.
CMT’s “Hot Summer of Country:”
Coming to you from country music’s biggest festival straight out of Nashville, CMT will bring fans unprecedented coverage from CMA Music Festival in June. Beginning June 12, the network will feature live break-ins with coverage from the festival, which includes four days of music from hundreds of artists through live concerts, celebrity events and more. As summer heats up, CMT will hit the other side of the country with full coverage from the Oregon Jamboree starting July 31. The festival combines camping and country music from the scenic Cascade Mountains, with music from some of the genre’s biggest names including headliners Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lee Brice and Thomas Rhett.
CMT personality Cody Alan will report live from both events with full recaps on the weekly series, “CMT Hot 20 Countdown.”
MTV TO GIVE FANS AN ALL ACCESS SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS PASS
MTV, VH1 and CMT’s “Summer Pass,” “Best of the Fest” and “Hot Summer of Country” coverage is sponsored by SONIC.
About MTV: MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
The day will kick off as Floyd Mayweather sits down to discuss the media frenzy surrounding his recent May 2015 defeat of Manny Pacquiao. That afternoon, actresses Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond The Lights), Mona Scott Young (Love & Hip-Hop Series), Nicole Beharie (42, Sleepy Hollow), and Mara Brock-Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane) will join comedian and host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore for a look at the powerhouse role of Black women in Hollywood, while fellow singer/songwriters Janelle Monae and George Clinton join to explore musicianship with industry executive Reggie Osse.
To conclude the program, NBA star Kobe Bryant will sit down for an intimate conversation with ESPN’s Jemele Hill to reveal his successes, goals and future in Kobe Unplugged.
The BET “Genius Talks” series sponsored by AT&T will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, adjacent to L.A. Live, on Saturday, June 27, from 3:00 p.m. PST – 7:00 p.m. PST.
Join this dynamic group of powerhouse women who are redefining what it means to be a Urban woman in Hollywood – in front of and behind the camera. Featuring Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond The Lights), Mona Scott Young (Love & Hip-Hop Series), Nicole Beharie (42, Sleepy Hollow), and Mara Brock-Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane). Moderated by comedian and host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore.
4:00 p.m. PST: FREE TO BE: Janelle Monae & George Clinton In Conversation with Reggie Ossé
Don’t miss this celebration of two game-changing artists that revel in their unique style and individuality. Featuring the Godfather of Funk, George Clinton and the Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe as they talk musicianship, responsibility, and life outside of the ordinary – interviewed by music writer, and founder of the COMBAT JACK SHOW, Reggie Ossé.
5:00 p.m. PST: Floyd Mayweather’s Most Difficult Bout Part II
Reigning champion, Floyd Mayweather, discusses defeating Pacquio, a pending retirement, and his interests outside of the ring.
6:00 p.m. PST Kobe Unplugged: Kobe Bryant In Conversation with Jemele Hill
Superstar athlete and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant sits down with ESPN’s His & Hers co-host, Jemele Hill for an unfiltered, no-holds-barred conversation about his professional and personal journey.
As previously announced, BET Networks will make its return to Los Angeles for the weekend long music festival, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®, June 25 – 28, 2015. Teaming up with AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® will feature some of today’s hottest artists including Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. The four day event will showcase the best in music, comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the FREE fan festival, “106 & PARK” tapings, seminars and celebrity appearances.
Tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® are on sale now. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $59.50, while 3-day STAPLES Center concert ticket packages start at $169.50. For fans looking to roll like a VIP throughout the biggest summer weekend in entertainment, the VIP packages are the only way to purchase “BET AWARDS” tickets, get great seats to the STAPLES Center shows, and exclusive access your friends will envy. Quantities are limited, so order now at http://www.axs.com/betexperience
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From the dragons of Westeros and the "Walking Dead" zombies to the deadly humanoid robots of "Westworld," the golden age of television is dominating the limelight at San Diego's annual Comic-Con.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The creators of the new television drama "Confederate," set in an imaginary world where slavery still exists in the United States, defended their vision after the concept provoked outrage on social media this week.
BEIJING (Reuters) - It is not appropriate for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to visit China because of his bad behavior and he needed to improve his conduct to become a singer "truly loved" by the public, a Chinese state office has said.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (Reuters) - O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday and will be released from a Nevada prison in October, following an emotional hearing that centered on the botched armed robbery of his own mementos at a Las Vegas hotel that landed him behind bars for nine years.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Thursday said an online auction of Madonna's personal items including worn satin panties, a hair brush with her hair, and a break-up letter from a former boyfriend, late rapper Tupac Shakur, cannot go forward.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ryan Seacrest confirmed on Thursday that he will return as host of "American Idol," the most popular music reality show in U.S. television history, when it comes back to the screen on ABC TV in 2018.
(Reuters) - The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published in conjunction with a British Library event, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the magical series.
rollingstone.com - An infamous, unreleased level from the original Crash Bandicoot is now available as free DLC until Aug. 19 in the remastered N. Sane Trilogy, developer Vicarious Visions announced today via the PlayS…Tweeted by @RollingStone https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/888598987653230594
rollingstone.com - Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life While the world-weary chronicler of post-millennial love is smiling on the cover of her fourth album, sadness still lurks at the edges of its dreamy, nostalgic songs. Arri…Tweeted by @RollingStone https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/888593008861605888
rollingstone.com - Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray, Steve Martin and Jimmy Kimmel will be among the artists, comedians and actors on hand to pay tribute to David Letterman when the former Late Show host receives the Mark Twa…Tweeted by @RollingStone https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/888586926453862401
ew.com - For all things Comic-Con 2017, visit our all-encompassing EW Comic-Con section Who doesn’t love a good meme? All Comic-Con weekend, the biggest stars in film and television stopped by the EW Social S…Tweeted by @EW https://twitter.com/EW/status/888579086305472513
hollywoodreporter.com - Jeph Loeb's impromptu acceptance speech for his Inkpot Award was perfect. #defenders #sdcc pic.twitter.com/gSE5Bb3A7x — Chris E. Hayner|SDCC (@ChrisHayner) July 22, 2017 Jeph Loeb's impromptu accepta…Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888572543870750720
hollywoodreporter.com - The panel, which also served as a reminder of the show's upcoming move to Sundays at 8 p.m. starting Aug. 6, opened with moderator Damon Lindelof setting the tone in Hall H by introducing a welcome v…Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888566784403439616
hollywoodreporter.com - Captain America isn't going to disappear at the end of Marvel Entertainment's current Secret Empire comic book storyline. Fans had been concerned that the All-American hero was headed toward an unfor…Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888562153384538113
rollingstone.com - Between LPs with Nas and Mick Jagger, and more recent tracks with Jay-Z (4:44's "Bam") and Skrillex ("Make It Bun Dem"), Damian Marley (a.k.a. Jr. Gong) has been his late father's rangiest ambassador…Tweeted by @RollingStone https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/888559484909563904
hollywoodreporter.com - Another #StarTrekDiscovery costume. Such great detailing. #sdcc pic.twitter.com/anRGkxNoWK — Chris E. Hayner|SDCC (@ChrisHayner) July 21, 2017 Another #StarTrekDiscovery costume. Such great detailing…Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888557868827328512
rollingstone.com - The Walking Dead previewed its upcoming eighth season at Comic Con Friday with an explosive five-minute reel that hints at the many battles the zombie series has in store. How the undead went from dr…Tweeted by @RollingStone https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/888556714425028612
hollywoodreporter.com - A small helicopter crash-landed on a San Fernando Valley street on Friday, injuring four people on board, authorities said. The helicopter made a hard landing around noon in the Sherman Oaks area nea…Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888542624319250433
hollywoodreporter.com - Tyga Launches Chinatown-Inspired Capsule [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox] Tyga, musician and former better half of Kylie Jenner, is launching a pop-up collection in honor of his new album, Bitch I'm the Shit …Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888539574841954304
hollywoodreporter.com - Producer Bill Lawrence is unharmed following a harrowing incident on a seaplane flight over New York's East River on Friday afternoon. The Scrubs, Spin City and Cougar Town creator was onboard the sm…Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888537569025155072
ew.com - For all things Comic-Con 2017, visit our all-encompassing EW Comic-Con page. DuckTales hasn’t even returned yet and already, Scrooge and the gang are springing into action. The minds behind the antic…Tweeted by @EW https://twitter.com/EW/status/888537207266463744
hollywoodreporter.com - It took six full seasons (plus one episode) for Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) to return home to Westeros. Now that she's back in the Seven Kingdoms, it's only a matter of time before her story s…Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888521339572600833
rollingstone.com - Although Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have completed their four press conferences before their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26th, the promotional tour continues. On Thurs…Tweeted by @RollingStone https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/888517005216591872
ew.com - For all things Comic-Con 2017, visit our all-encompassing EW Comic-Con section. On Friday, EW Editor at Large Lynette Rice took the San Diego Comic-Con stage to moderate EW’s Brave New Warriors panel…Tweeted by @EW https://twitter.com/EW/status/888516299999019008
hollywoodreporter.com - Disney XD is set to announce Friday at San Diego Comic-Con that Milo Murphy's Law will get a crossover episode with Phineas and Ferb scheduled to premiere in 2018. Both shows hail from Dan Povenmire …Tweeted by @THR https://twitter.com/THR/status/888507663369293826
ew.com - The surviving Grounders will face a very familiar villain when The 100 returns for season 5. At the end of season 4, with Praimfaya set to wipe out the world, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) and a group…Tweeted by @EW https://twitter.com/EW/status/888498121948487680
rollingstone.com - Developers at Bungie have started sharing details about how the Destiny 2 beta has already begun to shape the final game, and all of the changes making their way into the release version sound like g…Tweeted by @RollingStone https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/888497077243617280
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