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D’Angelo, The Roots, Janelle Monae and Sheila E to Pay Tribute to Prince at BET Awards

The 2016 BET Awards will pay tribute to Prince with an all-star lineup that includes The Roots, D’Angelo, Janelle Monae and the Purple One’s former drummer/lover, Sheila E.

In a tweet announcing the special nod to the legendary singer who died on April 21 at age 57, the channel also promised that more acts will be announced at a later date.

The BET honor comes just weeks after the network sent out a tweet taunting Madonna for her homage to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, in which they promised the late singer “Don’t worry. We got you.”

The Tonight Show house band member and Roots drummer Questlove helped produce the Billboard tribute to Prince and defended Madonna’s performance, tweeting “just to sing his work is brave enough.”

In 2010 BET honored Prince with their Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2016 BET Awards will also feature performances from Maxwell, Alicia Keys and more.

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Chris Brown, Jodeci, Jeremih & More to Perform at 2014 Soul Train Awards


Following last week’s nominations announcement, CENTRIC has now revealed the surprise lineup of hit-making performers and presenters for the 2014 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS.

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New Music: BET Presents: Music Matters Compilation Vol. 1 (Preview)

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BET Music Matters is prepping for the release of their very first compilation album entitled BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1. The LP is being released on June 23 in conjunction with the BET Experience, a 3-day concert event at L.A. Live surrounding the BET Awards, which airs live on June 29.

BET Music Matters is a multi-platform initiative that identifies and exposes new ground breaking artists and music across BET and Centric properties, as well as through national tours and monthly showcases. The platform has helped launch the careers of some of today’s hottest talent including Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, J. Cole, Elle Varner, Marsha Ambrosius and more.

The album contains new music as well as previous tracks not commercially released from mixtapes or remixes from the likes of Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Mack Wilds, J. Cole, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Elle Varner and more.

Giving fans an early preview of the album, BET has shared a 7 track preview stream. Take a listen below!

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Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Trey Songz & More Set To Perform At ‘BET Experience’


The sun is shining and it’s almost time for the shorts and sandals to be on standby! That really means that the summer is only right around the corner! With the good news ringing in, even better news dropped today and that’s the line-up for the BET Experience!

See if your favorite artist made the cut after the jump!

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Bobby V, Ro James, Austin Brown, Mateo, Adrian Marcel & Curtis Fields Perform at BET Music Matters Concert


It was another great night for R&B in New York City on Tuesday, as BET held their end of the year Music Matters concert at SOB’s. The monthly showcase put together an excellent lineup for their last show of 2013, featuring many of R&B’s best emerging male artists.

Opening the show was singer/musician Curtis Fields, who was introduced to many with his performance at this years BET Awards. Curtis showed off his vocal talent and impressive gimmick of playing the guitar off an app on his iPhone. Next up was Bay Area native Adrian Marcel who wowed the audience with his vocal performance and stage presence, performing fan favorites off his debut mixtape ‘7 Days of Weak.’ Following third was SOB’s regular Mateo, who once again sang his heart out and played keys, closing with his latest single “How Good Is Your Love,” which is currently on the countdown of 106 & Park.

The tempo of the evening was brought up when Austin Brown and his incredible band were introduced to the stage, delivering another roaring,  high-energy set of covers and songs from his 2012 mixtape ‘Highway 85.’ The second to last act was none other than Ro James, who has also become a stable at SOB’s, and put on one of his best performances, keeping it tight Ro had the entire room singing along to his anthem “Pledge Allegiance.”

Closing out the evening was R&B star Bobby V, who just released his impressive new EP ‘Peach Moon,’ featuring a new sound for the singer, which features all live instruments. Bobby being a seasoned performer with a catalog of many hits, reminded many why he is still a sought after artist, and in addition to his classics performed new tracks off ‘Peach Moon’ project, and showcased his skills at the keys.

The evening of great R&B was also co-hosted by platinum hitmaker and artist Rico Love, who has been seeing success with his own new single “They Don’t Know.” Check out our exclusive photos below:

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Luke James Visits ‘106 & Park,’ Talks “I.O.U.,” ‘Black Nativity’ Film and More


Luke James paid a visit to BET’s ‘106 & Park’ on Monday to world premiere the music video for his latest single “I.O.U.” The R&B crooner spoke to Bow Wow and Paigion about the song and videos concept, his recent work with Michelle Obama’s fitness campaign, touring, being in the upcoming movie Black Nativity and more.

Check out the two clips below, and if you haven’t yet, watch the “I.O.U.” video here.

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Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole & Miguel Visit BET ‘106 & Park’

It was a R&B day on BET’s ‘106 & Park’ on Wednesday, as Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole and Miguel paid a visit to the show to promote their upcoming albums and new music videos. Catch up on all the interviews below…

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‘Apollo Live’ Names Gladys Knight Lead Judge

Gladys Knight has been named as the lead judge on “Apollo Live,” a new singing competition series on BET’s sister network, CentricTV. “Apollo Live” will be set in the historic Apollo Theater in New York. Debuting this Fall, the show adds a new dimension to reality TV by playing off the legendary “Amateur Night” showcase. Executive producer, Jamie Foxx is adding Ms. Knight to the likes of Doug E. Fresh and New Edition’s Michael Bivins.

While the cash prize and other perks have not been announced, comedic actor, Tony Rock will host the show.

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