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Nominees for the 2006 BET Awards on June 27th were announced in Hollywood this week including special honorees Chaka Khan for the BET Lifetime Achievement Award and Harry Belafonte for the BET Humanitarian Award. (L-R Front) BET Awards Host, Damon Wayans; Keyshia Cole; Chaka Khan; and NE-YO (L-R Rear) BET EVP of Entertainment & Music Programming, Stephen Hill; Busta Rhymes; BET President of Entertainment, Reginald Hudlin; Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J and DJ Paul. Photo by Arnold Turner, WireImage/BET. (PRNewsFoto/BET (Black Entertainment Television, Arnold Turner) HOLLYWOOD, CA UNITED STATES 05/16/2006

The electrifying, live three-hour telecast of BET AWARDS '06 at LA's historic Shrine Auditorium will take place at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 (tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific zones).

Host Damon Wayans will also be accompanied by Lifetime Achievement Award winner Chaka Khan, Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte, and previously announced presenters Vivica A. Fox, Outkast, Vince Young, Rihanna, Shawn and Marlon Wayans; and past BET AWARDS host Steve Harvey.

Topping the stunning list of celebrity performances, already announced by Executive Producer and BET Executive Vice President for Entertainment and Music Programming Stephen Hill, is Beyonce, Prince, Chaka Khan, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, T.I., Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Lil Wayne and Mary Mary.

106 & Park hosts Julissa and Big Tigger will jumpstart the coverage on awards day at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT with 106 & Park Live From the Red Carpet. After the show, more '06 BET AWARDS action can be seen and heard during BET NEWS Special: The Black Carpet Lounge hosted by Toure at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT. This one-hour program will feature exclusive interviews, show highlights and recap all of the day's action.

In addition, BET viewers can cast their votes for their favorite performer in the BET.com Viewers' Choice poll at http://www.bet.com/, which takes place in "real-time" during the course of the telecast. Viewers can tune in to the ceremony to see if their chosen performer won the Viewers' Choice award, and also check out other interactive features.

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BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE: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 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; and BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video content for wireless devices.

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"It's All In The Stars" will ring true on June 27th as the BET Awards '06 telecasts live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT (tape delayed to PT and MT). The star-studded telecast will kick off with a show-stopping performance by Hollywood's favorite new dream girl, Beyonce, and conclude with a highly anticipated performance by the legendary Prince. (PRNewsFoto/BET (Black Entertainment Television), Michael Caufield/Courtesy BET) LOS ANGELES, CA UNITED STATES 06/15/2006