BET Awards 09 Red Carpet – Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle, aka Ermias Ashgedom or Ermias Asghedom, born in Los Angeles, California, U.S., rose to stardom in early 2009 when he went on tour with fellow West Coast artist The Game. He owned a clothing shop in LA, before selling all of his possessions to set up a recording studio. He is expected to release an album in the winter of 2009, with his first two singles, “Hussle In The House” and “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name”, debuting in early 2009. He is of Eritrean descent.

TRIPLE THREAT OSCAR AWARD-WINNING ACTOR, CHART-TOPPING SONGSTER AND COMEDIAN JAMIE FOXX TAPPED TO HOST THE BET AWARDS 09

PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCES BY NE-YO AND MAXWELL
ALONG WITH MANY MORE AT THE NINTH ANNUAL SHOW PREMIERING LIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Legendary Soul Singers the OJays Will Be the Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award

NEW YORK May 12, 2009 BET Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), today announced that Academy Award-winning actor and GRAMMY Awards®-nominated R&B artist Jamie Foxx has been selected to grace the stage as the host of the BET AWARDS 09. As the #1 rated awards show among African American viewers, the ninth annual BET Awards will not disappoint as the brightest stars in music, sports and entertainment reunite in Los Angeles historic Shrine Auditorium for a night of exhilarating LIVE performances on Sunday, June 28. This year viewers will be wowed with show-stopping performances by Maxwell and Ne-Yo, with more performers to be named shortly. Moreover, BET will celebrate the musical legacy and contributions of the soul trio, the OJays who will be presented with this years Lifetime Achievement Award.

This years host, Jamie Foxx is no stranger to the limelight—or to BET—as his latest single Blame It tops several of the Billboard charts and his current platinum-selling album, Intuition, debuted at number three on the Top 100 chart. The triple-threat has also scored several awards and nominations throughout his acting career including an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the epic film Ray. After the second week of release, Foxxs sophomore album, Unpredictable, jumped to number one on the Top 200 chart and earned Foxx the distinguished honor of joining the ranks of legendary actors Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Barbra Streisand as the fourth Academy Award winner to also have a number one album in the US.

For the past eight years, the BET AWARDS has not disappointed as fans watched outstanding moments such as last years surprise tribute performance to Al Green by Maxwell and the reuniting of legendary R&B groups TLC, along with the special performance by Alicia Keys

and En Vogue; Michael Jacksons surprise appearance during James Browns tribute; Rick James in his final duet with Teena Marie; Will Smith presenting Muhammad Ali with the first-ever Humanitarian Award; Prince onstage backing Chaka Khan; Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams and India.Arie in a powerhouse tribute to Rufus first lady of funk; Destinys Childs steamy lap dance; and the unforgettable reunion of one of hip hops most beloved trios, The Fugees.

BET has once again teamed with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards® and the eight record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen Hill, President, Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, along with Lynn Harris-Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks, will executive produce the telecast.

On Camera – Erica O’ Young

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