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Beyoncé and the BET Experience arrive at LA Live this summer

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, February 05, 2013, at 08:03AM
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Beyoncé and the BET awards are coming to DTLA this summer.

Only a day after Beyoncé nailed her Super Bowl halftime performance, AEG announced that she will be kicking off her North American tour this June in DTLA. Queen Bey is scheduled to perform June 28 at the Staples Center, kicking off off a three-day weekend of concerts and film screenings as part of The BET (Black Entertainment Television) Experience.

This festival leads up to the BET Awards which will take place on June 30 for their second year at L.A. Live. Throughout the weekend there will also be a special BET Grammy Museum exhibit, seminars, after-parties and a fan fest for the network.

Other musical guests scheduled to perform include Snoop Dogg (sometimes known as Snoop Lion), R. Kelly, New Edition, The Jacksons, The Roots and Erykah Badu.

“This is the next step in our evolution of the BET AWARDS weekend. I am proud to say that what we have planned is the greatest celebration of music, entertainment, and culture and I’m thrilled to have Beyoncé kick off our festivities,” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, in a statement. “We are pleased to have the perfect partner in AEG to pull off our inaugural BET Experience.”

Each night of the BET Experience will include a comedy showcase followed by a concert at Staples and a late night performance at Club Nokia. The festival begins June 28 and will culminate June 30 with the awards show at L.A. Live, which recognizes artists, entertainers and athletes in categories including "Video of the Year," "Best Gospel" and "Sportsman of the Year."

“When the world thinks of stars they think of Los Angeles,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a statement. “And this June we are happy to welcome the stars of Black Entertainment to our City for the BET Experience. Every year the show honors those actors, musicians and comedians who touch our souls and bring joy to our lives.”

Last year's awards show was hosted by Samuel L. Jackson and winners included Nicki Minaj for "Best Female Hip Hop Artist" and Big Sean for "Best New Artist."

Tickets for the 2013 festival go on sale February 11 and are available for individual shows or the entire weekend. Prices per concert range from about $40 to $200. There's also a variety of VIP packages that climb upwards of $4,000, and include a ticket to the awards show, VIP treatment at all the weekend's events as well as access to the Red Carpet.

Just in case you happened to miss a moment of Beyoncé's halftime show:


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