Performers include sultry superstar Ciara and rappers T.I. and 50 Cent
With a galaxy of stars that BET has booked for the BET 2007 Awards, there's no doubt that the fire marshal will be working overtime at the Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, June 26. Sparks will be flying throughout the three-hour live telecast that begins at 8pm PT as some of the hottest stars in music, television, movies and sports bring the heat and burn the house down.
Joining rap royalty T.I. and 50 Cent on the performance lineup are R&B crooner Ne-Yo, sultry superstar Ciara and gospel great Yolanda Adams. The roster of A-list celebrities handing out trophies includes Hollywood's biggest names including Academy Award nominees Terrence Howard and Queen Latifah, television mogul and former supermodel Tyra Banks, actor/comedian Katt Williams, Dirty-South hip-hop heavyweight, Big Boi of Outkast and five-time world champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. among others.
BET is the only award show that recognizes the achievements of music artists, entertainers and athletes in 14 categories; this year's nods for best-in-class performances go to Beyonce' with six nominations, followed by Jay-Z, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Akon and Gnarls Barkley among others.
Hosted by comedian Mo'Nique, back to emcee the telecast for an unprecedented third time, this year's show is billed as “The Main Event” and it's no wonder. “People have asked me how I'm gonna top the 2004 bigger and better Beyonce' dance, believe me you'll see. I'll knock it out of the ring,” said Mo'Nique. “It's gonna be a big night and I'm excited to see everyone especially Miss Diana Ross.”
Diana Ross, one of the most successful female vocalists of all time, will receive BET' s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for her distinguished career and contributions to popular music for more than four decades. Additionally, Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle will be honored with BET's Humanitarian Award for his efforts to bring awareness to the dire situation in Darfur as well as the African AIDS epidemic.