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Stevie Wonder to join BET awards’ Celebration of Prince


…As Will.I.Am to Present BET International Global Good Award to Akon

BET has revealed that multi Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Stevie Wonder, will bring the house down during one of the multiple show-stopping performances spread throughout the show paying homage to Prince at the 16th annual “BET Awards” (Sunday 26 June 2016).

Also confirmed to take the stage are Young Thug, Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, French Montana, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Tori Kelly, Beyoncé’s rising music duo CHLOE X HALLE  and Bilal, alongside previously announced performers Bryson Tiller, Usher, Desiigner, Future, Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Sheila E. and The Roots.

Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the “BET Awards” will also include several BIG SURPRISES from beginning to end that you won’t want to miss!

Jamie Foxx, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Spike Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Debra Lee, Wood Harris, Karrueche Tran, Deon Cole and Yara Shahidi will join the previously announced presenters for the highly-anticipated event, including DJ Khaled, Gabrielle Union, Tinashe, Fantasia, Regina Hall, BET’s “Music Moguls” (Damon Dash, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri and Snoop Dogg,) Aja Naomi King, Nate Parker, Terrence J, Morris Chestnut, J.B. Smoove, Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, the cast of BET’s New Edition Biopic (Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Algee Smith, Keith Powers and Woody McClain) and BET’s “F in Fabulous” cast (Kamie Crawford, Eny Oh, Stephon Mendoza and Savannah Lynx).

Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals and Bibi Bourelly are also confirmed to perform during the show on the Music Matters Stage.

The 2016 “BET Awards” will also honour Samuel L. Jackson with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Jesse Williams with the evening’s Humanitarian Award. Grammy Award winner will present BET’s international “Global Good” Award to hip-hop superstar Akon.

The BET Awards premieres on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 7:00 pm.

Russian Bear is the official South Africa sponsor of the BET Awards 2016.

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