BET to Launch Awards Show

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Black Entertainment Television announced Thursday that it will launch its
inaugural awards show June 19 in Las Vegas.

The BET Awards will honor African-American achievement in the entertainment
industry. Comedians Steve Harvey and Cedric 'The Entertainer' will host the
show, which will be telecast live on the network.

Award categories and nominees will be revealed during a media conference
Monday, the network said.

BET joins other cable networks such as MTV: Music Television, Nickelodeon,
ESPN, VH1 and DMX Music in the development of cable-network-branded awards
shows.

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