The 12th annual BET Awards take place this weekend. Are you ready? Here’s our guide to watching the Awards, which air live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live this Sunday, June 30th at 8 p.m. EST. Chris Tucker hosts the annual showcase of Black music, which began in Las Vegas on June 19th, 2001. OutKast was the very first recipient of a BET Award. This year, The BET Experience offers the general public more opportunities to participate with award show tickets, a slew of special events including concerts starring Beyonce, Erykah Badu, New Edition and the Jacksons, comedy, a film festival and more. Coverage starts with red carpet and pre-show at 6 p.m.
Performers include: Chris Brown, Snoop Lion, Miguel, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Janelle Monae, Robin Thicke, T.I. Stevie Wonder and Erykah Badu. See the complete list here.
Nominees include: Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, 2 Chainz, Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Future and Kendrick Lamar. See the complete list here.
Viewer’s Choice Award: Cast your vote for the Viewer’s Choice favorite. The list of nominees includes Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Miguel and Drake.
Presenters include: Gabrielle Union, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, LaLa Anthony
2013 Honorees: Charlie Wilson: Lifetime Achievement Award, Dwyane Wade: Humanitarian Award
Twitter: Got some observations during the show? We know you do. Tweet via @BETAWARDS with hashtag #BETAWARDS13 or you can follow these folks on the scene and in the know:
Rihanna (who knows if she’s attending the Awards, but her Twitter is always fun)
Alicia Keys Tweets regularly about music and everything else
Diddy Because he’s everywhere, you’re never there
Chrissy Teigen (John Legend’s opinionated girlfriend subject to death threats from angry Chris Brown fans if she even suggests he’s not perfect