Chris Tucker to host and Beyonce to perform at BET Experience
CALIFORNIA, United States, Friday April 19, 2013 – Chris Tucker, best known for his role as Jackie Chan's crime-fighting partner in the three blockbusting "Rush Hour" movies, will host the 2013 BET Awards this June as the annual event launches a three-day weekend extravaganza.
The awards show will be part of the first ever "BET Experience at LA Live!" – a glittering new entertainment festival scheduled to run from June 28 through June 30.
The inaugural festival is expected to light up Los Angeles with film screenings, comedy shows, seminars, concerts and other events, including an eagerly anticipated show from Beyoncé who'll kick off the festivities in inimitable style with her June 28 performance as part of her "Mrs Carter Show" world tour.
Actor-comedian Tucker, who is so selective about his screen appearances that he's only been seen in four movies in the past 15 years, is upbeat about his role in the upcoming ceremony.
"I am honoured to be asked to host this year's BET Awards. I'm looking forward to be being part of a really great show," he revealed in a statement.
For his part, Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials, commented: "We cannot wait for Chris to set fire to the BET Awards stage with his unique brand of mayhem."
Since the last "Rush Hour" film in 2007, Tucker's only film role was in "Silver Linings Playbook," one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2012.
The "Rush Hour" trilogy, in which the actor and comedian played a wisecracking LAPD detective, was so successful for Tucker that he became a US$20-million-a-movie celebrity, ranking him alongside big box office draws like Will Smith and Tom Cruise. He reportedly earned US$25 million for "Rush Hour 3" in 2007.
The reputedly reclusive star will step back into the spotlight when the BET Awards air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30 at 8:00 pm. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)