D.L. Hughley To Host 2008 BET Awards; Usher To Perform

Usher smiles during an appearance on ‘TRL,’ May 27, 2008 Usher smiles during an appearance on ‘TRL,’ May 27, 2008

Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley will take the reins as host of BET Awards ’08. Tagged as “the hottest ticket on television,” BET Awards ’08 is raising the stakes as the biggest stars in music, sports and entertainment unite under one roof at Los Angeles’s historic Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET. BET Awards ’08 will feature live performances by some of today’s hottest artists, including Usher, Lil Wayne and Nelly.

Newly announced performers include Alicia Keys, nominated for Best Female R&B, Video of the Year and Viewer’s Choice; multiple nominee Kanye West (Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration with T-Pain on the single “Good Life” and Video of the Year for the same); Chris Brown, who has locked in four nominations including Best Male R&B, Viewer’s Choice and Best Collaboration with T-Pain on “Kiss Kiss”; and Best Collaboration nominee Young Jeezy.

As a member of The Original Kings of Comedy and star of his own sitcom, “The Hughleys,” D.L. has made a name for himself in the world of entertainment. He was most recently seen starring in a one-hour comedy special for HBO entitled “Unapologetic” and as host of “Def Comedy Jam.”

Legendary R&B icon Al Green will be in the house to receive BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Joining him will be celebrated producer/arranger/composer Quincy Jones, who will be honored with BET’s prestigious Humanitarian Award for his outreach to young African-Americans through the Listen Up Foundation, a charity which connects youth with music, technology and culture. In addition, Jones helped launch the We Are the Future project, giving hope to children in poor and conflict-ridden areas.

For the past seven years, the BET Awards has boasted moments such as Michael Jackson’s surprise appearance during James Brown’s tribute; Rick James in his final duet with Teena Marie; Will Smith presenting Muhammad Ali with the first-ever Humanitarian Award; Prince onstage backing Chaka Khan; Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams and India.Arie in a tribute to Rufus’ first lady of funk; Destiny’s Child’s steamy lap dance; the reunion of one of hip hop’s most beloved trios, The Fugees; and last year’s opening performance with Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday.

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