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Tonight!! BET Awards 2013


BET Awards 2013
Live! Sunday June 30 Hosted by Chris Tucker


Drake is up for a dozen awards, including five separate nominations in the Video of the Year category for “Started From the Bottom,” “HYFR” and his contributions to 2 Chainz’s “No Lie,” A$AP Rocky’s “F—in’ Problems” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice.”


Both 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar earned eight noms apiece, A$AP Rocky and Jay-Z each have five, and Justin Timberlake and Miguel have four each.

Rihanna nominated for three awards including Best Female E&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year, and Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award.

Rihanna BET Awards 2013


Janelle Monae

Don’t miss the “Electric Lady” electrify your television screen, Sunday, June 30!


A T.I. performance? The King of South to reign on stage!

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke to “blurr the lines” between a good performance and great one. Don’t miss him in action June 30!

Justin Timnerlake

When you’re recently back from a hiatus, there’s no better stage to hit than the BET Awards. Watch Justin live June 30!


Snoop Dogg

Don’t miss Snoop “Lion” Dogg light up the stage!

Mariah Carey

A pop icon, she has sold millions of records and won nearly every award received by an artist. Watch Miariah live on June 30.

Nicki Minaj

What surprises will the Pink Friday mastermind bring to the stage this year? Watch on June 30 to find out!


Ready yourself for a Ciara performance unlike anything the ATL songstress has ever delivered.


As one of R&B’s MVPs, expect Miguel to turn it all the way up. It’s the BET Awards, anything can happen.


Kendrick Lamar

Kentrick Lamar’s ascent has been huge! The Compton native brings his unique style of hip hop to the stage this year!

Chris Brown

Team Breezy is in the building! The R&B and pop sensation once again finds his way to the stage to much fanfare and delight.

R. Kelly

R&B’s Pied Piper steps his way on stage to perform both new and old hits for viewers everywhere.

Stevie Wonder

The legendary Stevie Wonder announced as a performer!

Erykah Badu

This “Queen” is back to set the record straight about who’s music keeps going “On & On.”


India. Arie

The always soulful and golden-voiced India.Arie joins the list of performers BET Awards 2013.

Charlie Wilson

This year’s honoree and superfly soul funk legend gives BET Awards a dash of old school flavor mixed with new school love. Uncle Charlie is set to receive the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Awards on Sunday.

J. Cole

J. Cole ytakes us on a “power trip” at this year’s BET Awards!

Jamie Foxx

The award-winning actor and singer drops in for a rare performance.

2 Chainz

The Atlanta rapper will grace the stage with his unique charm and swagger!

Kirk Franklin

The Sunday Bedst host swings in to deliver a joyful performance in a way that only he can.

Tamela Mann

One of gospel’s shining stars will blaze the BET Awards stage!

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell brings his futuristic presence to the awards. Watch him deliver up a good time – N.E.R.D. style!

Chris Tucker is Baaack!! Two Sold Out Shows at Harlem’s Apollo Theater


Chris Tucker on stage


Chris Tucker is Baaack!! Two Sold Out Shows at Harlems Apollo Theater

When Chris Tucker wrapped up his sold out “Guess Who’s Back” Tour at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on December 13th and 14th, it was a homecoming for the actor/comedian who performed at the Apollo’s Amateur Night at the beginning of this career.

Tucker recalled that first night: “I found out the crowd was really hard, so you have to be really good, and you have to really connect with them right away, or you’re in trouble.” Tucker was at the top of his game and had the crowd roaring from his opening words. This was a night the infamous “Executioner” was not waiting in the wings to sweep him off stage.

The show kicked off with two warm up comics: newcomer London Brown and  Def Comedy Jam’s Terry Hodges. Brown proved he belonged on stage with the veterans with his impressions of Jay-Z, Denzel Washington, and even Tucker.

Tucker hit the stage dancing to James Brown’s funky “Pay Back” as he greeted his fans. Most of his material focused on finance, and in his case, owing money. Five years ago he was the highest paid actor earning $25 million for “Rush Hour 3.” Since then, he spent and lost his entire fortune, and due to unpaid taxes, his net worth is negative $11.5 million.

“The IRS doesn’t play,” said Tucker, who blamed his business manager for his problems. “She didn’t pay my taxes, but she paid her own. It’s the last time I’ll let Wesley Snipes help me with taxes, talking ’bout we don’t have to pay taxes. He said he’s a super hero he doesn’t pay tax. Can’t trust nobody.” Snipes is now serving three year sentence for three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns.

Tucker recalled when he talked to Chan about his dilemma, his “Rush Hour” co-star responded, “Chris, you broke. Your whole country broke.”

Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan

Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 31, 1971, Tucker built his reputation appearing on “Def Comedy Jam” and appearing in the mid-90s in “House Party 3″, “Friday”, and “The Fifth Element.” His star rocketed to the stratosphere in 1998, co-starring with Jackie Chan in Brett Ratner’s “Rush Hour.” After the film’s massive success, Tucker demanded and received $20 million to appear in the sequel. He then negotiated a $40 million, two-movie contract with New Line Cinema of which $25 million would be for “Rush Hour 3.”

Ice Cube & Chris Tucker in Friday

Ice Cube & Chris Tucker in Friday

Tucker’s breakthrough role was Smokey in 1995’s “Friday,” and he joked he was paid in “CDs and weed.” He blamed Ice Cube, stating, “He’s a rapper. He didn’t know what’s he was doing.” Tucker says he pleaded with fans to stop referring to him as Smokey in public. “Don’t call me Smokey no more, it was a character and I was just a good actor.”

The blockbuster “Rush Hour” films soon followed, immediately vaulting Tucker to Hollywood’s A-list.  He and Michael Jackson formed a mutual admiration society, and their close friendship led to Tucker starring in Jackson’s “You Rock My World” video playing the King of Pop’s partner in crime.

“Michael invited me to his Neverland,” Tucker fondly remembered. “I was sitting by the window and saw two giraffes are looking at me and I said, ‘Michael, what these two giraffes are doing there?’ and he said, ‘there’s three, you wanna meet them?’ That’s crazy.” He also revealed that Michael changed his name to ‘Christmas.’ “When I was talking to Michael on the phone, he started calling me Christmas. He said, ‘It sounds nice, Christmas. Don’t you think?’ So now my name is officially changed to Christmas Tucker.”

Chris “Christmas” Tucker has definitely made a comeback with his return to standup comedy and his feature role in “Silver Linings Playbook” starring Robert De Niro.  With rumors of “Rush Hour 4,” hopefully we will once again see the hilarious team of Detective James Carter and Detective Inspector Lee traveling the globe performing the song they love to sing, “War, what is it good for?, Absolutely nothing.”

Sing it again, Chris!

“Guess Who’s Back” Chris Tucker Live at the Apollo Theater



“Guess Who’s Back”

Chris Tucker Live at the Apollo Theater

Comedian and actor Chris Tucker will make a triumphant return to stand up comedy with his Guess Who’s Back Tour presented by AEG Live. As part of the tour, Tucker will take the Apollo Theater stage for two nights on Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14 at 8pm.

Hailed as one of the funniest comics in the industry, Tucker is no stranger to the Apollo stage. At the beginning of his career, Tucker performed at Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night and would come back o the Theater several times throughout his career including as host of the Apollo’s Annual Spring Gala in 2007. This performance will mark the comedian/actor’s first time headlining a show at the legendary Theater.

Tickets are $49.50 and $69.50 and are available at www.apollotheater.org; in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office, 125th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues; over the phone at 212/531-5305 or (800) 745-3000; and on www.ticketmaster.com.