BET and BETJ will Televise an entire slate of awards-related programming beginning June 13 leading up to the BET Awards '06 airing live from Los Angeles on June 27:

WHAT:

BET will honor superlative achievement in music, entertainment and sports with a star-studded "live" telecast of BET AWARDS '06. The top-rated and most-watched awards show among African-American viewers, the BET AWARDS will be anchored by Hollywood funny man Damon Wayans. The show format includes glitzy red carpet arrivals, explosive show performances, and riveting tributes by the hottest names in entertainment at the Shrine Auditorium.

EVENT TIME: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 @ 5:00 p.m. PT

PREMIERE TELECAST:

Tuesday, June 27 @ 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT (LIVE)

Note: Pacific and Mountain Time Zone telecast tape delayed

ENCORE TELECASTS:

Friday, June 30 @ 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

Tuesday, July 4 @ 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

Sunday, July 9 @ 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

WHERE:

Shrine Auditorium

655 W Jefferson Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 748-5116

http://www.shrineauditorium.com

HOST: Damon Wayans

SPECIAL HONOREES: Chaka Khan - BET Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Harry Belafonte - BET Humanitarian Award Recipient

AWARDS-RELATED PROGRAMMING:

TOP 12 AWARDS SHOW MOMENTS SPECIAL

Tuesday, June 13 @ 10pm ET/PT

Friday, June 16 @ 10pm ET/PT

Saturday, June 17 @ 11am ET/PT

I WANNA THANK MY MAMA: BET NOMINATION SPECIAL

Friday, June 16 @ 7:30pm & 11pm ET/PT

Saturday, June 17 @ 1:30pm ET/PT

BET.COM COUNTDOWN: VIEWER'S CHOICE

Monday, June 19 @ 7:30pm ET/PT

Friday, June 23 @ 7:30pm ET/PT

ACCESS GRANTED: BET AWARDS

Monday, June 26 @ 10 pm & 2 am ET/PT

Tuesday, June 27 @ 2 pm ET/PT

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SPECIAL (featuring Chaka Khan) -- airs on BET J

Monday, June 19 @ 9 pm ET/PT and 1am ET/PT

Friday, June 23 @ 7 pm ET/PT

Sunday, June 25 @ 7 pm ET/PT

HUMANITARIAN AWARD SPECIAL (featuring Harry Belafonte) -- airs on BETJ

Monday, June 19 @ 9:30 pm and 1:30am ET/PT

Friday, June 23 @ 7:30 pm ET/PT

Sunday, June 25 @ 7:30 pm ET/PT

PRE-SHOW: 106 & PARK: LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, hosted by Big Tigger and Julissa

Tuesday, June 27 @ 6-8pm ET/PT

POST-SHOW: BET NEWS SPECIAL: THE BLACK CARPET LOUNGE, one-hour live post-show hosted by Toure

Tuesday, June 27 @ 11 pm ET/PT (following the BET Awards '06 broadcast)

The Bet Awards Fashion Review -- airs on BETJ

Monday, July 17 @ 10 am & 2 pm ET/PT

THE BETJ COOL LIKE THAT AWARD SPECIAL -- airs on BETJ

Wednesday, July 19 @ 10 am & 2 pm ET/PT

BET AWARDS: BEHIND THE SCENES -- airs on BETJ

Friday, July 21 @ 10 am & 2 pm ET/PT

TICKETS: The BET AWARDS show is open to the public -- tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and on the Internet at http://www.ticketmaster.com . General information is available at http://www.bet.com .

ABOUT BET NETWORKS: BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc., is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; and BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video content for wireless devices.