Grammy award-winning musician, Jamie Foxx, has been announced as the host for the BET Awards taking place at Microsoft Theater on June 24 in Los Angeles.
BET in Africa, part of Viacom International Media Networks Africa multimedia portfolio, announced in a statement on Thursday that the show will be premiering across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on June 26.
Returning to the stage as host for the second time after nearly a decade, Jamie joins an A-List roster of comedians and entertainers who have lit the room. They include Leslie Jones, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker.
This year’s broadcast celebrates 18 years of dynamic performances, groundbreaking moments, the hottest talent in the game, and entertainment’s most thought-provoking players.
The organisers say, “BET Awards continues to tackle culturally relevant topics and conversations, setting the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts.”
An award-winning actor, musical artiste, and renowned comedian, Jamie is one of Hollywood’s rare elite multi-faceted performers. He most recently appeared in Edgar Wright’s critically acclaimed, “Baby Driver,” alongside Ansel Elgort, and currently executive produces and hosts interactive game show, “Beat Shazam,” now in its second season.
In November, Jamie will star in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood opposite Taron Egerton and Jamie Dornan. Foxx also recently wrapped production on his directorial debut, All-Star Weekend that he also wrote and stars in.
Meanwhile, Nigerian singers, Tiwa Savage and Davido, have been nominated for the Best International Act Music category at the awards.
Both singers were nominated among international entertainment superstars listed for honours.
American record producer and radio personality DJ Khaled tops the overall list, with six nominations.
Jayne Augoye is an assistant editor and covers the entertainment and lifestyle beat for PREMIUM TIMES. She has a master's degree in Media and Communication from the Pan Atlantic University. Twitter: @jaynejones