Beyonce To Kick Off Her North American Tour At The BET Experience At L.A. LIVE On Friday, June 28, 2013 At STAPLES Center As The

Beyonce To Kick Off Her North American Tour At The BET Experience At L.A. LIVE
  On Friday, June 28, 2013 At STAPLES Center As The BET Awards Expands To An
          Electrifying Weekend Festival In Los Angeles, June 28 - 30





PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BET Networks, the foremost
entertainment brand for the African-American audience, and AEG, one of the
leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/ operator of L.A.
LIVE have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind event, the BET EXPERIENCE AT
L.A. LIVE  (BETX), June 28 - 30, 2013. The month of June will be a scorcher
in Los Angeles, CA as the BET Experience takes over L.A. LIVE for three days
and nights of music and comedy concerts, film screenings, "106 & PARK"
tapings, BET Fan Fest, seminars, BET GRAMMY® Museum exhibit, various social
events and celebrity appearances.

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Beyonce, in the first stop on her North American tour, is set to headline the
first of the three-night STAPLES Concert series on Friday, June 28. Each
night will feature comedy showcases, mega concerts from STAPLES Center and
late night soul performances at Club Nokia. Before Beyonce's performance in
STAPLES, Mike Epps brings his comedy game to the Club Nokia stage, while
Erykah Badu captivates the late night crowd in Club Nokia after Beyonce's
highly anticipated performance. On Saturday, June 29, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop
Dogg, Miguel and Schoolboy Q headline at STAPLES Center and Club Nokia will
feature an exclusive session with The Roots. On Sunday, Kirk Franklin curates
a morning Gospel celebration at Club Nokia. R. Kelly, New Edition and The
Jacksons close out the Staples Center Concert Series following the Super Bowl
of Black Entertainment; the BET AWARDS broadcasting live from Nokia Theatre
L.A. LIVE. This year's BET AWARDS promises to be bigger and better as it
recognizes the successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in an array of

"This is the next step in our evolution of the BET AWARDS weekend. I am proud
to say that what we have planned is the greatest celebration of music,
entertainment, and culture and I'm thrilled to have Beyonce kick off our
festivities," said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "We are
pleased to have the perfect partner in AEG to pull off our inaugural BET

"We are proud to be working in partnership with BET to create and co-host the
first annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, said Timothy J. Leiweke, President
and CEO, AEG. "No other organization would have the vision, the brand, the
assets, the imagination or the creativity to design such an all-encompassing
celebration than our friends at BET under the inspired leadership of Debra
Lee. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of fans from all over the
U.S. that will come to Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE to attend this one-of-a-kind
tribute and celebration."

"When the world thinks of stars they think of Los Angeles," said Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa. "And this June we are happy to welcome the stars of Black
Entertainment to our City for the BET Experience. Every year the show honors
those actors, musicians and comedians who touch our souls and bring joy to our

Tickets for all announced shows and a limited amount of special VIP packages
for the BET Experience will go on sale on Monday, February 11, 2013 beginning
at 1 p.m./EST, 10 a.m./PST via and STAPLES Center
three-night packages start as low as $199. Single-night tickets are also
available.Special VIP packages will offer fans the ultimate "insider access"
with exclusive VIP tickets, hospitality and star-studded events. VIP packages
are the only way to purchase BET Awards tickets, available for the first time
for purchase. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to concerts, comedy shows and the BET Awards, the BET Experience
at L.A. LIVE will feature:

"106 & PARK" Stage: "106 & PARK," the number one music countdown show, brings
the livest audience to their exclusive stage in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE
throughout the weekend with free musical performances, new talent showcases
and celebrity appearances.

Music Matters Stage: This free outdoor stage will showcase up-and-coming
artists associated with the BET Music Matters initiative, which has introduced
BET Awards show-stopping, GRAMMY® winning, chart-topping new talent to the
world including Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius,  and  Luke James.

BET GRAMMY® Museum Exhibit: A special curated exhibit of past BET Awards
Lifetime Achievement Honorees will be staged at L.A. LIVE's GRAMMY® Museum
during the weekend.

BET Revealed Seminars: BET presents celebrity-filled seminars featuring real
talk on money, culture, entertainment, family, celebrity and relationships at
the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE.

BET Experience Film Fest: BET's first ever film fest will showcase a diversity
of films – studio releases, narratives, documentaries and shorts. Curated
with Urbanworld and taking place at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, this will be a
"people's film festival" with no cost to event attendees.

The Fan Fest: An interactive expo that invites guests to engage with their
favorite BET shows, talent and their favorite brands through exhibits,
demonstrations and giveaways. The Fan Fest includes a BET pavilion; a diverse
food experience with soul food and other regional cuisines; Wolfgang Puck
stations and a culinary stage; plus a community and exhibitor village.

After Parties: The hottest outdoor and late-night parties featuring great
DJ's, celebrity appearances and much more.

The official host hotels for the BET Experience are the JW Marriott and The
Ritz-Carlton at L.A. LIVE. The BET Experience will offer special rates to
consumers at more than 20 other hotels in the downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood
and Beverly Hills areas.

BET Experience partners include the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board,
JW Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, The City of
Los Angeles, The GRAMMY® Museum, and Urbanworld Film Festival.

All information about the BET Experience can be found at
Consumers can purchase tickets and sign up for the BET Experience newsletter
to receive updates and announcements before they are available to the public.
Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), 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 90 million households and can be seen in the
United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan
Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse
group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for
Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour
entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American
audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive
alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a
collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs
and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and
production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET
Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless
devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and
oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

About BET Awards

The BET AWARDS is one of the most watched award shows on cable television
according to the Nielsen Company. The BET AWARDS franchise remains as the #1
program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET's #1
telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists,
entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world.
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated
with a collection of companies including more than 100 of the world's
preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles), The Home Depot
Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center,
(Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland), Target Center (Minneapolis),
Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), O2
World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena
(Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World Arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and
entertainment district (London, England), which are all part of the portfolio
of AEG Facilities. Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot /
$2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district
featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE; Club Nokia; a 54-story, 1001-room
convention "headquarters" destination; along with entertainment, restaurant
and office space that officially opened in 2010.

AEG Live, the company's live-entertainment division, is the world's second
largest concert promotion and touring company, and is comprised of touring,
festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions with
fifteen regional offices. AEG Global Partnerships, a division responsible for
worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships naming rights and other
strategic partnerships. In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental
program with the announcement of 2020 environmental goals and the release of
the industry's first sustainability report. And in 2011, AEG introduced AXS
Ticketing, the first phase of its new entertainment platform serving as the
company's primary consumer brand, which also will feature a mobile service as
well as a video content service now in development. For additional
information, visit

About Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is a private, nonprofit business
association whose primary mission is to market and promote Los Angeles as the
premier site for leisure travel, meetings and conventions. Though not part of
City government, LA Tourism is recognized as the City's official tourism
marketing organization. For more information, visit the official visitor
information website of Los Angeles at, or go to Twitter @tourismLA.

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Contact: Marcy Polanco, BET, +1-212-975-4048,; Michael
Roth, AEG, +1-213-742-7155,
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