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Jennifer Hudson & More Among Artists Joining the BET Experience at L.A.

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Jennifer Hudson & More Among Artists Joining the BET Experience at L.A.

BET Networks makes its yearly return to Los Angeles for the City of Angels' biggest music festival, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, June 27 - 29, 2014. Teaming up with AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will feature three days of music and comedy concerts, "106 & PARK" tapings, BET Fan Fest, seminars, GRAMMY Museum exhibits, a signature food festival, various celebrity meet & greets and other special appearances.

STAPLES Center will be the home of three nights of concerts featuring the hottest and most popular artists performing today beginning Friday, June 27 when GRAMMY Award winning artists Maxwell and Jill Scott join Marsha Ambrosius to start the highly anticipated weekend with soul stirring performances. A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, K. Michele, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina are the first group of artists announced for STAPLES Center's stage for Saturday, June 28 plus a very special hip hop reunion you won't want to miss! Closing the weekend festivities on Sunday, June 29, will be the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, GRAMMY Award winning artist Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, GRAMMY Award winning artist Jennifer Hudson and Tamar Braxton. Ticket sales begin this Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1 p.m./EST via www.BETExperience.com and www.AXS.com

"We are proud to once again be working in partnership with BET to co-host the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO, AEG. "Combining the assets, the creativity and the experience of each of our brands to produce such an all-encompassing event as the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will once again create an incredibly memorable weekend. 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."

"The BET Experience was a major success with over 100,000 attendees and we are thrilled to return to the City of Los Angeles during "BET AWARDS" weekend," said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "This year we will again provide a weekend filled with music, entertainment, and culture and are excited to once again to partner with AEG to pull off another BET Experience."

Single day tickets and 3-day packages for the STAPLES Center concerts go on sale Friday, March 14, 2014. Single day STAPLES Center concert tickets are priced as low as $59.50, $99.50 and $149.50 while 3-day STAPLES Center Concert ticket packages are $199.00, $299.00 and $399.00.

Gold and Diamond VIP Packages: To have exclusive access to the best seats and roll like a true VIP throughout the weekend, a limited number of VIP Packages are available. Both the Gold and Diamond VIP Packages include the only public access to purchasing "BET Awards" tickets. Get the best of everything with the Diamond Package that includes hospitality throughout the weekend, a special "BET Awards" red carpet experience and much more! For information about ticket sales, VIP Packages, accommodations and the latest news about the BET Experience, visit www.BET.com/EXPERIENCE.

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

BET Experience Fan Fest: An interactive expo that invites guests to engage with their favorite BET shows, talent and brands through exhibits, demonstrations and giveaways. The fan fest is free to the public and features a BET and Centric Pavilions, a music stage, celebrity basketball game, beauty makeovers plus a signature food experience.

"106 & PARK" Stage: "106 & PARK" 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: Showcases emerging artists associated with the BET Music Matters initiative.

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

Genius Talks: BET presents celebrity-filled seminars featuring real talk on money, culture, entertainment, family, celebrity and relationships at the adjacent Los Angeles Convention Center.

After Parties: The hottest late-night VIP parties featuring great DJ's, celebrity appearances and much more at a variety of the most exclusive venues.

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

BET Experience at L.A. LIVE 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, and The GRAMMY Museum.

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

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (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: BET.com, 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.

About AEG

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), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), 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 / $3 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 addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, assets of AEG Sports include franchises such as the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo and the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race. 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, a comprehensive entertainment platform serving as the company's primary consumer brand, including AXS Ticketing, which provides fans the opportunity to purchase tickets directly from their favorite venues via a user-friendly ticketing interface, Examiner.com and the AXS TV network. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com.

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