BET Experience 1On Friday, June 24, 2016, the GRAMMY Museum®, in partnership with BET International, will unveil the Sounds of Africa exhibit! This showcase will celebrate the unique diversity that lives in African music, and will spotlight winners and nominees of both the GRAMMY Awards® and the “BET Awards.” Located on the Museum’s third floor, this limited-time display is an extension of the 16th annual “BET Awards” and the 2016 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®.  This expression will amplify the celebration of African music artists as presented daily on BET International channels around the globe.

“At BET International, we look forward each year to recognizing and applauding the work of the best musical artists from the continent of Africa as a part of the annual BET Awards, and this year, we’re thrilled to collaborate with the GRAMMY Museum to take inter-continental music celebration to new heights with the Sounds of Africa exhibit,” said Ava Hall, Vice President, BET International Programming and Brand Advancement. “We are beyond excited about this tribute to legendary, traditional and contemporary African music artists, and could not have asked for a better partner.”

On display temporarily through fall 2016, the exhibit will feature handwritten lyrics, costumes and rare instruments from artists including:

  • GRAMMY winner Angélique Kidjo, from the West African nation of Benin
  • Singer/songwriter Salif Keita, from Djoliba, Mali
  • Nigerian singer/songwriter Sir Victor Uwaifo
  • Nigerian visual artist Laolu Sebanjo
  • Congolese rumba singer/songwriter and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau
  • Nigerian singer/songwriter and producer 2Face Idibia
  • Nigerian hip-hop artist and actor Ice Prince
  • And more!

The Fan Fest for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® is free for attendees and has fun activations and engaging activities for all ages at the Los Angeles Convention Center taking place on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2016. The BET Experience weekend includes several different opportunities for fans, including:

  • BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® featuring some of today’s hottest artists including Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, A$AP Ferg, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Katt Williams, Mike Epps, Metro Boomin, The Roots & Friends, Ty Dolla $ign, Kehlani and more.
  • Celebrity Basketball Game presented by Sprite® featuring Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon, Omarion, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign, The Game, Desiigner and “Black-ish” stars Miles Brown and Marsai Martin, alongside ESPN guest announcers Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, and many more.
  • BETX Main Stage sponsored by JG Wentworth featuring performances by international talent AKA, Desiigner, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, O.T. Genasis, Kevin Gates, Les Twins, Rae Sremmurd, Dreezy, Unlocking the Truth, Jay Watts, Tye Tribbett, Tasha Cobbs, Devon Franklin, and Tim Bowman Jr.
  • BETX Music Stage featuring performances by new artists Bibi Bourelly, BJ the Chicago Kid and Ro James.
  • The Coca-Cola Music Studio featuring performances by up-and-coming artists Kodie Shane, Jacquees, Chloe x Halle, Jovanie, Detroit Che and Candice Boyd.
  • The best in music, comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the FREE fan festival, “106 & PARK” tapings, seminars, celebrity appearances and more!

VIP Packages for the BET Experience weekend are now on-sale.  In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for the STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater.  The 1,000+ VIP Packages sold out in 2015, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted.  Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® are now on sale. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $49.50, while 3-day STAPLES Center concert ticket packages start at $148.50. Tickets will be available at http://www.axs.com/betexperience.

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In addition, BET Experience attendees can purchase discounted tickets to the GRAMMY Museum ($8) by showing their BET Experience wristband at the Museum Box Office from June 23–26, 2016.

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