Chris Brown and R. Kelly were the first performers announced for the June 30 ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Comedian Chris Tucker is to serve as host of the star-studded event.
"This year's line-up of nominees and performers is reflective of the variety of fantastic talent that's rocking the world right now," Stephen G. Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials, said in a statement Tuesday. "We are especially excited as we move on up to the Nokia Theatre at LA Live. You know how we do. Big thangs shall indeed be poppin'. The BET Awards. Anything can happen... and most likely will."
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