NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 21, 2013 BET Networks will celebrate the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, with an Inaugural Ball. The black tie affair will include a guest list consisting of celebrities, influencers, policy makers, community leaders, media and politicos and will take place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. ET. In addition to the ball, BET Networks will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special programming on BET and CENTRIC on Monday, January 21 at 11 AM ET/ 8 AM PT when BET News airs "From King to President: America Celebrates" the 57th Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Hosted by GRAMMY nominated recording artist Wayne Brady, BET Networks' Inaugural Ball will include 3 areas of entertainment with live performances by Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh, Frederic Yonnet, MC Lyte and feature a special DJ set by Jermaine Dupri along with DJ Kiss, DJ D-Nice and DJ Quick Silva. Special guests to include Tatyana Ali, Angela Bassett, Hosea Chanchez, Morris Chestnut, Rosario Dawson, Estelle, America Ferrera, Gayle King, Kenya Moore, Q-Tip, Chris Tucker, Kerry Washington, Lynn Whitfield and Wilmer Valderrama.
The BET Networks Inaugural Gala presented by AT&T is sponsored by Marriott, Hennessy V.S., Perennial Sports & Marketing, Southern Company, Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo.
This event has limited availability and is by invitation only. To request more information, please go to www.THEBETGALA.com.
During and following the LIVE on-air BET News special, "From King to President: America Celebrates," http://www.bet.com/inauguration will continue the conversation with a small group of invited guests who will provide perspectives on the speech beyond political observations. Also, viewers can join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETObamaMLK and #Obama4more.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), 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.
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