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Kevin Hart to host BET Awards

May 18, 2011 at 3:03 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has signed on as host of next month's BET Awards show in Los Angeles, the cable network said.

Chris Brown leads the field with six nominations, while Lil Wayne earned five, and Kanye West, Rihanna and Drake each garnered four nods.

The prize presentation is to be broadcast live on BET from the Shrine Auditorium June 26.

"When we asked folks who should host this year's BET Awards online, in the streets, among other celebs and throughout social media, one name came back to us loud and clear: Kevin Hart," Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials, said in a statement. "He is blue-flame right now and we are looking forward to working with him on the show. His energy, wit and the always fantastic performances will make for yet another must-see event -- and [Hart's rapper character] 'Chocolate Droppa' might even get a verse in the show."

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