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D'Angelo to Perform at 2012 BET Awards

Marks his first U.S. televised performance in a dozen years

June 22, 2012 9:35 AM ET
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D'Angelo performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
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BET has announced that R&B singer D'Angelo will perform at the 2012 BET Awards, marking his first televised performance in a dozen years. After the success of his 2000 album Voodoo, D'Angelo stepped away from music, but the singer has been rejuvenated lately, performing at Bonnaroo's Superjam and lining up performances at the Essence Music Festival in early July and the Made in America event in September. Recently, Questlove revealed D'Angelo has recorded around 30 new tracks over the past few years, expressing hope that the singer will release a new album soon.

Usher, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and 2 Chainz are among the performers already announced for the BET Awards. The awards show will air on July 1st, with Kanye West leading the way with seven nominations.

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