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Lil Wayne and Drake Will Perform at BET Awards

Alicia Keys, Chris Brown and Jill Scott will also play live on the show

June 13, 2011 9:00 AM ET
Drake and Lil Wayne attend the 2011 NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Drake and Lil Wayne attend the 2011 NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles.
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Lil Wayne and Drake will join Chris Brown, Alicia Keys and Jill Scott as performers at BET Awards '11, which will air live on the cable network on Sunday, June 26th at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Lil Wayne, who is nominated for five awards including Best Collaboration, Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Video of the Year, is set to perform music from his upcoming album Tha Carter IV.

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The show, which will be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, will also present a Humanitarian Award to comedian Steve Harvey and a Lifetime Achievement Award to soul legend Patti LaBelle. Shining Stars, a special highlighting all of this year's nominees, premieres on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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