Chris Tucker to host 2013 BET Awards


Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.

Chris Tucker will host this year's BET Awards.

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Actor Chris Tucker will host the 2013 BET Awards. (The Associated Press)

The network announced that the comedian-actor will host the show June 30 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live.

Tucker is riding high off of his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook,” which starred Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The 41-year-old is best known for starring in the “Rush Hour” film franchise opposite Jackie Chan.

He said in a statement that he's honored and “looking forward to being part of a really great show.”

The BET Awards is part of three-day event the network is putting on that weekend dubbed “BET Experience at L.A. Live.” It kicks off June 28 with a Beyonce concert. Other performers throughout the weekend include Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, The Jacksons and R. Kelly.

Meanwhile, he started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations.

Rappers Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are up for eight awards each.

Drake is nominated three times for the top prize, video of the year. His hit, “Started From the Bottom,” will compete with his collaborations with 2 Chainz (“No Lie”) and A$AP Rocky (“Problems”). The top award has 10 nominees, including Justin Timberlake's “Suit & Tie,” Kanye West's “Mercy,” “Adorn” by Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' “Thrift Shop.”

Chris Brown and R. Kelly will perform at the awards show.

‘Idol' winner

Candice Glover spent more time on season 12 of “American Idol” than she will on creating her debut album.

The 23-year-old, who won the Fox singing series after competing for four months, is set to release “Music Speaks” on July 16.

Past “Idol” champs released their debut albums in the fall after winning the contest in the spring, but Glover said she's ready to capitalize on the insta-fame “Idol” has given her.

“I've built a fan base being on this show, and my fan base is interested in me now and they won't see me every Wednesday and Thursday anymore to admire my singing, so I think it's a good thing it's coming out this summer,” she said in an interview.

“It's crazy that I'm even talking about an album because last year I was working at a resort,” she added, laughing.

“Music Speaks” was available on pre-order the day after she won the “Idol” crown, beating out country singer Kree Harrison. Glover's debut single, the inspirational pop ballad, “I Am Beautiful,” sold 48,000 tracks in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The St. Helena Island, S.C., native, who auditioned but didn't make the cut in seasons nine and 11, said the “Idol” experience has made her more confident.

She said taking risks on the show — like performing Paula Abdul's “Straight Up” and Drake's “Find Your Love” — is helping her find her true voice.

“(From) day one I was still in the mind-set of pleasing people. In season 11, I was all about pleasing people. ... This year I took more chances because I didn't care anymore,” she said. “I didn't always have that confidence. I was insecure about how I looked and people would tell me all the time, ‘You don't look the part.' And this year I kind of stopped caring about that and just did me.”

“My album will most likely be R&B, soul and a little bit of jazz, almost like a Jazmine Sullivan vibe because I love her. She's my favorite singer of all time,” Glover said of the Grammy-nominated songstress whose R&B hits include “Need U Bad” and “Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles).”

Glover, who is also influenced by Christina Aguilera, said she wants her album to be full of positive messages, much like her first single.

“I was in school for psychology because I wanted to counsel teenage girls that had those insecurity problems, and I'm glad my music has that connection with people because that's really what I wanted to do whether I was singing or not,” she said.

The top 11 contestants on “Idol” will kick off a 40-show concert tour June 29 in St. Louis, Miss.

Aretha on vacation

Aretha Franklin is taking off the month of June.

A spokesman for the 71-year-old singer says Franklin will reschedule two shows and resume her touring schedule in July.

Publicist David Brokaw provided no other details.

Franklin announced earlier last month that she would cancel scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut to undergo medical treatment. She did not specify what type of treatment she was receiving.

Franklin appeared on the season finale of “American Idol” via satellite, singing a medley of her hits with the show's female finalists.

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