Usher, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz are among the first headliners announced for the 2016 BET Experience, the network and Anschutz Entertainment Group announced Tuesday morning.
For a second year in a row the festival — which is built around the network’s annual awards show — will be stretched across four days. It is set for June 23-26 at multiple venues at downtown’s L.A. Live.
The weekend of concerts, wellness seminars, celebrity panels and a free fan expo will once again begin with comedy headliners, with embattled comedian Katt Williams and Mike Epps headlining Staples Center.
Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz will close the weekend of shows at Staples Center when they perform from their recently released collaborative album, “ColleGrove.”
Late-night shows at the Novo (formerly Club Nokia) will be announced soon, as will details on the fan fest expo, set for June 25-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Before last year’s festival, BET and AEG renewed their deal to continue the multi-day festival through 2018.
The companies partnered in 2012 to transform BET’s annual awards show into a multi-day event that would serve as an alternative to the long-running and popular Essence Festival in Los Angeles. AEG and promoter Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live, helped curate a bill of top-tier R&B, soul and hip-hop artists.
Tickets go on sale April 1 at 10 a.m. through Axs. Single-day Staples Center show tickets start at $49.50, with three-day packages starting at $148.50. Novo ticket prices vary by artist.
VIP packages, which include a ticket to the awards show, range from $1,095 to $4,395. More information can be found on the festival’s website.
Here is the lineup so far:
Staples Center — 7:30 p.m.: Katt Williams and Mike Epps
Staples Center — 7:30 p.m.: Usher and Bryson Tiller
Staples Center — 7 p.m.: Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz present ColleGrove
Microsoft Theater — 5 p.m.: BET Awards
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