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Will Smith is back in the spotlight and ready to make waves with a major solo performance at the 2024 BET Awards.

This marks his first significant solo appearance since the infamous Oscar slap incident.

The highly anticipated event will air live on Sunday, June 30, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

Details about Will’s performance are being kept under wraps, but insiders hint that he is working on a new album.

This performance follows his surprise cameo with Colombian star J Balvin at the Coachella festival in April, where Will Smith wowed the crowd in full “Men in Black” costume during Balvin’s UFO-themed set.

“From his start as a rapper to ‘The Fresh Prince’ to being a box office king as one of the Bad Boys, Will Smith is truly a global icon, and we are honored to welcome him back to grace the BET Awards stage,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET.

“We look forward to Will adding to yet another defining night for the culture that is not to be missed.”

The BET Awards will once again be hosted by Taraji P. Henson, bringing her charisma and charm to the stage.

The event will also honor Grammy-winning singer Usher with the Lifetime Achievement BET Award, recognizing his significant contributions to the music industry.

The lineup of performers promises a night full of entertainment and star power.

Alongside Will Smith, viewers can expect performances from Ice Spice, Sexyy Red, Latto, Lauryn Hill & YG Marley, Tyla, GloRilla, Muni Long, Shaboozey, and Victoria Monét, with Tanner Adell performing on the BET Amplified stage.

The event will also feature appearances by Cardi B, Davido, Gunna, the Roots, Common, Queen Latifah, and the Jungle Brothers.

Drake leads the nominees with seven nods, making it a night of fierce competition and celebration.

Connie Orlando will oversee and executive produce the show for BET alongside Jamal Noisette, SVP of tentpoles & music community engagement.

The production company for the show is Jesse Collins Entertainment, with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay also serving as executive producers.

Smith’s return to the stage at the BET Awards is highly anticipated, and fans are eager to see what he has in store.

With his new music on the horizon and a track record of unforgettable performances, this year’s BET Awards are set to be a memorable event.

Tune in on June 30 to witness Will Smith’s exciting return and celebrate the best in music and entertainment.

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Source: Variety

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