Chris Tucker to host 2013 BET Awards

Posted at 5:44 PM, Apr 18, 2013

(CNN) — After co-starring in one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2012, “Silver Linings Playbook,” Chris Tucker is stepping into the spotlight solo.

The actor and comedian will host the 2013 BET Awards this June as the awards ceremony launches a three-day weekend event.

In a statement, Tucker said he’s “honored to be asked to host this year’s BET Awards,” and that he’s “looking forward to being part of a really great show.”

In addition to the BET Awards, the network is hosting the “BET Experience” from June 28 through June 30 at Los Angeles’ L.A. Live. The festival will include film screenings, comedy shows, seminars and concerts. That includes one from Beyoncé, who’ll help kick off the festivities with her June 28 performance as part of her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour.

The BET Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30 at 8 p.m. ET.