The BET Awards honor the best in African American contribution to entertainment, which is exactly why Justin Bieber will be there. The pasty pint-sized Canadian will inject a little Bieb into things when he makes a special appearance at this year’s show.
The 17 year-old maestro of tween pop will be at the Black Entertainment Television Awards on June 26 along with singers like Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys and Jill Scott.
Of course, Bieber isn’t exactly a newbieb on the BET scene. Last year he received a nomination in the Best New Artist category after the runaway success of his album, My World 2.0.
Bieber has also confessed in the past that he has been heavily influenced by black music, most notably that of Michael Jackson. “He was so broad, everybody loved him, and that’s what my goal is – to basically make people happy, to inspire them, and to have everyone root for me,” Bieber said last year.
In general, Bieber says he doesn’t see music along color lines. It’s all good no matter what color you are….
“Music is music and I’m definitely influenced by Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men and people who were black artists – that’s what I like. But I like their voices and I like how they entertain – it’s not about what color they are.“
The BET Awards airs live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium at 8 p.m. EST on June 26.