BET Awards ’13: Debra Lee’s 7th Annual Private Party

We didn’t get an invitation to BET Networks Chairman/CEO Debra L. Lee’s invitation only social event of the year but we wish we had. The sexy, pre-BET Awards event is in its seventh year and this time around it is being described an “opulent” and “avant-garde.” This is likely the result of this year’s event being designed by André Wells and co-produced by BobetteGillette. Hip-Hop artist Nelly will co-host the dinner event and the expected guest list reads like a who’s who of music industry heavyweights. Confirmed guests include such notables as:

Michelle Williams
LaToya Luckett
Nicki Minaj
Jermaine Jackson
Lil Wayne
Busta Rhymes
Angela Simmons
Bow Wow
DJ Khaled
Elle Varner
Jay Ellis
Jordin Sparks
Kirk Franklin
Lisa Leslie
Loretta Devine
MC Lyte
Richard Roundtree
Ron Isley
Shanola Hampton
Tatyana Ali
Tika Sumpter
Sheila E.
Lauren London
Lala Anthony
Trey Songz

Established in 2001, the BET AWARDS continues to be one of the most watched awards shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company reaching an average of 7.5 million viewers annually. The franchise remains the #1 program in cable television history among African-Americans. Each year, the BET AWARDS recognizes the distinguished achievements of artists, entertainers and athletes in a number of diverse categories, including film, music and sports.


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