Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett Join BET Awards as Presenters

Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett
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Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett at Ricco Maresca Gallery on April 8, 2015 in New York City. 

Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett are among the newly announced presenters for the 16th annual BET Awards.

Rounding out that lineup: BET chairman/CEO Debra Lee, Spike Lee, Bobby Brown, Deon Cole (Angie Tribeca), Yara Shahidi (Black-ish), actor Wood Harris and actress/model Karrueche Tran. Previously announced presenters include DJ Khaled, Gabrielle Union, Snoop Dog, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri and actor/director Nate Parker.

Returning as hosts, Black-ish co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson will welcome performances by Usher, Future, Alicia Keys, Maxwell and Bryson Tiller. Among the evening’s highlights will be a tribute to Prince, featuring Sheila E., the Roots, D’Angelo and Janelle Monae. Actors Samuel L. Jackson and Jesse Williams will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Humanitarian Award, respectively.

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The BET Awards will air live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on June 26 (8 p.m. ET).