BET NETWORKS RESPECTS THE QUEEN OF SOUL WITH MUSIC VIDEO MARATHON ACROSS FOUR CHANNELS
NEW YORK – August 16, 2018 – Today, BET Networks celebrates the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin across all platforms. BET preempted its originally scheduled programming today at Noon ET to pay tribute to the life of music icon Aretha Franklin with a marathon of the prolific artist’s videos across four channels on BET Soul, BET Jams, BET Hip Hop and BET Her. The Network will further honor the ‘Queen of soul’ at our upcoming Black Girls Rock! show airing in September.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Aretha’s passing this morning. As we reflect on Aretha’s legacy, we see a woman with extraordinary talents whose gospel and bluesy song delivery laid the groundwork for so many artists today. From ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ to ‘Think’ to her signature classic ‘Respect,’ Aretha Franklin was a musical phenomenon and an iconic figure in black culture.” Said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “Just four years ago, BET honored Aretha at BET Honors with the Musical Arts Award for her soaring contribution to our culture. She accepted graciously before bringing down the house with her heartfelt performance of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” in honor of Nelson Mandela. We will remember and miss her dearly.”
The network will also remember the legendary musician’s contributions to music, film, pop and black culture on its digital and social platforms using the hashtag #BETRemembersAretha. For more updates on this developing story, please visit http://www.bet.com
8/16 @ 12n – 2pm, 8pm – 10pm, and 4am – 6am
8/16 @ 2pm & 10pm
BET Hip Hop
8/16 @ 3pm & 11pm
8/17 - @ 9 am
8/20 - @ 9 am
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA)(NASDAQ:VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, France and South Korea. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.
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