LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BET AWARDS 12 will offer a unique experience to celebrities and artists participating in this year's show. In keeping with this year's theme, "Too Big To Miss," on Friday, June 29th from 10 am - 6 pm PST and Saturday, June 30th, from 11 am - 7 pm PST, BET Awards 12 will present the celebrity gifting suite -- a luxury lounge retreat for show performers, nominees and presenters who will be treated to jewelry, sportswear, electronics, apparel, and beauty products.
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Bowens Bergeron will be on-hand to showcase and gift their new line of hand-crafted, eco-friendly, limited edition handbags using the most exotic and stunning woods from around the globe (www.bowensbergeron.com), while Silvano (www.silvanoapparel.com) will treat celebrities to stylish wood watches and accessories in various colors and designs. Designer sunglasses company Marchon Sunglasses (www.marchon.com) will provide designer eyewear of multiple luxury brands and styles to celebrities to complete their red carpet look. Red Line & a_line Watches (www.redlinewatches.com) will gift a unique blend of contemporary and classic style timepieces.
On the apparel and shoes side, 46664 Fashion (www.46664fashion.com) luxury brand is new to the U.S and will make its debut at BET Awards 12. Built on Nelson Mandela's legacy -- 46664 was Mandela's prison number during his incarceration at Robbin Island -- this line is Africa's first aspirational global apparel brand to partner with 46664, a humanitarian organization helping people in need. Dope Couture, (www.dopecouture.com) a collection of men's fashion and jewelry, will be on hand to offer limited edition pieces that represent a luxurious and lavish lifestyle. The Korean fashion forward luxury sneaker brand iiJin (pronounced Yee-Jean) (www.iijin.com) will offer their hot new styles to celebrities and artists.
The celebrity gifting suite will also be connected with the hottest electronics and gadgets including Pure Gear (www.pure-gear.com) earphones, which feature a high-grade microphone for hands-free calls, an answer/end/ play/pause button, and a tangle-resistant triangle cord design. They also come equipped with a protective storage case and a pair of multiple custom fit ear bud cushions -- to provide the best listening experience possible. Trident Cases (www.TridentCase.com) are upgradable and adaptable protective iPhone and iPad cases that are available in up to 81 color combinations and includes a media stand that may be replaced with a variety of lifestyle accessories, such as a tripod or bike mount.
For beauty and hair products, Miss Jessie's (www.missjessies.com) will offer haircare products for natural and curly hair, while Hairfinity (www.hairfinity.om) will gift hair vitamins and skincare products to BET Awards 12 celebrities.
Paramount will provide copies of A Thousand Words DVD, a heartwarming comedy starring Eddie Murphy with deleted and extended scenes and an alternate ending. www.thousandwordsmovie.com
Rounding out the celebrity gifting suite is BET Awards 12's commitment to cause-related and public affairs issues. "VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT" T-Shirts will be given out to all talent and LIFEBEAT, MUSIC FIGHTS HIV/AIDS (www.lifebeat.org) will be on site to get celebrities to autograph customized LP's for an upcoming LIFEBEAT auction.
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Tune in and watch BET AWARDS 12 on Sunday, July 1st live from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m (ET/PT).
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About BET Awards
The BET AWARDS is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The BET AWARDS franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET's #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in 20 categories. Samuel L. Jackson will be hosting the BET Awards 12. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj will be the first performers on the show. The BET AWARDS 12 will premiere Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8:00PM BST across BET's international platforms in the UK and Africa. The nominees for the BET AWARDS include Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Usher, J.Cole, Big Sean, Wale, Mindless Behavior, Common, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Serena Williams, Kobe, Bryant, Venus Williams and many more!
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