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BET to Pay All-Day Tribute to Prince on the Anniversary of His Death

prince with arms openAnd all the fans of The Purple One say “Amen.”

Almost one year ago, the collective heartbeats of music lovers everywhere seemed to come to a stop when word got around that Prince Rogers Nelson, an icon among icons, had passed away. With the anniversary of his exit from the natural world fast approaching (April 21), BET has announced that the network will be remembering His Purple Badness in a special way: with an all-day tribute. 

An entire day of all-Prince, all-the-time programming will air on April 21 on  BET, BET Soul, BET Jams and Centric. The line-up will include the following:

— BET HONORS PRINCE:
Last year, the world lost the singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Prince Rogers Nelson. To remember and celebrate the artistic genius of this Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, as the 1-year anniversary of his passing approaches, the network will air a multiplatform slate of programming Friday, April 21.

— BET – 2016 BET AWARDS (RE-AIR)
HIGHLIGHT: an all-star tribute featuring Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Jennifer Hudson, The Roots, Prince’s long time friend Sheila E. and others influenced by his music.

— BET SOUL
Beginning at 6:00AM, 24 hours of Prince and Prince protégé videos and live performances

— BET JAMS
Prince-themed music videos will be airing at these hours: 9AM, 12PM, 5PM, 8PM, 1AM and 4AM ET

— CENTRIC
Prince-themed programming ALL morning from 4:00 – 10:00AM

 According to Shadow and Act, BET will also take to social media to pay tribute to the late legend in the following ways:

  • The BET and CENTRIC TV Logos will be purple on all social media platforms associated with BET.
  • The networks will live tweet all day with the Twitter hashtag #BETRemembersPrince starting on April 19.
  • A comical top 10 countdown of Prince’s shadiest moments entitled “The Shades of Prince,” accompanied by celebratory discussions about where they were and what they were doing when they learnt of Prince’s passing, his influence on their careers, and how his life impacted theirs, will round off the tribute fit for a king.

Us Prince fans would trade all of it for just one more live performance from him, but since we can’t have that, we’ll settle for a kick-ass tribute day. Well done, BET.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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