*NEW YORK, NY – ‘Tis the season to be jolly with BET’s annual holiday special, A VERY BET CHRISTMAS, premiering Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 8 p.m.*

This one-hour primetime special will feature Christmas memories and musical performances by Robin Thicke, Kurtis Blow, Mindless Behavior, Monica, Lloyd, Kurtis Blow, Jacob Latimore and BET’s Music Matters artist, Elle Varner.

A VERY BET CHRISTMAS will also world premiere “When Christmas Comes,” Mariah Carey and John Legend’s latest holiday video.

Commemorate the spirit of Christmas with this must-see holiday special as viewers are treated to renditions of their favorite Christmas carols performed by some of today’s most popular artists. They will also get exclusive insight on some artists as they take us down memory lane, recalling their favorite memories from Christmases past.

BET is also treating viewers to additional holiday programs THE PERFECT GIFT, NOTARIZED 2011 and 106 & PARTY. In the BET exclusive premiere of THE PERFECT GIFT, featuring Ruben Studdard (American Idol Season 2 winner) and Golden Brooks (CW’s “Girlfriends”), holiday stress immediately turns into family anarchy when Sandra’s (Golden) parents stop by for an unannounced visit! During this time of department stores, card sending and gift wrapping, Michael (Ruben) must learn that the gift of love and understanding-which he alone can give-is the greatest one of all. Catch this heartwarming stage play on Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m.*

Bringing in 2012 with a bang, BET’s annual favorite NOTARIZED 2011 premieres Saturday, December 31 starting at 11 a.m.* BET will countdown the Top 100 music videos of the year with appearances from today’s hottest talent-Common, Melanie Fiona, DJ Khaled, Pooch Hall, Hosea Chanchez and many more-joining together to help bring viewers 12-consecutive hours of the year’s hottest videos of 2011. Immediately following NOTARIZED 2011, tune in to the hottest New Year’s Eve bash on television at 11 p.m.*, 106 & PARTY, as your favorite BET hosts Terrance and Rosci along with an array of celebrities look back on some of the year’s most memorable 106 & Park moments.

*All times are ET/PT.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), 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 reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks – BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip-Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.



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