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BET Networks to Broadcast Live Commercial-Free Coverage of Musical Icon Aretha Franklin's Funeral Services On-Air and Online Friday, August 31 Beginning at 10 AM ET


BET, BET Her and BET Digital to Simulcast the Entire Funeral Service
Including Full Speeches and Performances


From "I Say A Little Prayer" to "Think" to her signature classic
"RESPECT," Aretha Franklin was a musical phenomenon and a transcendent
figure in American culture. As the nation mourns the passing of the
‘Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin, BET Networks will commemorate her life
and legacy by broadcasting Aretha Franklin's funeral service in its
entirety beginning Friday, August 31 at 10 AM ET on BET, BET Her and

BET's commercial-free, live coverage will be hosted by BET News
Correspondent Marc Lamont Hill from our Times Square studio in New York
City. Marc will be joined in studio by noted cultural and music critic
Emil Wilbekin who will provide additional commentary. The memorial
service held at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit is scheduled to
include speeches by former President Bill Clinton, former Attorney
General Eric Holder, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bishop T.D.
Jakes, Tyler Perry, Cicely Tyson, Clive Davis, Michael Eric Dyson and is
scheduled to feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Ron
Isley, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Smokey
Robinson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Ariana Grande,
The Clark Sisters, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Jennifer Holiday.

BET celebrated Aretha's incredible work at BET Honors 2014 and will
further honor the ‘Queen of Soul' at our upcoming Black Girls Rock!
Awards airing Sunday, September 9 at 8 PM ET/PT. Watch the ‘Queen of
Soul' perform a heartfelt rendition of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna
Come" to honor Mandela at the 2014 BET HONORS here:

Twice voted as the Number One Greatest Singer of All Time by Rolling
Magazine, Franklin is the recipient of the U.S.A.'s highest
civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as 18
competitive Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a
Grammy Living Legend honor. She was the youngest individual ever to
receive the coveted Kennedy Center Honor; the first female inductee into
the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; the second female inductee into the UK
Music Hall of Fame; and an inductee into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Aretha was the first woman and fourth artist in history to
achieve 100 R&B Billboard charted singles.

For up-to-the-minute details on Aretha Franklin's services including
video and editorial content, please visit and follow @BET &
@BETNews for the latest news and developments.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA)(NASDAQ:VIA), 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, 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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