We can’t get our weekday BET newscast back on the air, but we can get a full on awards show complete with red carpet, paparazzi, and celebs to boot.  Although I’m not sure that it’s going to get that much play outside of Black Media given the fact that it’s the same exact day that Paris Hilton is being released and we know what a frenzy that going to cause.  But nevertheless…

Tonight’s BET Awards 07’ Show will again be taped in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium across from USC.  I don’t think I’ll be around for it.  If all goes well, I will be at an election victory party for Congressional hopeful Laura Richardson.  But hey, this is Hollywood and anything can change.

But for those that want to know, BET will honor Diana Ross with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her four decade long, accomplished career in popular music and Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle will receive the BET Humanitarian Award for his efforts in Darfur and fundraising for the African AIDS epidemic.

Celebrities participating in BET Awards ’07 include: Beyonce‘, TI, 50 Cent, Diddy, Robin Thicke, Erykah Badu, Keyshia Cole, Rihanna, Ne-Yo w/Fabolous, Ciara, Nelly, Yolanda Adams, Kelly Rowland, Gladys Knight, Terrence Howard, Reggie Bush, Floyd Mayweather, Katt Williams, Vivica A. Foxx, D.L. Hughley, Queen Latifah, Big Boi, Al Sharpton, Alicia Keys, Jordin Sparks, Mario, Michael Clark Duncan, Chuck D, Nick Cannon, Anthony Anderson, Charlie Murphy, Henry Simmons and Tyler Perry.

Your favorite Phat Girl Mo’Nique will host.

You know the station, the time is 8 p.m. for my East Coasters, 7 p.m. Central Standard Time, and on the West Side of the country I think we see it around 8 p.m. as well.  And trust, if you miss the first airing, there will plenty of encores to follow.  And don’t forget the pre-shows..