Los Angeles Times

Yes, BET got its groove back. Now it's time for the show to tell a different story

LOS ANGELES - The BET Awards and its branded festival, BETX, have often told contrasting stories.

Yes, both share BET's mission to celebrate the present and future of contemporary R&B and hip-hop. However, the network's weekend of festival offerings connected to its awards spectacle hasn't always translated seamlessly.

That's not to call either a failure. BETX attracts upward of 160,000 fans to L.A. Live each year and the BET Awards has been the top-rated cable award show for the past four years and

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