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Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Maxwell, Sheila E. and the Roots were slated to perform at the 2016 BET Awards for a Prince tribute, now three more names have been added. Usher, Future and Bryson Tiller will also perform at the network’s annual awards ceremony, scheduled to air on June 26 at 8 p.m. EST. Confirmed presenters include Tinashe, the cast of BET’s New Edition biopic ( Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Algee Smith, Keith Powers and Woody McClain), the cast of the BET series “Music Moguls” (Damon Dash, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri, and Snoop Dogg), Kimberly Elise, Terrence J., Morris Chestnut, J.B. Smoove and more. Songstress Andra Day is using her single “Rise Up” as an anthem of unity in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando FL. While performing on the live music show “Austin City Limits”, the singer performed her hit single as a tribute to the victims. She also got the audience to be her back up choir in solidarity during the touching performance. Singer Marvin “Slim” Schandrick has returned to the charts with a new release titled “Refueled”. One fourth of the R&B group 112, this marks the singer’s first project in seven years. His debut album “Love’s Crazy” was well received and showed that he could evolve as an artist. The current release includes guest appearances by Rich Homie Quan on the hit single “Never Break Up” and  Bad Boy Records label mates Carl Thomas and Ma$e, along with producers Odds & Endsz, Tim Kelly, Bridgetown and Kevin Rockhill. With the reemergence of artists like Silk, Tweet and Johnny Gill and well received albums from artists like Tank, it looks like 2016 will be the year of a resurgence of the  kind of R&B fans enjoyed during the 90’s and 2000’s. Slim of 112 is definitely a part of that renaissance. “VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens” will include a tribute to the Queen Bee of rap, Lil Kim. She is set to join an all female list of previously announced honorees that include Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa featuring Spinderella and Missy Elliott. Brooklyn born and bred MC and fashion icon Lil Kim has made a dent in the male dominated world of hip hop by being the first female artist to earn three consecutive platinum albums “Hard Core”, “Notorious K.I.M.” and “La Bella Mafia.” Earlier this year, she returned to  the mixtape circuit with “Lil Kim Season”, which features her remixes of Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” and Designer’s “Panda” featuring Manio. She will also tour with Puff Daddy and the Bad Boy family during the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour in August. “VH1  Hip Hop Honors” will air on July 11 at 9 p.m. DJ Khaled earns his best Billboard chart debut with his collaboration with Drake “For Free” as it hits multiple Billboard charts including the top ten on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart and the top twenty on the  Billboard Hot 100. The track debuted on June 3 via Apple Beat’s 1 Radio, and lands at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, while it rest at No 6 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. The song is available as a stream on Apple Music’s streaming service and for sale on iTunes.