Frequently Asked Questions About the 2016 BET Experience

General Information:

* All BET Experience events are at L.A. Convention Center or L.A. LIVE

* Lineups and schedules are subject to change 

* Everyone is subject to search upon entry

* The festival is for all ages

* Please scroll to the bottom of this page for ADA Information

General Questions: 

Q: What is the BET Experience?

A: BET is rolling out the red carpet in a big way during the BET Awards weekend. The BET Experience at L.A. Live will bring together thousands of music lovers for a four-day, jam-packed entertainment fest that will feature some of the world's best music performers. There will also be a FREE Fan Fest, featuring the BET and Centric pavilions, Celebrity Basketball Game, comedy, seminars and the hottest industry parties. It’s a weekend you don't want to miss.


Q: Will there be a place for me to get information and updates about BET Experience activities if I’m walking around L.A. Live?

A: Yes. You can get all information around BETX through the BETX ’16 app for iPhone or Android. There will also be information desks located throughout the BET Experience where you can get updates about daily events, including start times for our various free performances.


Q: How can I volunteer for the BET Experience?
A: Submissions for volunteers has ended. Click here to sign up for the BETX newsletter to learn when volunteer submissions become available for BET Experience 2017.


Q: Why should I buy a three-night STAPLES Center Concert Series package?

A: The three-day ticket bundle is the best way to ensure the best seats and best pricing for the STAPLES Center Concert series.

Q: Why should I buy a VIP package?

A: BET Experience limited-edition VIP packages are the only way to receive insider access around BET Awards weekend. The packages are the only way to purchase tickets to the BET Awards — the Super Bowl of Black entertainment. Diamond, Platinum and Gold Packages include the best seats at STAPLES Center shows. Diamond VIP packages also include a BET Awards Red Carpet experience, VIP entrance to all events, after-parties and much more!

Quantities are limited. For more info, click here.

Q: Do ticket packages come with hotel accommodations?

A: No, ticket and VIP packages do not include hotel rooms. However, you can book a hotel through BET and get the guaranteed lowest rates in the L.A. area by clicking here.

Q: How can I attend the BET Awards show?

A: The only way consumers can get tickets to the BET Awards is through the BET Experience VIP packages. Click Here to purchase a VIP package.

The BET Awards will air live Sunday, June 26, at 8p/9c p.m. PT from Microsoft Theater L.A. LIVE.

We’re giving away 2 premium tickets via the BETX '16 App Giveaway. To view the full list of prizing and giveaways, download the BETX ’16 App and tap the "All Prizes/Enter Now" button in the top right corner of the home screen. Winners will be contacted by phone.


Q: How will I be notified if I’ve won a BETX '16 App Giveaway?

You can check out the full giveaway and "winner" announcement schedule in the app by tapping the "All Prizes/Enter Now" button in the top right corner of the home screen. Winners will be contacted by phone.


Q: Can I perform or host at BETX or the BET Awards show?

A: No, all event programming is finalized at this point. However, we are looking to launch a "talent suggestion box" for next year’s event. Download the the BETX '16 app on your phone or sign up for the BETX newsletter for info about BETX '17.

Q: Who will be performing at the 2016 BET Awards show?

A: You can check out the full list of the 2016 BET Awards performers here.


Q: How do I get tickets for the 106 & Park Live show at BETX?

A: You can register to be part of the 106 & Park Live audience via the BETX’16 App. Go to the 'Schedule' section, pick the day you want to attend and tap the pink "Register" button.


Q: How do I register for the Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game?

A: Due to its popularity, free registration to the Celebrity Basketball Game is closed at this point. You can still attend by purchasing a VIP Package. VIP package holders are given priority entrance to the Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game and do not need to sign up to reserve a seat. Ticket instructions for VIP package holders will be provided when they check in to pick up their packages on-site.


Q:  Which Fan Fest events require registration?

The following Fan Fest events require registration: Celebrity Basketball Game (all seats are gone), 106 & Park Live shows, and ABFF Masterclasses/Screenings.


Q: Do I need tickets to see the Wild N Out show?

A: The MTV Wild N Out Live show is a free first-come, first-served based event. The show will run from 6-8pm on Saturday, June 25th in LACC West Hall, Exhibit Hall A. You’ll want to arrive early in order to secure your seat. 


Q: If I buy a ticket to one concert, does that entitle me to all concerts and events?

A: Tickets purchased are for specific concerts and shows. VIP packages and three-night STAPLES Center Concert Series packages provide access to multiple shows and events.

Q: If I don't buy a ticket are there still events that I can attend? 

A: Yes, Friday and Saturday of the BET Experience will include Fan Fest activities within the LACC and L.A. Live that anyone can attend.

Q: Why have the event in L.A.?

A: Perpetual sunshine, a Hollywood culture and some of the best dining, partying and shopping experiences in the nation, Los Angeles has long been home to the BET Awards. This large city is never short on fun or glamour and is the perfect destination for the BET Experience.

Q: Are wristbands required for the 2016 BET Experience?
A: Yes, but unlike the past you don't have to register to get a wristband to enter Fan Fest. This year we're giving wristbands to everyone upon entry into Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Q: Will transportation be provided from the airport to L.A. Live?

A: No, but there are plenty of options that you can find HERE to get to downtown L.A.!

Q: What airport should I fly into?

A: We recommend that you fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Q: What is the address for L.A. LIVE?

A: 800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Q: How can I travel from my hotel to L.A. LIVE?

A: There are various options depending on your location:

L.A. LIVE is accessible via public transportation, including frequent service by Metro Rail trains and Metro buses. Visit the L.A. Live Public Transportation page for more information. 

If you rent a car, L.A. LIVE has ample parking lots on the campus. Prices vary.

Taxi cabs are also another great transportation option.

Q: What else will be available to us on the L.A. Live campus?

A: If you need anything besides the BET Experience, L.A. LIVE also provides endless entertainment including fine dining and casual restaurants like Smashburger, Yard House, Flemmings and more.


Q: How can I stay current with any changes to the BET Experience?

A: Make sure to check our website, sign up for our Newsletter, and follow us on Twitter for any changes or updates to the events.

Q: Is the BET Experience accessible for people with disabilities?

A: L.A. LIVE is fully accessible for people with disabilities. Please see the following for specific venue information.

Staples Center

Microsoft Theater


Q: Where do VIP Package Holders pick up their information when they arrive?

A: Gold, Platinum and Diamond VIP Package holders should go to the VIP Lounge and Pick-Up area at STAPLES Center. The exact location will be messaged to VIP package holders prior to the event.

Q: How much is parking and where do I park?

A: We recommend using the South Hall Parking at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with a flat rate of $20. There are over 10,000 parking spaces located within a 10-minute walk of L.A. Live. Prices to the lots vary, but will be posted with rates at the entrances.

We encourage the use of the METRO bus and rail lines.

Q: What events are free that I can attend?

A: All events at the BET Experience are FREE, except for the concerts and shows at the STAPLES Center and The Novo, VIP Parties, the BET Awards and invite-only events. You can roam around to other events for free, or you can WIN tickets to the premium events by entering the BETX '16 App Giveaway program! Learn more about the BETX '16 App here.

Q: Can I hop between multiple Fan Fest events going on at the same time?

A: There are multiple events around the same time during Fan Fest and you are welcome to attend as many as you want. However, keep in mind that you may lose your place in line or the crowd when you leave.

Q: Are there any age-restricted events?

A: The BET Experience is for people of all ages and we welcome youth to the events. The concerts, Fan Fest events and all Stages are free to the youth to attend as well. However, the VIP after parties are for people over 21.

Q: Where can I find ADA information for all BET Experience venues?

A: You can find ADA information for all of our venues here:





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