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Usher: Backstage at the 2012 BET Awards

Always a fan favorite, Usher was spotted at the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday evening (July 1).

The “There Goes My Baby” singer was busy roaming around the backstage area of the Shrine Auditorium ahead of the onset of the annual showcase.

Not only is the R&B hitmaker taking the stage to perform one of his latest songs, Usher will also be vying for the title of this year’s Best Male R&B Artist against other hopefuls such as Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Miguel and Trey Songz.

As for the ceremony, the 2012 BET Awards are being hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson while featuring performances from other stars including Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, 2 Chainz and Big Sean.

Other prestigious honors to be handed out will go to Al Sharpton for the Humanitarian Award and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly as the Life Achievement Award winner.

Of course, with the earlier passing of iconic singer Whitney Houston, the show will also be planning a remembrance delivered by her mother. Of this, BET Awards executive producer Stephen Hill described the honor to the Los Angeles Times, saying, “Our Whitney tribute is so right, it’s so classy.”

To check out all of the night’s excitement, catch the 2012 BET Awards when it airs live beginning at 8/7c.the 33 year-old

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