During Gay’s tenure at BET Networks attendance at BET Experience has increased 36% drawing in over 152,500 fans. “The four-day festival was filled with great music and comedy concerts,” he says. “We had electrifying performances from Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube, The Roots, Miguel, Erykah Badu and many more artists at Club Nokia and Microsoft Center each night.” Honored with NAMIC’s Next Generation Leader Award, Gay stays active with philanthropic work as a Trustee of the New York Urban League, The Jack and Jill Foundation, and other worthy organizations. He’s led several pro bono initiatives, including efforts for the Chicago Urban League.

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The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE drew its highest attendance for the three-year old festival, with 152,500 guests, a 36% increase from 2014. The four-day festival was filled with great music and comedy concerts.  We had electrifying performances from Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube, The Roots, Miguel, Erykah Badu and many more artists at Club Nokia and Microsoft Center each night. And the free BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center was a hit.  It featured seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets and interactive exhibits for the entire family. We are excited about the future and BET Networks and AEG announced that the partnership for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE has been extended for three years and will run through 2018.

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