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Tucker to emcee awards

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Chris Tucker will host this year’s BET Awards.

The network announced Tuesday that the comedian-actor will host the show June 30 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live.

Tucker is riding high off of his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook,” which starred Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

The BET Awards is part of three-day event the network is putting on that weekend dubbed “BET Experience at L.A. Live.” It kicks off June 28 with a Beyoncé concert. Other performers throughout the weekend include Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, The Jacksons and R. Kelly.

‘Tiffany’s’ to close

There’ll be no more breakfast on Broadway.

Producers of the latest stage adaptation of Truman Capote’s classic 1958 story “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” said Monday they will close the show after Sunday’s matinee.

It will have played 17 preview and 38 regular performances.

Starring Emilia Clarke of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as the doomed eccentric party girl Holly Golightly, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” opened to poor reviews and weak box office grosses.

Songwriter honor

Benny Blanco, who has co-written and co-produced hits such as Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” is getting a songwriting honor.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that the 25-year-old will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at its annual gala on June 13.

Blanco has been behind a slew of hits in the last few years, including Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Sean Bean is 54. Singer Maynard James Keenan is 49. Singer Liz Phair is 46. Actress Jennifer Garner is 41. Singer Victoria Beckham is 39. Actress Rooney Mara is 28.

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