By Zachary Swickey
It seems that after much talk and many a tease that R&B crooner D’Angelo is finally prepared to venture on a proper comeback. The star has just signed up for his first televised appearance in 12 years at this year’s BET Awards.
This year’s BET Awards will air at 8pm ET/PT on July 1. The show boasts many impressive performers from the hip-hop game, including Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music crew, Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Wale and 2 Chainz.
D’Angelo will make his stateside concert return on July 4 at the House of Blues off the iconic Sunset Strip in Hollywood. It will be his first U.S. concert in years and he’s already also booked the New Orleans’ Essence Music Festival for the following weekend. Jay-Z has also tapped D’Angelo for his much-anticipated “Made in America” event in Philadelphia in September, but those are the only three dates on D’s calendar for now.
Late last year, D’Angelo returned to the stage after a tumultuous few years for a brief European tour. The shows are all in anticipation of his first album in 12 years, reportedly being dubbed James River.
D’Angelo hopped onstage with Questlove for this year’s Bonnaroo “Superjam Session,” which was an unexpected surprise to all in attendance. GQ also recently profiled the singer in his first interview in 12 years, where he revealed his new affinity for playing guitar.