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TBS signs O’Brien for 4 years


Team Coco will continue to play for TBS for four more years. The network says Conan O’Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018.

“Conan” premiered on TBS in November 2010. It airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m.

The announcement Wednesday comes with the late-night landscape in flux at rival networks. In recent months, Jimmy Fallon has taken over NBC’s “Tonight Show” from Jay Leno, while David Letterman has announced his retirement next year from CBS’ “Late Show,” with Stephen Colbert taking over.

BET nominations

Beyoncé and Jay Z lead in nominations at the BET Awards.

The network announced Wednesday that the married performers are nominated for five awards, along with Drake. Pharrell and rising performer August Alsina each have four nominations.

The BET Awards will air live June 29.

Beyoncé will compete twice for video of the year with the songs “Partition” and “Drunk in Love,” which features Jay Z. Her competition includes Pharrell’s “Happy,” Drake’s “Worst Behavior” and Chris Brown’s “Fine China.”

Ludacris to host

Rapper-actor Ludacris will host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

The show will air live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dick Clark Productions announced Wednesday.

Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lorde and Carrie Underwood will perform. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Watson graduating

“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson is graduating from Brown University.

The 24-year-old British actress is due to graduate this month from the Providence, Rhode Island, Ivy League university with a degree in English literature.

Watson started at Brown in 2009. Along the way, she spent time studying at England’s Oxford University and keeping up her film career.

A Brown spokesman says Watson is due to attend the graduation ceremony May 25.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 78. Singer Lenny Welch is 76. Singer K.T. Oslin is 72. Musician Brian Eno is 66. Actor Nicholas Hammond is 64. Musician Mike Oldfield is 61. Actor Lee Horsley is 59. Actor David Charvet is 42. Actor Russell Hornsby is 40. Actor David Krumholtz is 36. Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 33.