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Ahead of the BET Awards, Warner Bros. Records hosts a Hollywood party

June 27, 2010 | 11:04 am

Ben J of New Boyz, DJ Felli Fel and Legacy of New Boyz at the Warner Bros. Records' Pre-BET Awards Party

Snoop Dogg was in Europe on his "Malice 'n' Wonderland" tour, so he couldn't attend Warner Bros. Records' Pre-BET Awards Party in Hollywood on Friday evening. That left wife Shante Broadus to face the rigors of partying by her lonesome.


But there is one thing that will keep Dogg down on the farm, and it's – you guessed it -- a reality show!

Broadus said the cameras kept Dogg coming home for dinner when they filmed "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood," the family's reality show on E!, in 2007 and 2008.

"For me, it was fun because it brought my family together," says Broadus, who also volunteers ...

Shantae Broadus at BET Awards pre-party thrown by Warner Bros. Records ... as a spokeswoman and board member for Lupus L.A. as well as her own I Am S.H.A.N.T.E. Foundation, which helps young women go to college and find jobs.

"My husband is gone a lot on the road. So for him to be home and all of us working together, that was a good thing. I enjoyed it."

Oh, yes. And there was that other thing.

"The money. We were making money. We're not sure what network, but we're looking to be on the air again."

Nickelodeon's Rachel Currence stopped by, looking glam in a sleek one-shoulder mini. Currence, who has played a mean girl on "Victorious" and "True Jackson, VP," said she was nothing of the sort in real life when she was growing up in San Diego.

"I was the victim," she said with a laugh. "Back in middle school, I was walking through the cafeteria at lunchtime, and one of the girls was like, in front of everybody, ‘Rachel, I love your pants! Where did you get those?' And I looked down at my pants, and my zipper is down, and everyone started laughing at me because she made it such a big deal."

Well, hurray for Hollywood. Isn't revenge sweet?

Later, BET Award nominee and Oscar winner Taraji P. Henson came by. So did singer Eric Benét; best male R&B artist nominee Raheem DeVaughn; BET Networks Chief Executive Debra Lee; rappers Flo Rida, Too $hort and Twista; Ludacris' manager, Chaka Zulu; LisaRaye McCoy from the CW sitcom "All of Us"; BET hosts Big Tigger, Rocsi and Terence J.; and Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle whose life inspired "The Blind Side." Model Rosa Acosta arrived with blogger Necole Bitchie.

But the party at Hollywood & Highland didn't really get going until close to midnight, when Lyfe Jennings, Kandi and BET best group nominee New Boyz took the stage. The New Boyz had even more to celebrate than their BET Award nod -- the label presented the band with plaques for its two double-platinum singles, "You're a Jerk" and "Tie Me Down" with Ray J.

The BET Awards will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Sunday.

-- Irene Lacher

Photos, from top: Ben J of New Boyz, left, DJ Felli Fel and Legacy of New Boyz at the Warner Bros. Records' Pre-BET Awards Party in Hollywood on June 25, 2010. Shante Broadus arrives at the party. Credit: Johnny Nunez