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He may be vertically challenged, but Philadelphia’s own Kevin Hart can rightfully say he’s a big man now.

Fresh off his two standup specials for Comedy Central – “I’m a Grown Little Man” and “Seriously Funny” – a role in “Little Fockers” and his standup tour, “Laugh at My Pain,” Hart has apparently hit the tipping point as he’s just been announced as the host for this year’s BET Awards.

“I’m excited to join a group of that caliber … As far as the people who did it before me, they were warm-ups,” he told BET.com. “They were good. I laughed. But they ain’t make nobody cry.”

The BET Awards will air Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. EST.

Chris Brown leads all nominees with six nods, and Alicia Keys is one of the performers. Click here for a full list of nominations.

“When we asked folks who should host this year’s BET Awards online, in the streets, among other celebs and throughout social media, one name came back to us loud and clear: Kevin Hart,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music programming and specials.

“He is blue flame right now, and we are looking forward to working with him on the show,” stated Hill. “His energy, wit and the always-fantastic performances will make for yet another must-see event — and the ‘Chocolate Droppa’ might even get a verse in the show.”

Hart also stars in the new film, “35 and Ticking,” which explores relationships among the 30-something set in Los Angeles, where four friends are dealing with various relationship challenges, including biological clocks, singlehood, married life and handling children. Starring along with Hart are Nicole Ari Parker, Tamala Jones and Keith Robinson, with special appearances by Meagan Good, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Dondre Whitfield and Clifton Powell.

Written and directed by multi-tasking radio host Russ Parr, “35 and Ticking” opens this Friday in Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

“As a filmmaker, it is very gratifying to have an idea in your head, and watch it unfold in front of the camera with a talented cast and crew,” Parr said of the film. “I’m really excited to see this project on the big screen, especially when so few black films are being made in Hollywood. It’s so important that the community support not only my film, but all the independent black filmmakers who are trying to tell great stories, which truly reflect our slice of life as African American people.”