Bruno Mars, nominated for 5 honours, to open BET Awards

26 June, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Sam Montgomery

"I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year", she said in a statement.

The show which will be aired on BET (DStv Channel 129) and hosted by stand-up comedian Leslie Jones, will have stars such as Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Xscape and El Debarge along with some of hip hop's hottest talent including A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Swae Lee, Khalid and SZA and Kamasi Washington perform. "I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming". The singer, who just gave birth to twins last week, is on the top of the board with seven nominations. In April 2017, BET International launched The New Edition Story, a three-part miniseries that was also BET's first scripted music-focused program. And aside from tuning in for the actual awards ceremony, a special backstage live stream will take place on Twitter starting around 8:30 p.m. EST.

Awards season is a wonderful time of the year. New Edition will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Chance the Rapper will receive the Humanitarian Award presented by Walmart. Past winners include Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Prince among others.

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Look for a nod the major loss that hit the hip hop community this week, when legendary rapper Prodigy died during a stop in Las Vegas for a performance.

"Saturday Night Live!" star Leslie Jones, is slated to bring the big laughs as your hostesss with the mostess.

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