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

Between her comedic chops, a list of famous faces being honored, fashion trendsetters and musical talent, the 2017 BET awards will be must watch TV.

In addition to Bruno's performance, the BET Awards will feature performances from DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Future, Migos, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Lifetime Achievement Award recipients New Edition and many more.

Host Leslie Jones tweeted the big news on Friday (23Jun17).

This year's show will air on Sunday live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. EST on BET.

Not having access to a television during the award show will not prove to be a problem as viewers have the option of live streaming the ceremony at Bet.Com. "I want to represent since they've given me the opportunity to do this", she said. The 24-year-old rapper will join the likes of Jesse Williams, Al Sharpton, Muhammad Ali, John Legend and several others who have received the award in the past. Beyoncé's seven nominations include nods for best female R&B/pop artist (up against sister Solange), best collaboration (with Kendrick Lamar on "Freedom"), album of the year and video of the year. Bruno Mars follows with five nominations.

Beyonce's other bids for "Lemonade" are for Album of the Year, Video Director and Viewers Choice.

Nigerians were gutted when he did not win the Grammy award he was nominated this year but he has made it up to us because yesterday, Saturday June 25, BET officially announced him as the the 2017 "Best African International Act Award" recipient. Chance is also set to receive the Humanitarian Award. As well, a backstage live stream will take place on Twitter around 5:30 p.m. PST.

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