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

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26 June, 2017

This year, the ceremony will be hosted by Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Trevor Noah and Yara Shahidi as trophy presenters.

(CNN) - The biggest stars in sports, film and music will descend on Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday to celebrate the accomplishments of African-American and other minority entertainers. Those who don't want to watch the award show on television have several options to choose from when it comes to viewing this year's ceremony.

Jones has had plenty of posts leading up to the awards show, including one where she appeared to be enjoying herself at a BET Award pre-party event on Wednesday night.

"I told y'all we would start our wonderful life together, that's why @BrunoMars and I are opening up the 2017 #BETAwards @BETAwards", she announced via Twitter.

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This is the second straight year Wizkid will be winning the award. Bruno Mars follows with five nominations.

Mars and Beyonce will also compete for album of the year, video director of the year and the viewer's choice award.

Beyonce, who reportedly had her twins earlier this month though she hasn't commented on the topic, is also nominated for best female R&B/pop artist, pitting her against her sister Solange, Mary J. Blige and Kehlani.

The BET website doesn't live stream the show, but it takes you backstage and on the red carpet. Other notable nominations include Chance the Rapper and Migos, who are also up for four nominations. New Edition will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Chance the Rapper will receive the Humanitarian Award presented by Walmart.


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