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

Posted June 26, 2017

"BET was the first network and place where I was on TV".

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

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 will not be announcing any of the winners, so let's hope I will not be in a situation" like Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty's La La Land/Moonlight mix-up", she said during the conference call. Check out who else is performing at #BETAwards '17: @therealmaryjblige, @asaprocky, @officialxscape, @sza, @maxwell, @thegr8khalid, @kamasiwashington, @laflare1017, @iameldebarge, and @frenchmontana! Coming in close on her heels is Mars with five nods in categories like Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Video Director of the Year, Video of the Year and Album of the Year, followed by Solange, who's nominated for four awards.

Who run the world, especially during award season? There will also be sibling rivalry in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category, which also includes Mary J. Blige, Kehlani and Rihanna.

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While the firefight was going on, the Pakistani posts resorted to heavy firing. This was the third time the Border Action Team had struck in Poonch this year.

Singer and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka and social activist Ilwad Elman would also awarded with International Global Good Star and Power Awards.

Online viewers can log in to the BET Awards Twitter page for a special backstage live stream at 8:30 pm ET along with updates of the night's big winners.

Handing out prizes at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles will be Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Trevor Noah, Robin Thede, Cari Champion and Demetrius Shipp Jr.