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

26 June 2017, 12:32 | Shawn Tate

"Joy, joy, joy ... that's what I want you all to write about the show". "BET was the first network and place where I was on TV - I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming".

Mars, who is nominated for five BET Awards - including Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Video Director of the Year for "That's What I Like", Video of the Year for "24K Magic" and Album of the Year for 24K Magic - has been on tour for most the summer in support of his third studio album.

Viewers can expect to see performances from the likes of Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, French Montana, A$AP Rocky, Future, Migos and more. 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. Our outfit selections are at the ready and we assume BET is ready to kick off its biggest and best party, hosted by comedian Leslie Jones. The One Dance sensation also bagged seven nominations for 2017 Billboard Music Awards, won three Billboard awards and won an award for writing Drake's "One Dance".

Solange, Migos and Big Sean are also nominated for video of the year.

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The group is set to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and BET is sure to have something in store to delight fans.

Other strong competition Sunday include best female hip hop artist, where rivals Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma will go head-to-head.

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.



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