Bruno Mars to open BET Awards

Bruno Mars, nominated for 5 honors, to open BET Awards
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26 June, 2017

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

Bruno Mars has won the BET Award for best male R&B pop artist - his first award from a network that he credits with catapulting him to stardom.

At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper has accepted the humanitarian award during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, winning over fans for both his musical talents and his philanthropic efforts. The 24K Magic singer will open the award show with a performance. In addition to his performance, the "That's What I Like" singer is nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award, Video Director of the Year, Video of the Year and Album of the Year.

Though most of the performances were upbeat, others charmed with slower songs: Tamar Braxton and Maxwell gave vocally impressive performances, and Mary J. Blige sang songs from "Strength of a Woman", her recent album that includes emotional tunes about her divorce.

Leslie Jones of "Saturday Night Live" will host the show, which is set to feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and DJ Khaled.

Solange held a moment of silence later on, and the show also honored some of the minorities who died at the hands of police officers, including Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner and others.

It was a big night at the awards ceremony for Mars - he kicked off the show with a high energy yet playful performance of his song "Perm".

Mars has been on an R&B adventure with his latest album, "24K Magic", which was inspired by '90s R&B.

Mars, Migos and Solange are nominated for video of the year along with Beyonce and Big Sean.

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During the show, Mary was nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and was also up for the Centric Award for her song "Thick of It". Minaj has won the honor consecutively since 2010.

The hip-hop trio Migos won the night's first honor - the best group award.

This year's show will air on Sunday live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. EST on BET. El DeBarge and Kamasi Washignton performed "Careless Whisper" in honor George Michael, who died a year ago on Christmas Day, while Janelle Monae collaborator Roman GianArthur excitedly sang "Johnny B. Goode" in tribute to Chuck Berry, who died in March.

Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures' Girls Trip (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Trevor Noah, Robin Thede, Cari Champion and Demetrius Shipp Jr. are all set to take the stage.

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


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