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

The 49-year-old comedian is excited and nervous about hosting the show, "I've been going to a lot of clubs to get the jokes ready, a lot of research, mind preparation, just a lot of getting ready".

The 2017 "BET Awards" will air Tuesday 27 June at 9pm on BET - Sky 187 / Virgin 184 / Freesat 140. In April 2017, BET International launched The New Edition Story, a three-part miniseries that was also BET's first scripted music-focused program.

"Make sure to let everybody know, I wanna promote joy for the show", the Saturday Night Live veteran said during a conference call Wednesday, according to USA Today. The nominees for this year's awards were announced on May 15, 2017, and the two artists who are leading the nominations are Beyoncé Knowles with seven, and Bruno Mars with five. The network has two live streams planned for Sunday - a red carpet preshow starting at 6 p.m. and a ceremony stream starting at 8 p.m.

This is the second straight year Wizkid will be winning the award.

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

Nicki Minaj who is a seven-time victor for best female hip hop artist will face off against Cardi B, Missy Elliott, Remy Ma and Young M.A.

Basically, it's a must-watch if you're into seeing your favorite hip-hop artists perform live. Drake will go head to head with the likes of Future, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Chance the Rapper and Big Sean for a chance to take home the coveted trophy. This Sunday is the 2017 BET awards, which celebrates a range of artists, actors, and athletes. From her dominance on SNL to her big screen hits like Ghostbusters, Leslie Jones is more than prepared to host.

  • Kyle Peterson