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Bruno Mars to open BET Awards

The night will be dedicated to honoring African Americans and other minorities for their work in music, film, television, music and a variety of other achievements in the entertainment industry.

As announced by Jones on Friday, Bruno Mars is set to open the show.

Comedian-actress Leslie Jones of "Saturday Night Live" will host the show, which is set to feature performances by Blige, Brown, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Maxwell, New Edition, Future, Xscape, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane and El DeBarge.

Fans hoping to get a peek at some of the action going on backstage can check out Twitter starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday for a livestream capturing behind the scenes moments. She will be joining the ranks of former hosts like Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, and Kevin Hart.

The dancers are part of the team that has been lined up to perform at this year's edition of the BET Awards. "BET was the first network and place where I was on TV - I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming".

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

And Beyoncé dominates this year's nominations with a total of seven including "Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, ' "Best Collaboration" with Kendrick Lamar for "Freedom", "Video of the Year, ' and "Album of the Year" for Lemonade".

This year's show will air on Sunday live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. EST on BET. Following this year's Oscars Best Picture debacle, Jones said she's steeling herself for possible mistakes she might make onstage.



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