Nigerian artistes dominate Africa at BET Awards

Posted June 26, 2017

Follow this space as I, The Root's Managing Editor Danielle Belton and Grapevine senior editor Yesha Callahan report on all the behind-the-scenes action as the live show unfolds at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CST in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater. Because the BET Awards will air tonight. Beyoncé and Bruno Mars top the list of most nominations this year, with seven and five nominations respectively, with Chance the Rapper, Solange and Migos each up for four awards themselves. Well, BET of course! 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.

The event, which is being hosted by Leslie Jones, will be live streamed on and it will also be available on YouTube. She will be joining the ranks of former hosts like Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, and Kevin Hart. Leslie Jones is one of the biggest faces in comedy and will be hosting the show.

"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. "I'm always writing material and putting it away and working on things".

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.

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The names of all the celebrities who will give away awards has already been decided. This Sunday is the 2017 BET awards, which celebrates a range of artists, actors, and athletes.