Leslie Jones to Host 2017 BET Awards

Leslie Jones in 2016
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Leslie Jones arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' Ghostbusters at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.

Saturday Night Live mainstay Leslie Jones will be hosting the 2017 BET Awards, which will air live from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET, the network announced in a press release on Wednesday (May 24).

This will mark the comedian's first major award show gig, a role that has been filled by greats like Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Chris Tucker and Mo'Nique in the past. 

"I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year," Jones said in a statement. "BET was the first network and place where I was on TV - I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming." 

This year's BET Awards marks the network's 17th broadcast. Last year's highlights included a thrilling opener from Beyonce, who performed "Freedom" on a stage filled with water alongside Kendrick Lamar, as well as Snoop Dogg receiving the "I Am Hip Hop" award, and the show's annual cyphers. 

As previously announced, Beyonce and Bruno Mars lead the nominations list with seven and five nods, respectively. 


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