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Bruno Mars Set as Opener for 2017 BET Awards

Get ready for some 24K type of magic. When the BET Awards roll up into Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater this Sunday (June 25), Bruno Mars will open the proceedings. First-time host Leslie Jones tweeted the news.

In addition to Mars, the BET Awards will feature performances by DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Future, Migos, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Khalid and SZA. The evening will also include the presentation of special awards to New Edition (Lifetime Achievement) and Chance the Rapper (Humanitarian Award).

Beyoncé leads the nominee roster this year with seven nominations, followed by Mars with five nods and Solange, Chance the Rapper and Migos with four nominations each. The BET Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET on June 25.

Earlier this week comedian, Jones held court during a teleconference to talk about her upcoming debut as awards show host and what viewers can expect. Among the colorful sound bites she tossed out in response to various press queries:

Her state of mind right now: I’m super excited but I’m super nervous too because I just want to do a good job. I want to represent since they’ve given me the opportunity to do this. When BET reached out about this, I’m like really, me?

Feeling any extra pressure as one of the show’s few female hosts: No, not at all. Would you ask a male host that? 

How she’d sum up the awards show in three words: Homecoming, joy and funny. That’s the type of show that I want to bring. 

Who she’s excited to see: I can’t wait to see Xscape.

Should a Steve Harvey/La La Land Oscar gaffe occur: First, I will not be announcing any of the winners, so let’s hope I won’t be in that situation. Second, I would just make a joke right there. 

Her hosting style: I’m not a roaster; I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re being attacked. 

What else viewers can expect: Just get ready to seriously laugh. And not no pretend laugh. I’m actually going to make you laugh. You’re going to have a lot of fun. It will be one of those  show like  oh man, what’s she going to do next? And just be open to what happens. Joy, joy, joy … that’s what I want you all to write about the show. 

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