27 June, 2017
Mars, who will open the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, is nominated for five awards.
Tamika Mallory, victor of the shine a light award, appears onstage at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Los Angeles.
In March, Ma released the diss track "Shether", which was hostile toward Minaj and earned praised from critics and rap fans.
Despite the bold proclamation on the 'Gram, it appears as though Minaj is still waiting for official confirmation of the award title. The R&B band performed a medley of their songs "Mr Telephone Man", "Can You Stand The Rain" and "If It Isn't Love".
The foursome sang the popular hits "Just Kickin' It", "Understanding" and "Who Can I Run To?".
Mars, who was nominated for four awards that night, kicked off the show with an energetic and fun performance of his song "Perm", with his band the Hooligans, all performing and singing in flawless synchronization.More news: UK's May cracks joke about election disaster
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At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper was honored as a humanitarian during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, with accolades from the Obamas to Kendrick Lamar. Michelle Obama honored Chance, who has raised $2 million dollars for Chicago Public Schools. "Since January, I've received 11 billboard entries, and yesterday with that ASCAP award, I became the most awarded female rapper in history, " she added. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance "since he was a baby rapper". "To tell everybody in this government that y'all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before you start making it legal for people to sell it and make capital off of it".
"Chance is showing our young people that they matter", she said. (Though Solange's "A Seat at the Table", which was also nominated, would have been just as deserving - if not as grandiose - a win.) Beyoncé's Lemonade track/video - and originator of the infamous Becky with the Good Hair - "Sorry" won the Viewers Choice Award.
The New Yorker ended her BET speech by saying, "Y'all b-tches got fat while we starved".
Winners in film and TV included "Hidden Figures" for Best Movie, Taraji P. Henson for Best Actress and Mahershala Ali for Best Actor. The hip-hop trio also won over the audience with its performances of the hits "Bad and Boujee", "T-Shirt" and "Congratulations", with Post Malone.
Leslie Jones of "Saturday Night Live" will host the show, which is set to feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and DJ Khaled. "Whoa", screamed Jamie Foxx, who presented an award after Blige's performance.