Comedian Leslie Jones Announced as the Host of the 2017 BET Awards

Leslie Jones Hosting This Year’s BET Awards For The First Time

BET has revealed that comedian and actress Leslie Jones will serve as the host for this year’s BET Awards. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the iconic awards celebration.

Leslie is a popular comedian who is in her third year of appearing on Saturday Night Live. She’s also starred in Paul Feig’s reboot of “Ghostbusters”, with other film credits that include Chris Rock‘s “Top Five,” Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck”, the animated film “Sing”, and the upcoming film “Masterminds”. Other comedians who have held this position of hosting the BET Awards include Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart, and Chris Tucker.

She expressed that she’s very excited to host the awards this year. BET was actually the first network that she appeared on. Being at this year’s BET Awards is like a homecoming for her. It will be exciting to see what surprises she has in store. When Mo’Nique hosted she shocked everyone with a “big girls only” Beyoncé routine. That’s a hard act to follow-up.

Nominations for this year’s BET Awards have already been announced. 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. Bruno Mars follows with five nods including ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,’ and ‘Video of the Year’ for “24K Magic.”  Other nominees include Solange, nominated for four awards and who is up against sister Beyoncéfor ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chance the Rapper and Migos receive four nominations as well, Chance the Rapper nominated for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist’ and Migos for ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for their #1 hit “Bad and Boujee” with Lil Uzi Vert.

The first group of performers for the upcoming 2017 BET Awards have also been announced and the lineup is looking pretty dope so far. Migos and Future will be among those taking the stage to represent Hip-Hop. Bruno Mars, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton are among the other performers set to take the stage.

The 2017 “BET Awards” will air LIVE on Sunday, June 25 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET.


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