Bruno Mars, nominated for 5 honors, to open BET Awards

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Matt Sayles/ Invision/ AP Bruno Mars accepts the award for record of the year for Classy Funk at the 58th yearly Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles.

Sunday, June 25, 2017|6:06 a.m.

. The “B”in BET Awards could stand for Beyonce or Bruno Mars. Both pop stars are the top nominees at Sunday’s show, where they will contend in four of the very same categories, including video of the year. …

Both pop stars are the top candidates at Sunday’s program, where they will contend in four of the exact same classifications, including video of the year.

Beyonce, who controlled last year’s show with several wins and a show-stopping efficiency, is up for 7 honors. Mars, who will open the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, is chosen for five awards.

Beyonce’s “Sorry” and Mars’ “24K Magic” are nominated for video of the year in addition to Solange’s “Cranes In the Sky,” Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” and Huge Sean’s “Bounce Back.”

Mars and Beyonce will likewise compete for album of the year, video director of the year and the audience’s choice award.

Mars has been on an R&B experience with his newest album, “24K Magic,” which was inspired by ’90s R&B. The album’s second single, “That’s Exactly what I Like,” reached No. 1 on the R&B and pop charts, while “24K Magic” ended up being a Top 5 struck on both genre charts.

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter-producer is likewise chosen for finest male R&B/ pop artist, taking on Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Usher and Trey Songz.

Beyonce, who supposedly had her twins earlier this month though she hasn’t commented on the topic, is likewise chosen for finest female R&B/ pop artist, pitting her versus her sibling Solange, Mary J. Blige and Kehlani.

Other strong competition Sunday consist of best female hip hop artist, where rivals Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma will go head-to-head. Minaj has won the honor consecutively because 2010. Other candidates consist of Missy Elliott, Young Ma and Cardi B.

Nominees for finest male hip hop artist are Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Opportunity the Rapper, Future and Big Sean.

Comedian-actress Leslie Jones of “Saturday Night Live” will host the show, which is set to include performances by Blige, Brown, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Maxwell, New Edition, Future, Xscape, A$ AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Hair and El DeBarge.

Presenters consist of Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Trevor Noah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi. New Edition, who had success with their BET biopic this year, will receive the life time accomplishment award, while Chance the Rap artist will earn the humanitarian award.

The show will air reside on BET.

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