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

Online viewers can log in to the BET Awards Twitter page for a special backstage live stream at 8:30 pm ET along with updates of the night's big winners.

Beyonce, who dominated last year's show with multiple wins and a show-stopping performance, is up for seven honors. "BET was the first network and place where I was on TV - I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming".

Comedian Leslie Jones, known for her work on "Saturday Night Live" will be hosting the star-studded night.

(CNN) - The biggest stars in sports, film and music will descend on Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday to celebrate the accomplishments of African-American and other minority entertainers.

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Mars and Beyonce will also compete for album of the year, video director of the year and the viewer's choice award.

"Beyoncé's "Lemonade" will go up against Bruno Mars' "24K Magic", Chance the Rapper's" Coloring Book", Solange's "A Seat at the Table" and J. Cole's "4 Your Eyez Only".

Other strong competition Sunday include best female hip hop artist, where rivals Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma will go head-to-head.

The event, which is being hosted by Leslie Jones, will be live streamed on BET.com and it will also be available on YouTube. 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".

New Edition will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement prize at the big bash, while Chance the Rapper will be handed the Humanitarian Award.

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