Bruno Mars wins his 1st BET Award for R&B artist

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

Bruno Mars kicks off BET Awards

Host and comedian Leslie Jones, sporting a knee brace and pacing the stage while toweling herself off like an National Basketball Association player, brought her high energy, breathless delivery to the opening monologue.

BET Awards weekend is here.

Hip-hop trio Migos, who won best group, also won over the audience with its performances of the hits "Bad and Boujee", "T-Shirt" and "Congratulations", with Post Malone.

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Follow this space as I, The Root's Managing Editor Danielle Belton and Grapevine senior editor Yesha Callahan report on all the behind-the-scenes action as the live show unfolds at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CST in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater.

Before the 24-year-old rapper took the stage to accept the honor, he was introduced with a surprise video message from former First Lady Michelle Obama. "I was gonna tell those judges that we just need a conviction when you know these [bankers] are wrong for doing this".

Mars beat out Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Trey Songz and Usher for the award.

Mars and Beyonce will also compete for album of the year, video director of the year and the viewer's choice award. They will compete with Beyonce's "Sorry", Mars' "24K Magic", Solange's "Cranes In the Sky" and Big Sean's "Bounce Back".

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

Beyonce, who dominated last year's show with multiple wins and a show-stopping performance, is up for seven honors. Chance the Rapper, and his mom, danced during the long set; as did Queen Latifah, Cardi B., "Stranger Things" actor Caleb McLaughlin and "black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi, who won the YoungStars award.

BET Networks also revealed iconic R&B group New Edition will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award while multi-Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist and singer-songwriter, Chance the Rapper, will receive the evening's Humanitarian Award presented by Walmart.

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