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

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BET Awards host Leslie Jones at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday.

An energetic Bruno Mars kicked off the 2017 BET Awards with a fun and funky performance on a night where he could win his first BET Award. Earlier this year he donated $1 million to Chicago public schools.

Three years ago she left prison, having served time in relation to an assault.

Thanking her family and son who gives her the courage to create art, I watched spellbound by a woman's journey to create freely.

Introducing Chance on the night, she said: "We are so incredibly proud of you, Chance". Remy also spit a few choice words in the form of a verse from her Nicki Minaj diss-track "shETHER". Minaj never officially responded to the song, and she wasn't at the BET Awards on Sunday.

The real group then hit to stage to sing "Can You Stand the Rain" and "Mr. Telephone Man".

A lifetime achievement tribute to New Edition came in a three-part performance with help from the actors from the BET biopic about the band. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year - the top prize but not televised - with their hits "24K Magic" and "Sorry". If the public took full view of the performance level as with the explosive opening of Bruno Mars on "Perm" (just below), the evening was also an opportunity to reward artists for their work. "Thank you for sticking with me".

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She added: "In addition to making some really awesome music, Chance has been taking that big bright spotlight that follows him around and shining it on our hometown of Chicago". However, as a surprise, he also got a video message from Michelle Obama, which we would take over a statue any day of the week. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance "since he was a baby rapper".

"This is wildly overwhelming", he said. "And with these passionate efforts, chance is showing young people that they matter". With a new album that was released this past April, she was a strong contender for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.

Mars, Migos and Solange are nominated for video of the year along with Beyonce and Big Sean. Other nominees include Elliott, Young Ma and Cardi B.

Other winners on the night included Beyonce for best female R&B/pop artist, Migos for best group and Stormzy who took home best worldwide act - Europe.

Hip-hop trio Migos won best group, the first televised award of the night.

Mary J. Blige: The Queen of Hip Hop Soul held court as only she could with a glorious and confident performance that confirmed that she's not wringing her hands over her recent divorce.

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