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Leslie Jones Announced as Host of 2017 BET Awards

Leslie Jones, ‘SNL,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ star, will host the BET Awards 2017 on June 25th.

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The announcement was made on Wednesday (May 24). The comedian tells Peopleshe’s turning the awards show into a barbecue that everyone’s invited to and can gave a good time at.

“So, my goal for this show is to have a big ‘ol nice barbecue, family reunion feel. I just want everyone cracking up. I want everyone leaving that event going, ‘Wait, did they even give awards out? I was too busy laughing.’”

Jones, who broke out after playing herself on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment, is in her third year as an SNL castmember. Her film credits include the recent Ghostbusters reboot, Trainwreck, Chris Rock’s Top Five, the animated musical Sing and Masterminds.

The BET Awards are handed out in 19 categories, honoring best entertainers, artists and athletes. This year, Beyoncé continues her reign of the Lemonade era by receiving a total of seven nominations, including best collaboration with Kendrick Lamar for their song “Freedom,” video of the year, album of the year and best female R&B/pop artist. Following closely behind is Bruno Mars with five noms that include video of the year and album of the year. Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, Chance the Rapper and Migos each received four mentions.

This year’s ceremony will coincide with the BET Experience at L.A. Live from June 22-25. The four-day festival will be home to various music concerts playing at The Novo by Microsoft and Staples Center. In addition, a BET Fan Fest will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, featuring seminars, celebrity meet-and-greets, star basketball games and special appearances.

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