BET Awards 2017: What to expect from the awards show
New Edition will receive the BET Awards Lifetime Achievement honor.
By CANDACE SMITH
June 25, 2017, 8:35 AM
• 3 min read
-- The 2017 BET Awards will be held Sunday at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater, with a ton of A-list talent to perform and present trophies, including Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Migos and Future.
One of the honorees, Johnny Gill, along with his New Edition bandmates, will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which he says he just can't believe.
"All the guys are truly excited that we've done this 34 years and to finally be acknowledged for the long history of work that we've been putting in ... No words can explain or describe this," he says. "This whole year has just been insane."
Insane sounds about right, as New Edition, who first burst onto the scene in 1983 with their debut album, "Candy Girl," are enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to the release of their super-successful BET biopic, "The New Edition Story."
Gill says of the biopic, "We were beyond surprised because we had a feeling it would do well. But we just didn't have an idea it would do what it did. Almost 30 million viewers. Unbelievable."
Hosting the BET Awards will be "Saturday Night Live" comedian Leslie Jones, who predicts the gala will be "crazy" and says she is "looking forward to seeing" and meeting New Edition herself.
"I'm looking forward to seeing all of the performers, actually, that they have on there," she says.
As for the nominees, Beyoncé has the most nods: seven in all. Bruno Mars has five, followed by Solange, Chance the Rapper and Migos, who each have four. In addition, Chance the Rapper will receive the Humanitarian Award.
Tune in to find out who wins at the BET Awards, live this Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.