BET Awards co-host Anthony Anderson teases best show in 'a loooonnnng time'

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With the 15th Annual BET Awards right around the corner, Anthony Anderson is fine tuning his singing, dancing and hosting skills.

Anderson will help steer the ship Sunday in Los Angeles, taking up hosting duties with "Black-ish" costar Tracee Ellis Ross. Asked his reaction when BET came calling, Anderson told TheWrap, "It's about time."

A native of Compton, California, the 44-year-old Anderson has been building up his Hollywood credentials for two decades. After appearing in a string of TV shows and films including "Barbershop," "Malibu's Most Wanted" and "Hustle & Flow," ABC's breakout comedy "Black-ish" boosted Anderson's star status, leading to the BET Awards gig.

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Come Sunday, the comic actor says he and Ross will bring a lot more than just laughs.

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BET Awards co-host Anthony Anderson teases best show in 'a loooonnnng time'
Carol Maraj, left, and Nicki Minaj arrive at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Nicki Minaj arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Anthony Anderson, left, and Tracee Ellis Ross arrive at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Karrueche Tran arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Actress/singer Christina Milian attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)
Nicki Minaj arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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"We gon' sing, we gon' dance, we gon' tell jokes. We gon' do all that! We will give you all your standard fare for any awards show," he said. "But there are some gems that we've added to the crown that people are gonna be pleasantly surprised to see shine."

Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown lead the BET Awards nominations, with six nods each, and both are set to perform. Among the other musicians slated to belt out their hits are Robin Thicke, Janelle Monae and Jason Derulo. Meanwhile, Janet Jackson is set to receive the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual honor. Smokey Robinson will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and radio legend Tom Joyner will receive the Humanitarian Award.

"This is gonna be the best BET Awards show that people have seen in a loooonnnng time," Anderson promised. "Some magic is just happening on this show and some things that are surprises that I can't even disclose. But trust and believe, there are going to be some magical moments in this show."

Although he cautions, don't expect this year's hosts to deliver punch lines at the expense of BET's celebrity guests.

"That's not really our thing. I've never really wanted to make fun of people ... We'll more so make fun of ourselves and be the butt of our own jokes before we'll make a joke about someone else."

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Last year's host, Chris Rock, brought the pain with quips about Chris Brown's recent jail stint and Paris Hilton's sudden interest in urban culture.

Rock also delivered a ton of the eyeballs. The show scored 7.9 million viewers, making it cable's most-watched awards fest of the season, and the second-highest rated BET Awards in history, trailing only 2009's show, which played out as a tribute to Michael Jackson.

When reminded that he's got big shoes to fill, Anderson said he's not concerned at all.

"I can't do anything about what happened in the past and what happened last year. All I'm in control of is what's happening now and in the present."

Still, he did recently take time to have a heart-to-heart with Rock.

"He gave me his support and we're just gonna rock out and do what we do. We're going to leave it all on the stage, and it's up to the public to accept what we do and embrace it."

The 15th Annual BET Awards air live Sunday, June 28 at 8pm ET on BET

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