'Saturday Night Live' star Leslie Jones to host 2017 BET Awards


Actress and comedian Leslie Jones will host the 2017 BET Awards, marking her first major awards show gig.

The ceremony will air live Sunday, June 25, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on BET.

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.

"I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year," Jones said Wednesday in a statement. "BET was the first network and place where I was on TV. I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming."

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2016 BET Awards Red Carpet Arrivals
Taraji P. Henson (Photo by Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Gabrielle Union (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Meagan Good (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
DJ Khaled  (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Naturi Naughton (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
 Mya  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
 Janelle Monae  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Tracee Ellis Ross a (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
 French Montana  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Bryshere Y. Gray  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Fantasia Barrino is wearing a spike earring and cross necklace (worn as a bracelet) by La Soula and a cuff bracelet by Tulah Jem.  

(Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)

Tisha Campbell-Martin  (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Jesse Williams (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
Samuel L. Jackson (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Tia Mowry  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
 Quvenzhane Wallis (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
MzVee  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
 Sophie Beem  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
 Karrueche Tran (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Yara Shahidi  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
 Loni Love  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Orlando Jones  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
 Nandi Mngoma  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Millen Magese  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
 Mara  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
 Danielle Mone Truitt (Photo by Maury Phillips/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Remy Ma (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Yvette Nicole Brown  and Marcus Scribner (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Jasmine Sanders (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LeToya Luckett  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
 Diamond Platnumz  (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Marcus Scribner (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Katlynn Simone (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
 Morris Chestnut (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Zulay Henao (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
 Eva Marcille  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
Anthony Anderson  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Jermaine Dupri (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
 Miles Brown (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
 2 Chainz  (Photo by Maury Phillips/BET/Getty Images for BET)
 Questlove  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
 Kristal Lyndriette, Ashley Williams, Shyann Roberts, Brienna DeVlugt and Gabby Carreiro of June's Diary (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
 Desiigner (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Regina Hall (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Samamat (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
Anthony Hamilton  (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Irv Gotti (L) and recording artist Ashley Martelle  (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Mayte Garcia (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Marsai Martin (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
 The Roots  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
 Fabolous  (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
MAJOR. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Actress Lela Loren attends the Make A Wish VIP Experience at the 2016 BET Awards on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Actor Rob Hardy (L) and Shaun Hardy attend the 2016 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Singer Anthony Brown attends the 2016 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Actress Tasha Smith attends the Make A Wish VIP Experience at the 2016 BET Awards on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Singer Tinashe attends the 2016 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Actor Keith Powers attends the Nissan red carpet during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/BET/Getty Images for BET)
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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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