Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Energetic Bruno Mars opens BET Awards; Migos win

The "No Problem" hitmaker was introduced by former First Lady Michelle Obama, who made a surprise appearance at the 2017 BET Awards and spoke of issues plaguing the country, including police violence, prison overcrowding, and public education challenged.

"I wanna thank the universe for allowing this moment right here and my wonderful family and friends who have uplifted me", the singer said onstage. "And showing me those images and letting me know that the sky's the limit".

Solange, Migos and Big Sean are also nominated for video of the year.

"Mary J. got that break up body".

The Best Group award went to the hip-hop trio, Migos, while Kendrick Lamar was named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.

Nine killed, 31 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia
Guatape fills with tourists on long weekends like this one, since Monday is a holiday in Colombia. Overnight the number of people missing was reduced to 15, down from twice the initial amount.

Sunday's BET Awards included a special performance by New Edition, who were being honored for their lifetime achievement.

"Thank you, BET, for this award and your tremendous support of Lemonade".

Mrs Obama, who said she had known him since he was "a wee baby rapper", praised Chance for his charitable contributions to their city of Chicago.

Remy Ma beat Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott to take home the honour of best female hip-hop artiste. Mars is also nominated for best male R&B/pop artist, going up against Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Usher and Trey Songz.

Mars and Beyonce will also compete for album of the year, video director of the year and the viewer's choice award.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in calls for North Korean Olympic participation
Pyongyang has so far rejected offers of humanitarian aid and request for a reunion of families separated by the division of Korea. Six South Koreans , of whom three are Christian pastors, and ae Canadian also also imprisoned in North Korea.

Mars said Sunday that BET aired the first award he won - a Soul Train honor for his single with B.o.B.

At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper has accepted the humanitarian award during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, winning over fans for both his musical talents and his philanthropic efforts.

Performers include Blige, Brown, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Maxwell, New Edition, Future, Xscape, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane and El DeBarge.

The rapper was also honoured with the best new artist prize at the awards ceremony.

Leslie Jones, a cast member of "Saturday Night Live", is hosting the BET Awards, which honor people of color for accomplishments in sports, music and other fields of entertainment. Chance the Rapper, and his mom, danced during the long set; as did Queen Latifah, Cardi B., "Stranger Things" actor Caleb McLaughlin and "black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi, who won the YoungStars award.

In UK, May faces growing tension over Northern Ireland's fate
Yesterday, Mrs May finalised her cabinet with the appointment of Michael Gove as Environment Secretary. Most of these issues are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly, " he said.

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