Get ready for the 2017 BET Awards

The main event will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, United States of America, and will be hosted by comedian Leslie Jones. Both pop stars are the top nominees at Sunday's show, where they will compete in four of the same categories, including video of the year.

The Nigerian musician who has over the years registered his displeasure at the awards show was however not present to pick up the award as is reliably informed that he was involved in another gig elsewhere.

Nicki Minaj who is a seven-time victor for best female hip hop artist will face off against Cardi B, Missy Elliott, Remy Ma and Young M.A.

His sophomore album, "Sounds from the Other Side" is slated to drop this year with impressive collaborations making the features list.

The dancers are part of the team that has been lined up to perform at this year's edition of the BET Awards. Bruno Mars follows with five nods including "Album of the Year, ' "Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, ' and "Video of the Year" for "24K Magic". Other notable nominations include Chance the Rapper and Migos, who are also up for four nominations.

The most epic showdown will come when the victor of the best male hip hop artist award is revealed.

Presenters include Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Trevor Noah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi.

"Make sure to let everybody know, I wanna promote joy for the show", the Saturday Night Live veteran said during a conference call Wednesday, according to USA Today.

Earlier this month BET Networks revealed iconic R&B group New Edition will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 "BET Awards".

  • Marlene Weaver