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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ready for the #BETAwards2016 with tributes to Prince and Muhammad Ali

Tonight's BET Awards, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, are shaping up to be an exciting television event.

"Black-ish" co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will be back for a second time around as the program's hosts.

Drake leads the show's nominees with nine nods. Beyonce and Rihanna follow suit, having both scored five nominations each, while Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller and Future earned four nods apiece.

Stevie Wonder Added to Prince Tribute Lineup at BET Awards

Performers scheduled to appear include Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, D'Angelo and many others.

Also, look out for Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Sheila E, and Janelle Monae joining forces for a highly anticipated "Celebration of Prince" tribute to commemorate the death of the legendary music icon. There's also a tribute planned for Muhammad Ali, who died earlier this month.

Other show highlights include actor Samuel L. Jackson receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Hollywood, and "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams receiving the Humanitarian Award.

Scheduled presenters include Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, the cast of the forthcoming New Edition biopic movie, Taraji P. Henson, and others.

The 2016 BET Awards air live Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern. If you are watching from Nigeria it will be 1am Eastern but may be aired tomorrow on DSTV because of the time difference

With files from ABC news

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