The Latest: BET Awards kick off with ‘Black Panther’ salute

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2018 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The BET Awards kicked off on Sunday with a tribute to “The Black Panther,” during a performance of the song “Win” by Jay Rock featuring one of the stars of the Marvel film, Michael B. Jordan.

Host Jamie Foxx started the show by presenting Jordan with a stuffed panther toy and walked through the crowd greeting other artists like Childish Gambino and LL Cool J as Rock performed.

Foxx even persuaded Jordan to come up on stage to recite a line from the film.

DJ Khaled is the leading nominee with six at Sunday’s show.

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7:10 a.m.

Legendary singer Anita Baker will be honored at the 2018 BET Awards, which will be hosted by Jamie Foxx and feature performances by Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg and Migos.

DJ Khaled is the leading nominee with six at Sunday’s show, kicking off at 8 p.m. Eastern from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Baker, who dominated the R&B charts from the early ’80s to mid-90s with smooth songs like “Sweet Love” and “Giving You the Best That I Got,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. She has won eight Grammy Awards.

Drake and Cardi B, who is pregnant and will not attend the show, are both nominated twice for the top prize, video of the year.

Performers include Janelle Monae, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, H.E.R., Miguel, Ella Mae and Daniel Caesar.

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