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BET Awards: Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly, Erykah Badu to perform

A Prince tribute and performances from Alicia Keys, Usher, and more were previously announced

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The BET Awards are getting even more star-studded: Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly, Erykah Badu, and Bilal have been added to the lineup of performers, EW can exclusively reveal.

Previously announced performers include Sheila E., The Roots, and Janelle Monae — who are expected to pay tribute to Prince — plus Alicia Keys, Usher, Maxwell, Future, and Bryson Tiller.

Drake leads with nine nominations, while Beyoncé and Rihanna are tied in second place with five nods. It will also be a big night for Samuel L. Jackson, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jesse Williams, who has earned the the Humanitarian Award for his civil rights work.

The 16th annual celebration will be hosted by Black-ish costars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, who are emceeing the cable network’s show for the second year in a row. DJ Khaled, Gabrielle Union, Snoop Dogg, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri, and Nate Parker are slated to present.

The BET Awards air live from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.