It has been announced that Bruno Mars will be bringing his 24K magic to the 2017 BET Awards and opening the show with a performance. The announcement is probably no surprise given that, with five nominations, he will be the most nominated artist in attendance.

(Though she has 7 nominations, Beyoncé’s new twins will most likely keep her away from this year’s ceremony)

However, the news that the pop/soul/funk singer would be opening the show did not sit well with one Twitter user. In a series of several tweets, @JennMJack accused Bruno of appropriating funk music and opined that the non-black singer shouldn’t open an awards show meant to celebrate black artists.

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These are just a few of her tweets. The entire thread (which is quite the read) can still be found on her page.

@JennMjack’s Bruno Mars criticisms did not go unnoticed or unchecked. In this “woke” state we’re all in right now, she probably thought many would be in agreement that Bruno was appropriating black music. But, she thought wrong!

Several people defended Bruno’s artistry and noted the non-black singer understands the history and roots of the music he produces and often shows appreciation to the ones who came before him.

One super fan had time today and practically went tweet-by-tweet explaining why @JennMJack was wrong.

@Hyperbruno gathered the “woke” hater quickly and made it clear she needed to put respeck on Bruno’s name.

But @Hyperbruno wasn’t the only one. Black Twitter was also not having any Bruno Mars slander on their timelines.

Bruno is of mixed heritage, including Filipino, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Asian, Hawaiian, and several others. Though he is not black, he does often credit black artists as the creators of the popular music we hear today.

In a January 2017 interview with Latina magazine, he said:

“When you say ‘black music,’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop, and Motown. Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland [Africa]. So, in my world, black music means everything. It’s what gives America its swag.”

Yeah, this definitely sounds like appreciation (not appropriation) to me.
Bruno Mars is extremely talented and his BET Awards will be fire. The 2017 BET Awards airs tonight (Jun. 25) at 8 p.m. on BET and other Viacom networks.

I’m sure even @JennMJack’s will be watching.

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