Watch Bruno Mars Open the 2017 BET Awards

Hold up, wait a minute! Live from Microst Theater in Los Angeles, Bruno Mars opened the 2017 BET Awards with an electrifying performance “Perm.”

His thrilling opening number blended the 24K Magic standout with Big Boi’s “The Way You Move” instrumental, adding a splash razzle-dazzle to the mix.

Joined by the Hooligans, a Cortez-rocking Mars played the role a maestro. He directed the star-studded crowd, in between stellar dance moves and breakdowns. Chance the Rapper and Tamar Braxton were all smiles as they looked on from their seats.

At one point, Mars charismatically stopped his set and joked with the crowd, who was filming on their phones. “You can’t film and dance at the same time,” he said. “You know they’re filming it, right? You can watch it at home.”

Bruns is up for five BET Awards this evening, including Album the Year, Best Male R&B Pop Artist, Video the Year, Video Director the Year, and Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.