The 2016 BET Awards was LIT Sunday night in L.A.! The awards show started with an electrifying performance from none other than Beyonce herself! Singing “Freedom” from her new album Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance and even walked on water with Beyonce!
Other performances included the oh so hype Desiigner “Panda,” Alicia Keys with her remix rendition of “In Common,” Fat Joe, Remy Ma, and French Montana who sang “All The Way Up,” 2 time BET Award winner Bryson Tiller, Maxwell who sang “Lake by the Ocean,” Future who sang his new song “Wicked,” and Usher and Young Thug sang “No Limit.”
Let’s not forget to mention the phenomenal Prince tributes! Erykah Badu and The Roots performed “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker,” Bilal tore the stage down with “The Beautiful Ones,” Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly sang “Take Me With U,” Jennifer Hudson brought it home with a beautiful performance of “Purple Rain,” Maxwell did “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Janelle Monae performed “Delirious,” “Kiss,” “Post Life,” and “I Would Die 4 U” and Sheila E., Liv Warfield, Elisa Fiorillo, Jerome Benton, and Mayte Garcia (Prince’s ex-wife) tore down the house with performances of "Housequake," "Erotic City," "U Got the Look," "A Love Bizarre," "The Glamorous Life," "America," and "Baby I'm a Star."
- Bilal performing "The Beautiful Ones"
- Erykah Badu & The Roots perform "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker"
- Jennifer Hudson belts "Purple Rain" during Prince tribute
Winners included Beyonce for Video of the Year and Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award for Formation, Beyonce for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Drake & Future for Best Group, Bryson Tiller for Best New Artist, Taraji P. Henson for Best Actress, Bryson Tiller for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Drake for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Kirk Franklin for Best Gospel Artist, and Michael B. Jordan for Best Actor.
Honorary Awards included the Lifetime Achievement Award for actor Samuel L. Jackson and the Humanitarian Award for actor Jesse Williams who gave an outstanding speech on racism that emotionally moved the crowd and received a powerful response from social media.