The 2016 edition of The BET Awards has been one of the best shows in the history of the program. Hosted by Black-ish co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson the night celebrating black excellence across various entertainment and social mediums was equipped with must see performances from some of your favorite artists.
Billed for the evening were Bryson Tiller, Future, Desiigner, Alicia Keys and an amazing Tribute to Prince featuring some legendary names, however, it may be those who were unannounced to rock the core of the show. Check out which performances set Twitter ablaze on the following page.
Beyoncé Feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
In the weeks leading up to the BET Awards there wasn’t any mention of Beyoncé, but when the Red Carpet action was going on mentions of her presence created a buzz that was punctuated with the arrival of her dancers. To open the show Beyoncé took the stage to tease what people have been witnessing across the country on her Formation Tour and even brought Kendrick Lamar for a powerful performance.
The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bilal – Prince Tribute
Opening with the tag team of The Roots and Ms. Badu, this Prince Tribute seemed to be a set up or intro for those to come and then out poured the soul of Bilal who appeared to have the soul of the late singer radiating through his person while on stage.
Maxwell – “Lake By the Ocean” + Prince Tribute
You have Trap R&B, Pop-ish R&B and then you have pure grown man R&B, that is what Maxwell delivered during his time on the BET Awards stage. Sharp in a blue three piece suit Maxwell held his umbrella in the stage’s rain before providing a Prince tribute of his own with Nothing Compares 2 U.”
Janelle Monae – Prince Tribute
When she was announced everyone knew that Janelle Monae’s BET Awards tribute to the late Prince would be the one to keep an eye on. As expected, The Electric Lady delivered by showing off her cut out pants and more.
Sheila E. – Prince Tribute
When it comes to tributes, the most appropriate for Prince is his friend Sheila E. In a dazzling display that brought along some more of Prince’s old friends the legendary artists took on her signature drums and mastered a baseball slide across the stage.