The 2016 BET Awards was nothing more but spectacular, soul rendering, dramatic and remarkable. Worthy of a standing ovation and recognition for not only attributing a few of the performances to the late musician Prince but also for the outstanding performances performed by a few of today’s popular artist such as Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae, Usher, Future, French Montana, Fat Joe, Remy Ma and so many others.
Sunday night’s BET Awards show began with a performance by none other than the Queen Bee herself, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, performing a rendition to one of her tracks “Freedom.” The 10th recorded song from Beyoncé’s platinum selling album, Lemonade. Following their performances, the shows two host for the night, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson did not disappoint. Attributing their opening act to the Broadway musical act, Hamilton.
Every performance casted the raw talent of each musician, but the tribute to Prince by Erykah Badu and soul band, The Roots, performing “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” and “The Beautiful Ones” was followed by other great tributes such as Stevie Wonder and Tory Kelly, performing “Take Me With You.” Jennifer Hudson performing the soundtrack of the 1980’s most recognized son “Purple Rain.” Janelle Monae with “I get Delirious, Kiss, Pop Life and I Would Die 4 U,” and lastly Sheila E., performing “Housequake” and “Bay I’m A Star.”
Yet the show could not have concluded without Jesse Williams powerful humanitarian speech. In which he talked about the unjust treatment of black people and the ongoing efforts that needs to continue to happen for things to change.
“Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you,” has been a trending topic on twitter since his powerful speech. If you missed it please watch it below.
Here’s the list of 2016 BET Award winners:
- Best Male R&B/Pop Artist — Bryson Tiller
- Best Female R&B/Pop Artist — Beyoncé
- Best Actor — Michael B. Jordan
- Best Actress — Taraji P. Henson
- Best Movie — “Straight Outta Compton”
- Best New Artist — Bryson Tiller
- Video of the Year — Beyoncé, “Formation”
- Best Male Hip-Hop Artist — Drake
- Best Female Hip-Hop Artist — Nicki Minaj
- Best Collaboration — Rihanna ft. Drake, “Work”
- Best Group — Drake and Future
- Best Gospel — Kirk Franklin
- Youngsters Award — Amandla Stenberg
- Centric Award — Beyoncé, “Formation”
- Video Director of the Year — Director X
- Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Inspirational Award — Kirk Franklin
- Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award — Beyoncé, “Formation”
- Sportsman of the Year — Stephen Curry
- Sportswoman of the Year — Serena Williams
- Best International Act Africa — Wizkid (Nigeria)
- Best International Act U.K. — Skepta
- Humanitarian Award — Jesse Williams
- Lifetime Achievement Award — Samuel L. Jackson
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