If you missed last night’s airing of the BET Awards now is a good time to head over to BET.com and catch it in its entirety. The politically charged show, hosted for a second time by Black-ish co-stars, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Hamilton was so full of memorable performances and monumental speeches the actual award presentation was nearly secondary.
Here are the top five greatest moments of the night.
Grey’s Anatomy star and activist, Jesse Williams gave an amazingly influential speech on equal rights, freedom and police brutality when accepting the humanitarian award for his work fighting alongside the Black Lives Matter movement.
Beyoncé surprised viewers by kicking off the show with a performance with Kendrick Lamar to her single “Freedom”. The anthem track, off her recently released Lemonade visual album, touches on issues of slavery and the Black Lives Matter movement.
BET delivered on its promise to give a worthy Prince tribute and then some with a star-studded array of performances which included Erykah Badu, Bilal, and The Roots, and Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, and Janelle Monae who did a four song medley that would make Prince himself proud.
Alicia Keys was a one woman band as she graced the stage to perform a laid back rendition of her single “In Common” from her upcoming album.
No Prince tribute would be complete without the inclusion of Jennifer Hudson’s soaring vocals. The actress and singer, who recently ended her run on Broadway’s The Color Purple gave an emotional and powerful performance of “Purple Rain” at the event.
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