With more than 3 1/2 hours of airtime, the 2016 BET Awards ceremony could’ve easily been a snoozefest Sunday night. Yet, the presentation at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was kept lively with plenty of show-stopping performances. Many artists not only covered their own hits but also honored Prince, who died of a fentanyl overdose in April. Relive some of the show’s best numbers below.
Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar: The BET Awards people know how to kick off a ceremony: Beyoncé made a surprise appearance with Kendrick Lamar. The two opened with their song “Freedom.”
Janelle Monáe: The “Tightrope” singer presented one of many tributes to Prince throughout the night. Her medley, including “I Would Die 4 U,” “Kiss” and “Pop Life,” had the whole audience on their feet.
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Alicia Keys: The singer proved she is a one-woman band with her performance of “In Common.”
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Sheila E.: Prince’s longtime collaborator thrilled the audience with her 8-minute medley of Prince songs. She fit in about 10 different tunes, including “Baby I’m a Star,” “Erotic City” and “Housequake.”
Jennifer Hudson: The Academy Award winner was another singer who honored Prince with a phenomenal rendition of “Purple Rain.”
Desiigner: The rapper brought plenty of energy to the stage with his performance of “Panda.”
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