The BET network promised that this year’s show would be one for the books, and the network delivered. With numerous performances, political statements, tributes and a lot of laughter, last night’s award show never failed to lose our attention. Missed the show? Don’t worry, we got you. Check out our highlights from the 2016 BET Awards below.
This year’s red carpet fashion ranged in all hues of the colour spectrum. While we loved Jessica White’s sheer, plum coloured number and Karreuche’s black button-up dress, Jidenna, Mya and Jacob Latimore’s looks take the cake for red carpet slayage.
Formation was definitely one of the bigger themes of the night. Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar surprised fans by opening the show with Beyonce’s song, “Freedom.” In Beyonce’s first award show performance of 2016, the pair take the Black Lives Matter campaign to a dynamic and chilling new level.
Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams was honoured with BET’s Humanitarian Award, specifically, for his work in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. With pride, determination and a vision, Williams delivered an inspirational speech on racism in today’s society that still has the Internet buzzing.
BET honoured the late music legend Prince with a number of tributes throughout the night. From Stevie Wonder to Tori Kelly, the musical geniuses of our generation lined up to commemorate their inspiration. Head over here to see all the performances.
Bryson Tiller proved to be a crowd favourite with his performance of “Exchange” and “Don’t.” He even managed to get Blackish star Marsai Martin on a whole ‘nother level. Tiller won his first award when he was awarded Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and his second when he was presented with Best New Artist.
Desiigner never fails to disappoint us with his dabbing and animated dance moves. The BET awards were no different as the new artist ran out into the crowd to interact with his fellow celebrity attendees.
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Though BET is an American network, Canada was still represented last night. Drake led the nominations with nine in total and though our favourite rapper wasn’t in attendance, the 6 God still managed to take home three awards: Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Group (for his work with Future) and Best Collaboration (for “Work”). Fellow Canadian nominee Director X won the award for Video Director Of The Year. Born and raised in Brampton, Director X has worked with Rihanna, Drake, Zayn and many other Hollywood A-listers.