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2016 BET Awards - Show

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The 2016 BET Awards was super-Black, and we lived for every moment of it. In case you missed it, we have a recap of the highlights from the show.

1. Surprise! It’s Beyoncé!

There was chatter that Beyoncé would be appearing at the 2016 BET AWards. Many assumed that she would be doing that via satellite, but no–this time she was actually there! And she brought something fresh from the Formation World Tour.

Not only was Beyoncé there, she kicked off the whole show! You could feel the excitement swelling from the crowd (even from home) as people began to piece together that she was opening the BET Awards–and she was performing “Freedom”!

Then Kendrick Lamar popped up from the stage to add his amazing voice and rhymes to the mix. Simply put, it was life.

2016 BET Awards - Show

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2. Tracee and Anthony Pay Tribute To Hamilton

If you still can’t get a ticket to Hamilton, don’t feel bad. Hosts Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross brought a big of its flavor to the BET Awards. This time, though, instead of putting a hip-hop spin on history, they recapped the biggest hits of the year in the style of Hamilton.

A simple misunderstanding, however, meant that Anthony Hamilton stomped out on stage with a gun to perform bits and pieces of one of his songs while dressed up as a revolutionary general

2016 BET Awards - Show

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3. The Prince Tributes

According to Tracee Ellis Ross The 2016 BET Awards as a whole was about celebrating the legendary Prince. The show definitely lived up to that assessment.

With performances from Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Bilal and Sheila E just to name a few, there was no shortage of talent to honor his memory and his music. See, Billboard Awards, that’s how you do it!

2016 BET Awards - Show

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