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Some Unforgettable Moments From The 2016 BET Awards

Samuel L. Jackson, Debra Lee, Tracee Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, among other celebs made important political statements throughout the night by reminding the audience that our vote is our voice and the only way we can make a difference is if we use it.

Queen Bey and K. Dot set the tone for the show as they performed “Freedom” in what might as well have been a pool of holy water.

Actor and activist Jesse Williams received the Humanitarian Award and he delivered a searing speech that made us all raise our fists in solidarity.

Taraji gave a rundown of how fellas should conduct themselves at a Beyoncé concert when they’re with their  girlfriend. 

Hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson literally made us all LOL when they fused Desiigner’s “Panda” and O.T. Genasis’ “Cut It” into their own quirky but hilarious “Hamilton” remake for their opening act.

J. Hud was decked out in the perfect outfit as she gave a chill-inducing tribute that Prince would be proud of.

Bilal, who made a tribute to Prince alongside Erykah Badu and The Roots, put his all into his performance of Prince’s, “The Beautiful Ones.”

Laila Ali graced the stage during Muhammad Ali’s tribute and reminded us why her father was and will always be “The Greatest.”

Prince’s long time friend and drummer Sheila E. gave a performance to remember as she sang her rendition of “Housequake” and “Erotic City,”


This was definitely the best BET awards in a long time! There were many incredible moments during the show, but Jesse Williams speech was the most important part of it!

I appreciate BET and what they’re trying to do! I loved the whole thing from beginning to end! BET did a great job for all black people of America!

That’s the spirit, so keep it up!