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,”
To think of the Midwest as a whole as anything other than beautiful is to ignore the extraordinary power of the land. The lushness of the grass and trees in August, the roll of the hills (far less of the Midwest is flat than outsiders seem to imagine), the rich smell of soil, the evening sunlight over a field of wheat, or the crickets chirping at dusk on a residential street: All of it, it has always made me feel at peace. There is room to breathe, there is a realness of place. The seasons are extreme, but they pass and return, pass and return, and the world seems far steadier than it does from the vantage point of a coastal city. The Midwest is quietly lovely, not preening with the need to have its attributes remarked on. It is the place I am calmest and most myself.