The BET Awards 2016 was completely lit this evening for the first time in ages. Everyone was dressed to the nines and celebrated other successful black entertainers. Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson killed the hosting with their jokes, singing, dancing, and their fashion. We were glad that Tracee graced the stage beautiful as ever.
Performers were very put together and exciting to watch. The last couple of years, we were all waiting for the great performances, but they just weren’t cutting it. Besides the corny presenter jokes, everything flowed in the show. The performances were as follows:
Fat Joe, Remy Ma, & French Montana- “All the Way Up”
Chloe and Halle
Bryson Tiller- “Don’t”
Usher- “No Limits”
The Winners for the evening:
Best Group- Drake & Future
Best Male R&B- Bryson Tiller
Best Actor- Michael B. Jordan
Best Actress- Taraji P. Henson
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
Best New Artist- Bryson Tiller
Video of the Year: Beyoncé
Best Males Hip Hop Artist- Drake
Humanitarian Award- Jesse Williams
Bobby Jones Gospel Award- Kirk Franklin
Lifetime Achievement Award: Samuel L. Jackson
The Muhammad Ali tribute was given by daughter Layla Ali which was light, beautiful, and just the right amount of time. She spoke of his demeanor, his pride, his power, and his grace as a figure who stood for something life altering. Rest in Peace to the legend known as Muhammad Ali.
Prince had tributes dedicated to him through the entire show with performances from Erykah Badu, Bilal, Tori Kelly and Stevie Wonder, J.Hud, Janelle Monae and Maxwell. Each performer provided their own flare to his music. The absolutely talented Sheila E hit the stage delivering everything we expected and more! She was gorgeous, slaying that damn drum, and giving us Prince authenticity.
Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET gave a dynamic speech about gun control legislation and giving credit where it due as being a voice in the African American community. Jesse Williams won the Humanitarian Award that he deserved. Good job BET. Jesse didn’t hesitate to speak his mind for those who were murdered throughout the year like Mike Brown and Sandra Bland. He was eloquent, ballsy, and bold.
There was entertainment, fashion, and dope music. There were laughs, tears, and honor to those due the achievements. BET Awards 2016 was a success.