Anthony AndersonThe 2016 BET Awards lived up to expectations!  Hosts Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross returned for a second year and like most of the performances, they too were excellent.   Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar not only opened the show but set the stage for an evening sure to be remembered.  

The first time I heard “Freedom,” off the “Lemonade” album, I immediately thought it would be perfect for the BET Awards and boy was I right!  Their chemistry was simply amazing and in my opinion, the best performance of the night.

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Usher hasn’t been seen for a while which makes some of us forget how talented a singer/dancer he is.  His performance was phenomenal and I love the “No Limit” single featuring Young Thug.

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Another great performance came from none other than Alicia Keys!  Her new singer, “Common” took a while to grow on me but I absolutely love it and the way she showcased her talent during last night’s show.  She’s the real deal!

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The Prince Tribute was the most anticipated; of course, and I love how producers chose to mix several performances in throughout the show.  Some of my favorites were: Bilal, who brought down the house with “The Beautiful Ones,” Maxwell with, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and Jennifer Hudson who was clearly overcome with emotion on “Purple Rain!”

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Shelia E was awesome bringing out Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia and Jerome from The Time at the close of the show along with a medley of hits performed by Janelle Monae.  

Activist/Actor Jesse Williams gave an inspiring speech with a call to action saying, “We’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function in ours!”  And exclaimed, “We’re not interested in “conditional freedom.  We want the freedom we damn-well deserve.”

Singer Justin Timberlake came under fire for tweeting, “Inspired” after Jesse’s speech.

Everyone’s entitled to their opinion of course, but I simply don’t understand this mentality.  People of all races fought for the civil rights of Blacks in America and unless we’re planning to relocate to an all Black island; let’s continue to embrace those whom embrace us.  And no, that doesn’t make Timberlake perfect but he perfectly acknowledged the truth as we all heard it.

Overall, the 2016 BET Awards was phenomenal and continues to be my favorite award’s show, year-after-year.

Great job Stephen Hill.  You delivered!

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