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RECAP: BET Awards 2016

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The BET Awards 2016 was broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles but in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights.

Beyonce made a splash when she kicked off the show with a surprise performance with Kendrick Lamar performing Freedom. She also won video of the year and the viewers’ choice award for Formation.

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The event may as well have been called ‘The Prince Tribute Show’ with breathtaking performances from Sheila E., Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson dedicated to the Purple One.

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Actor Jesse Williams received the humanitarian award for his efforts as an activist and gave one very powerful speech. He said, “If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do: sit down.” Well said Jesse, well said.

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Absolute legend, Samuel L. Jackson who received the lifetime achievement award later said that he hadn’t heard a speech like Williams’ since the 1960s.

Here’s a list of all of this year’s BET Awards winners.

Humanitarian Award: Jesse Williams
Lifetime Achievement Award: Samuel L. Jackson
Best Group: Drake and Future
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bryson Tiller
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Movie: Straight Outta Compton
Best New Artist: Bryson Tiller
Video of the Year: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Best Male Hip- Hop Artist: Drake
Best Female Hip Hop Aritst: Nicki Minaj
Best Collaboration: Rihanna ft. Drake, “Work”
Best Gospel: Kirk Franklin
Youngsters Award: Amandla Stenberg
Centric Award: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Video Director of the Year: Director X
Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Inspirational Award: Kirk Franklin
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams