CelebrityXo will agree to say the least that the 2016 BET Awards was indeed a lit ceremony. Shade but no shade….let’s be honest the BET Awards had fallen off the lit wagon a long time ago until this year.
Airing from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, program hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson were back for their second hosting at this year’s 2016 awards.
*********Let’s recap a couple of our favorite moments**********
Beyoncé is that cousin that stopped coming to the family reunions because she started doing great for herself. We haven’t seen her at the BET awards since her freshman solo album but sooner or later you have to remember where you came from. Guess who opened up the show?
Kendrick Lamar came with the flows as always. WELCOME HOME BEYONCE
Next we were trying to figure out exactly what Future’s protégé was on. Desiigner was hype to the point we thought he had Dirty Sprite in his cup. Social media went wild with the photo captions during his performance that really made everyone tune in.
There were performances by Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu that reminded us what soul music was all about. The Prince tribute is what set it off for most of us as Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly teamed up for “Take Me With U.” That was cute but J-Hud came out wearing a white hooded mini dress with her powerful voice singing Purple Rain. It was identical to the white blazer Prince stunted in at the 2005 People’s Choice Awards.
Janelle Monae came through with a series of high energy medleys including “Kiss”, “Pop”, and ” I would Die for You” just to name a few but SHEILA E did not come to play with you!
As the night progress we also saw performances from Future, Young Thug, Usher, Bryson Tiller, French Montana, Remy Ma, and Fat Joe.
Humanitarian award winner left us with an inspirational message.
“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment, like oil, black gold – ghetto-izing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius, and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
In the words of Drake, “ALL SUMMER 16” ….. appears to be TOO LIT !