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2016 BET AWARDS highlights and results

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Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar perform "Freedom" on the 2016 BET Awards.

LOS ANGELES, CA  – On Sunday night, BET lived up to their promise “We Got You” and delivered a show filled with epic surprises and captivating moments.  BEYONCÉ shocked the packed house when she opened the show with KENDRICK LAMAR in a first-ever LIVE television performance of “Freedom.” The night continued with memorable performances including heartfelt high-energy tributes to the artistry, legend and soul that is PRINCE at the 16th annual BET Awards, which aired live from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
2016 “BET AWARDS” show highlights include:
Returning hosts ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS had the crowd in hysterics with their hilarious opening spoof of the Tony award-winning musical “Hamilton” infusing some of today’s hottest songs including “Panda,” “Cut It” and “Down in the DM.”
In one of the evening’s tributes to Prince, STEVIE WONDER sang alongside TORI KELLY to “Take Me With U.” The audience stayed on their feet as JENNIFER HUDSON came out directly following, blowing the crowd away with an emotional and breathtaking performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
Actor and civil rights activist JESSE WILLIAMS was presented this year’s Humanitarian Award by BET Chairman and CEO DEBRA LEE and gave a moving speech dedicating his award to “the real organizers all over the country.” He closed to a standing ovation as he reminded the audience that “Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
A perfect ending to an evening of celebratory tributes, SHEILA E. shut the house down with an electrifying performance, featuring a medley of Prince classics including “Erotic City,” “Let’s Work,” “U Got the Look,” “A Love Bizarre,” “Glamorous Life,” and “Baby I’m A Star.”
In addition to all of these unforgettable moments, the complete list of 2016 “BET AWARDS” winners is:
Best Female R&B / Pop Artist
Best Male R&B / Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller
Best Group     
Drake & Future
Best Collaboration
Rihanna Ft. Drake – Work
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year
Video Director of the Year
Director X
Best New Artist
Bryson Tiller
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Kirk Franklin
Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor
Michael B. Jordan
YoungStars Award
Amandla Stenberg
Best Movie
Straight Outta Compton
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year Award
Stephen Curry
Centric Award

Best International Act: Africa
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Best International Act: UK
BET Global Good Award Honoree:
Akon (Senegal)
Viewer’s Choice “Best International” Artist:
Falz (Nigeria)

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The 2016 “BET Awards” will premiere around the world on BET’s international network. It will air in the UK on Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00pm BST, in Africa on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00pm CAT, and in France on Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00pm CEST.
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment served as Executive Producer. Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming; Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials served as Executive Producers for BET Networks.