Beyoncé's performance at the BET Awards was absolutely electrifying

Speaking of The Roots, drummer Questlove had previously paid tribute to Prince at an awards show over the past couple months, saying of his musical idol at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, "All of us live in the land of music, and his departure from it was an natural disaster".

Janelle Monae performed a slew of Prince hits, including "Delirius", "Kiss", "Pop Life", and "I Would Die For You" all while decked out in white, Prince-inspired outfits. The 30-year-old artist made a decision to channel Prince's 1991 MTV Video Awards ensemble, where he wore a pair of butt-bearing trousers.

The tributes came from enter- tainers ranging from Erykah Badu and The Roots to Stevie Wonder, Dave Chapelle and Jennifer Hudson, who sang one of Prince's iconic hits, Purple Rain.

"Grey's Anatomy" actor Jesse Williams, who earned the humanitarian award for his efforts as an activist, gave a fiery, almost six-minute speech that brought the audience to its feet and earned a rousing applause.

With over three and a half hours of air time, the 2016 BET Awards could've easily been a snoozefest.

Because where do you go from the singer's mind-blowing surprise performance of "Freedom", taken from her explosive album Lemonade, at this year's BET awards?

The pressure had been on bosses at the BET Network to deliver an epic tribute to Prince after they had been involved in a social media spat with Madonna over her celebration of Prince's legacy at America's Billboard Music Awards last month (16). "We all need to take a stand against gun violence", she said. Joined by the inimitable Kendrick Lamar, Queen Bey took a flooded stage to once more bring spectacle and empowerment to the music world.

Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip-hop Artist.

In a surprise win, singer Bryson Tiller won best male R&B/pop artist, besting Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Tyrese and Jeremih.

"Thank God, thank my mommy, thank my granny".

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