The BET Awards (Black Entertainment Television) celebrates and rewards African Americans in areas of entertainment such as music, sports, acting and other kinds. The Awards evening took place last night in Los Angeles and was its 16th annual award show.

The BET Awards 2016 was hosted in the Microsoft Theatre in the Los Angeles last night and included performances from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. The show handed out awards for music, movies, sportsman and general entertainment.

The show kicked off with a performance by Beyoncé who sung ‘Freedom’, rapper Kendrick Lamar then joined her and together they performed a water dance.

There were several tributes to Prince throughout the show, including a performance of ‘Purple Rain’ by Jennifer Hudson (who wore purple eye makeup in tribute to her performance for Prince) as well as tributes from Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly and Bilal. Dave Chappelle was one of the artists to pay tribute to the music legend saying “We miss him dearly. But tonight BET Awards will celebrate the rich legacy of this remarkable genius that we are all so proud of.”

Many other singers such as French Montana, Alicia Keys, Bryson Tiller and Maxwell performed at the awards evening.

Some of the winners were:

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

Best Collaboration- Drake and RihannaWork

Best Group- Drake and Future

Humanitarian Award- Jesse Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award- Samuel L.Jackson

Some of the big themes of the evening were social and political activism. The evening is like a huge festivity, not simply an Award ceremony.

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Beyoncé won 5 awards but was not there to collect them so her mother collected them for her instead. Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles informed us that she had to leave after her performance to get on a private jet to fly to London for a concert. When Beyoncé won video of the year her mother made a speech saying “I want to thank, first of all, her husband and her daughter.” Beyoncé wore a fabulous sequined bodysuit to the evening and had her hair on cornrows.

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