BET Awards Prince Tribute Video: Watch Medley Performances!
The 2016 BET Awards paid tribute to Prince on Sunday with a number of breathtaking performances. Watch below!
Almost as soon as Prince shockingly died in late April, fans began tweeting about their expectations for a tribute at this year’s ceremony. The anticipation only increased after May’s Billboard Music Awards, where some were underwhelmed by a tribute that was led by Madonna. Afterward, BET now-famously shaded the performance, telling its own followers, “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You.”
The network went on to line up Prince’s longtime collaborator Sheila E., as well as The Roots for its own tribute. D’Angelo and Janelle Monae also signed on earlier this month. And then just a few days ago, on Thursday, it was revealed Stevie Wonder would be participating as well. “BET Networks is keeping their word that ‘they got you,'” touted the press release.
Interestingly, both Wonder and Questlove of The Roots were also involved in the Billboard Music Awards tribute. Tonight’s show allowed them to have a do-over of sorts, though Questlove previously defended the BBMAs version. During rehearsals for BET’s take earlier this week, Sheila E. told “Entertainment Tonight,” “It’s about his legacy.”
She went on, “Those songs, he left them for us forever. They are forever embedded in all of us, and I think we’re going to have a wonderful time.” It certainly looked like a wonderful time on stage. In fact, there were four different segments in Prince’s honor to make it a celebration all night long.
The first tribute performance was introduced by Dave Chappelle, and featured The Roots with Erykah Badu and Bilal. The second was led by Wonder, who was joined by Tori Kelly. Jennifer Hudson then came out to sing “Purple Rain.”
Maxwell later sang “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Monae was the third full-fledged tribute, and that consisted of a medley of songs like “Kiss” and “Pop Life.” At the end, she revealed she was wearing chaps in a fashion nod to her idol.
Lastly, towards the end of the awards show, Sheila E sat behind the drums for “Housequake,” and then came front and center for “Erotic City” and “U Got The Look,” as well as “A Love Bizarre” and “The Glamorous Life.” Oddly, D’Angelo didn’t end up performing. Check out all the videos below!