Beyonce “Freedom” BET Awards Video 2016: Watch Surprise Opening Performance With Kendrick Lamar!
Beyonce wasn’t one of the more than a dozen acts announced as a performer in the weeks leading up to the show. But when the red carpet kicked off outside the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, the superstar’s so-called “Formation dancers” were there. And yes, they were in formation.
Then Tia Mowry mentioned during her own red carpet interview that she heard there was a Beyonce surprise, prompting pre-show host Rocsi Diaz to cut her off. But the official BET Twitter account also hinted something was up, too. A short video featured the faces of a number of big stars, with the tease, “Even the hosts don’t know all the surprises we have in store.”
Beyonce last performed at the BET Awards in 2014, doing “Partition” with husband Jay Z, as Gossip Cop reported at the time. For tonight, she tied with Rihanna for the second-most nominations (five). And it was announced during the “Live, Red & Ready” special before the ceremony that she had won the Centric Award for “Formation.”
Beyonce will get back on the road later this week, heading to England to continue her “Formation World Tour.” But thanks to the BET Awards, all those who didn’t score tickets got to see what it’s like. Check out the video below!