BET Awards Showed How to Do a Proper Prince Tribute; Full List of Winners

Sheila E. (center) performs onstage during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles.  
Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images for BET
Sheila E. (center) performs onstage during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images for BET

If there's one awards show out there that will have people glued to their TV screens, it's definitely the BET Awards. And Sunday's night show proved to be a spectacular one.


Starting the night off was a surprise opening performance by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar with the duo performing Beyoncé's "Freedom," all while dancing in a pool of water. Can you say cleanup in aisle 5? It was obvious that shortly after the performance, Beyoncé bounced to head to London, and her mother, Tina Knowles, accepted her award for Video of the Year and the fan-voted Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award.

But let's face it. The only reason so many eyes were on the BET Awards was because of its much-talked-about Prince tribute, and it was definitely worth watching.

Sheila E. appropriately closed the show with her tribute, which included "Let's Work," ''A Love Bizarre," ''The Glamorous Life" and "America." She was also joined onstage by Purple Rain actor Jerome Benton and Prince's ex-wife, Mayte Garcia.

Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly sang "Purple Rain," while a photo montage of Prince played in the background.


Janelle Monáe, who was mentored by Prince, performed "Kiss," ''Delirious" and "I Would Die 4 U."


Then there was Bilal's soulful performance of "The Beautiful Ones" as the Roots backed him. The Roots also backed Erykah Badu during her performance of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker."


All in all, the BET Awards not only provided entertainment, as it usually does, but also political commentary, by way of actors Jesse Williams and Taraji P. Henson.


Henson urged attendees to make the right choice when voting.

"I'm really not political, but it's serious out here, and for those who think that, you know, 'Oh he's not going to win'—think again. So we really need to pull together and turn this country around," she said.


Below is a full list of Sunday night's winners and nominees:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé (winner)
Andra Day
K. Michelle

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller (winner)
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best Group
Drake & Future (winner)
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Puff Daddy & the Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet


Best Collaboration
Rihanna ft. Drake—"Work" (winner)
Big Sean ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign—"Play No Games"
Big Sean ft. Kanye West & John Legend—"One Man Can Change the World"
Future ft. Drake—"Where Ya At"
Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce—"Feeling Myself"

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Drake (winner)
Fetty Wap
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar


Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj (winner)
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Remy Ma

Video of the Year
Beyoncé—"Formation" (winner)
Bryson Tiller—"Don't"
Drake—"Hotline Bling"
Kendrick Lamar—"Alright"
Rihanna ft. Drake—"Work"


Video Director of the Year
Director X (winner)
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley and the Little Homies
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Bryson Tiller (winner)
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Kirk Franklin (winner)
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs


Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson (winner)
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Michael B. Jordan (winner)
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
O'Shea Jackson Jr.


YoungStars Award
Amandla Stenberg (winner)
Quvenzhané Wallis
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Straight Outta Compton (winner)
Beasts of No Nation

Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams (winner)
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams


Sportsman of the Year
Stephen Curry (winner)
Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé—"Formation" (winner)
Bryson Tiller—"Don't"
Chris Brown—"Back to Sleep"
Drake—"Hotline Bling"
Future ft. Drake—"Where Ya At"
Rihanna ft. Drake—"Work"


Centric Award
Beyoncé—"Formation" (winner)
Andra Day—"Rise Up"
K. Michelle—"Not a Little Bit"
The Internet—"Under Control"

Best International Act: Africa
Wizkid (Nigeria) (winner)
AKA (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote D'Ivoire)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)


Best International Act: U.K.
Skepta (winner)
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Tinie Tempah