BET Awards 2016

The 16th BET Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 26, 2016. The ceremony celebrated mass achievements in black entertainment and honored music, sports, television, and motion pictures released between April 1, 2015 and March 30, 2016. The nominees were announced on Friday, May 20, 2016, with Drake leading the pack with 9 nominations, while Beyoncé and Rihanna both followed behind with 6. Beyoncé ended up winning the most awards with 5, including Video of the Year.

16th BET Awards
DateJune 26, 2016
LocationMicrosoft Theater
Los Angeles, California
Presented byBlack Entertainment Television
Hosted byAnthony Anderson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Most awardsBeyoncé (5)
Most nominationsDrake (9)
Television/radio coverage

Beyoncé opened the show with a performance of "Freedom" with Kendrick Lamar. The act featured the 50+ foot long pool that is included in her set during The Formation World Tour, where she and her backup dancers perform the choreography barefoot. Another highlight from the show was the speech from actor and activist Jesse Williams, who spoke on topics such as racism and police brutality during his acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award. However, the most anticipated moments of the night were the multiple tributes to Prince, who died in April 2016. Seven different performances paying homage to him were spread throughout the evening.

The awards ceremony was broadcast for the first time as a simulcast across 12 Viacom Media Networks properties. Outside of BET Networks operated channels BET & Centric, the show aired on the music based platforms of MTV & MTV2 and VH1 & VH1 Classic, Nickelodeon (first hour), Nick at Nite (final two hours), and TeenNick as well as general entertainment platforms of Comedy Central, Logo and Spike.[2]


Artist(s) Song(s)
Kendrick Lamar
Bibi Bourelly "Riot"
Desiigner "Panda"
Erykah Badu
The Roots
"The Ballad of Dorothy Parker"
"The Beautiful Ones"
(Tribute to Prince)
Fat Joe
Remy Ma
French Montana
"All The Way Up"
Alicia Keys "In Common"
Stevie Wonder
Jennifer Hudson
Tori Kelly
"Take Me With U"
"Purple Rain"
(Tribute to Prince)
Chloe x Halle "Drop"
Bryson Tiller "Exchange
Maxwell "Lake by the Ocean"
"Nothing Compares 2 U""
(Tribute to Prince)
Future "Wicked"
Anderson Paak "Come Down"
Janelle Monáe "Delirious"
"Pop Life"
"I Would Die 4 U"
(Tribute to Prince)
Young Thug
"No Limit"
Sheila E. with:
Lynn Mabry
Liv Warfield
Elisa Fiorillo
Jerome Benton
Mayte Garcia
Finale Medley:
"Erotic City"
"U Got the Look"
"A Love Bizarre"
"The Glamorous Life"
"Baby I'm a Star"
(Tribute to Prince)

Nominations and WinnersEdit

The following is a list of winners and nominees. The nominations were announced on May 20, 2016.[3][4]

Video of the Year Video Director of the Year
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award Centric Award
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Group Best Collaboration
Best New Artist Best Gospel Artist
Best Actress Best Actor
YoungStars Award Best Movie
Sportswoman of the Year Sportsman of the Year
Best International Act: Africa Best International Act: UK
Viewer's Choice Best New International Act[5] FANdemonium Award

Special awardsEdit


Jesse Williams's humanitarian award speech was the subject of backlash from some Grey's Anatomy fans. The show's fans made a petition. The petition says that Williams "spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET Awards." Fans also wanted him to get fired from the series. On the morning of July 5, 2016, where the petition garnered 7,000 signatures, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes responded to the petition by saying on Twitter in a tweet, "Um, people? Boo don't need a petition. #shondalandrules." However, the petition continued to see an increase in signatures.[6]


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  2. ^ sourcestaff (2016-06-25). "BET Awards Set To Go Live Across Six Networks Tomorrow". The Source. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Danny. "BET Awards Winners: Full List". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "BET Awards: The Complete Winners List". Billboard. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  5. ^ "BET Awards 2016 winners and nominees". May 20, 2016. Archived from the original on November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Petition Wants Jesse Williams Fired for His Speech at BET Awards. But He's Not Worried". New York Times. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.