The 2016 BET Honors aired last night and it was a night filled with Black excellence. From the stellar performances and touching tributes to the superb fashion, it was a night we’ll remember until the next beautiful Black event.
Get into our recap.
We almost forgot how great Arsenio Hall is. The legendary comedian opened the BET Honors praising the honorees and highlight all the Black excellence in the room. From L.A. Reid, Patti Labelle, to Attorney General Eric Holder and ‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels, the room was filled with Black magic. “Ladies and gentleman here and at home, this is what extraordinary looks like.”
Hall joked about Black excellence walking out of the White House door when Obama’s second term sadly comes to an end. “Have you noticed how Black he’s getting towards the end?” He added, “I saw him come off Air Force 1 with a bottle of hot sauce.”
Taking on the current state of politics, Arsenio touched on Trump’s racist campaign that has led to protests around the U.S.
“If Trump wins, gatherings like this will cease to exist,” he said in jest. “Trump going to take away black licorice. No more Tyrese.”
Fantasia Took Us To Church
Forget a mic drop, when Fantasia took a deep breath after hitting her final note in the Patti tribute and blew air through her bang, it was a unanimous decision — she killed it. You know it’s real when Aunt Patti stands up during a performance because she is one of the shadiest divas of all time.
Usher Tributes LA Reid
Taking us on a trip down memory lane, Usher led the LA Reid tribute with a medley performance of his greatest hits. And just in case you were doubting Usher’s star power, that boy still got it!
Toni Braxton Is Toni Braxton
When the Braxton sisters hit the stage, we know we’re in for a nostalgic R&B treat. Toni Braxton can do no wrong in our book and reminded the youth why she is one of the greatest. She continues to slay. All day.
BET Honors The Next In Class
Friend of the #TeamBeautiful, Rae Holliday, was honored at the annual show for being the next rising star in the entertainment field. We love it.
Ledisi Ain’t Never Missed A Note In Her Life
Ledisi gives us chills whenever she performs and her tribute to Natalie Cole was no different. BET picked u the slack where other where other award shows failed to honor the late Black beauty.
Eric Holder’s Acceptance Speech
President Obama may be leaving office, but the effects of his administration will live on in the history books. Holder served as the first Black Attorney General from 2009-2015.
Watch his inspiring speech, below: