It’s that time of year again. The biggest night in Black music is upon us and we’re anticipating a grand ole’
Hosted by Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for the second year in a row, the 2016 BET Awards will hit the Staples Center Sunday, June 26 at 8P/7C bringing with it a fierce red carpet, star-studded list of performers and presenters.
Here’s everything you need to know about the show:
WHAT TO EXPECT:
There’s a lot of chatter around this year’s BET Awards performances. Everyone from Future, Usher and Bryson Tiller to Erykah Badu are set to hit the stage on Sunday night. Remy Ma, Alicia Keys, Young Thug and Jennifer Hudson are also among the list of hot performers.
The stakes have been riding high on BET’s Prince highly anticipated tribute ever since they threw massive shade at the Billboard Awards, when they tweeted (then deleted): “Yeah, We saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You.”
Janelle Monáe, The Roots, Stevie Wonder and D’ Angelo are tasked with the honor of paying homage to one of their musical inspirations.
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with #TeamBeautiful, Tracee Ellis Ross, spilled a drop of tea about what we can expect:
“I don’t know that you can ever do someone like Prince justice because there’s no one like him and there never will be, but what you can do is what we’re doing which is celebrate his music. Celebrate his life and celebrate his extraordinary contribution that he made to our world.”
There’s also some stuff competition in the Best Female Pop/R&B category between Beyoncé and Rihanna. Who will take home the BET award? We’ll just have to wait and see. (Find out who Tracee personally picked to snag the statue, here).
EYE CANDY FACTOR
Duh! Expect major eye-candy. The BET Awards are is the biggest Black event besides Essence Festival. Past attendees include everyone from Michael BAE Jordan to Morris Chestnut and beyond.
WHAT KINDS OF SNACKS & LIBATIONS SHOULD I PREPARE?:
Grab your tissues when it comes time for the Prince tribute. Otherwise, expect a pretty chill evening with a few meme-able moments. Tracee and Anthony are planning an opening act that will
CAN I WATCH IT ALONE?:
Yes, but why would you? Call over BAE and enjoy the festivities while sipping on brown liquor (it’s only right). By the end of the night, you will have laughed, possibly cried and definitely danced to a Desiigner or Future song. Then end the evening with a raunchy night cap.
IS IT WORTH MY TIME?:
Absolutely. And if the awards aren’t your forte, do us all a favor and don’t be that “I don’t watch the BET Awards because I’m too bougie, but want the scoop on all you missed” Black person.
Check back with us for your recaps, performances, and winner’s list. Tune into our Instagram and Snapchat account for live dates from the red carpet and watch with us as we live tweet the show. The awards air Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. EST.
Check out who’s nominated: