An array of artists performed tracks from Prince’s back catalogue.

This year’s BET Awards honoured Prince with a series of tributes from artists including Stevie Wonder, Dave Chappelle, The Roots, Bilal and Prince collaborator Sheila E.

The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bilal performed ‘The Ballad of Dorothy Parker’ and ‘The Beautiful Ones’ in honor of the late artist while Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly covered ‘Take Me With U’. Jennifer Hudson also sung a version of ‘Purple Rain.’

Maxwell performed ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and Janelle Monae performed a medley including ‘Delirious,’ ‘Kiss,’ ‘Pop Life,’ and ‘I Would Die 4 U’, with Sheila E closing the night with another medley. Watch clips of a selection of performances below.

The 16th annual event, which took place in LA last night (June 25) also saw Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila pay tribute to her late father with a moving speech featuring a famous Ali quote: “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

The night wasn’t entirely free of controversy. Justin Timberlake faced criticism over a comment he tweeted following actor and activist Jessie Williams’ acceptance speech. When asked by Twitter user Ernest Owens if he was going to stop appropriating black music and culture: responded with: “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.” He, ultimately, apologised.

Winners at last night’s ceremony included Drake, who beat Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and others to pick up the award for Best Male Hip-hop Artist, while Nicki Minaj took home the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist trophy for the seventh year in a row. See the full list of music winners below.

Centric Award

Beyoncé – Formation

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Bryson Tiller

Best Group

Drake & Future

Best Collaboration
Rihanna ft. Drake – Work

Best Male Hip Hop Artist


Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – Formation

Video Director of the Year
Director X

Best New Artist
Bryson Tiller

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé – Formation

Best International Act Africa
Cassper Nyovest

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