If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to all the black woman magic of Taraji P. Henson, JanelleMonáe , and Octavia Spencer on the silver screen in January of 2017!
‘Hidden Figures’ tells the untold true story about four brilliant African-American women working at NASA; Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). The women served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history; the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The film by 20th Century Fox is in theaters January 13, 2017.
The much-anticipated film also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons.
I think the 2016 BET Awards met most of the fans’ expectations. We anticipated their tribute to Prince, which BET claimed, “they got us”. We weren’t expecting Prince’s tribute to be scattered throughout the show. Nonetheless, each performer did Prince justice!
Can we just talk about how Beyonce’s dancers surprised everyone by walking up in the place in full formation?
The dancers raised speculation, as folks wondered if Beyonce was going to perform. When the official announcement about the lineup was made, Beyonce’s name didn’t come up. I assume that was BET’s plan which WORKED. Not only did Beyonce performed, but she and Kendrick Lamar came ALL THE WAY THROUGH with an epic performance of “Freedom” from the ‘Lemonade’ album.
As far as the Prince tributes, I’m so used to seeing 1 big 15 minute tribute, because in my opinion, it’s more exciting. I’m assuming so many artists wanted to pay tribute to the purple one that it was too many lengthy tributes to fit into one slot.
Dave Chappelle pleasantly surprised us when he came on stage to introduce the first artist to deliver a Prince tribute. It was none other than Erykah Badu who was accompanied by The Roots, followed by a riveting and unforgettable performance of “Beautiful Ones” by Bilal!
Tributes from Stevie Wonder with Tori Kelly and Jennifer Hudson, and “Nothing Compares to You” by Maxwell were nothing short of amazing!
However, there were two tribute performances that stood out for all of us and they were electrifying performances by Janell Monae and Sheila E. I’ll bet money Prince looked down and smiled at these women who basically “stole the show” when it comes to Prince tributes since his untimely death. I think BET picked the perfect artist, that is, Janelle Monae, whose stage presence impressively replicates the stage presence of the purple one; same energy, same kind of artistry, and the same waistline…..yeah, they did that!
And let’s take a moment to bow down to the woman who was bold enough to wear butless pants like Prince did for the MTV Awards years ago.
Sheila E closed out the show with a bang! The singer, percussionist, and now author is receiving rave reviews on a performance that was so epic, it leaves us wondering why she never received an honorary award. She even blessed us with a dance feature from MayteGarcia (Prince’s x-wife and former backup dancer) and Jerome from The Time.
Let’s take a moment to congratulate the night’s winners!
Beyonce- Best Female R&B/Pop
Drake & Future-Best Group
Drake-Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj-Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Director Z-Video Director of the Year
Bryson Tiller-Best New Artist
Bryson Tiller-Best Male Artist
Kirk Franklin-Dr. Bobby Jones Award
Taraji Henson-Best Actress
Amandla Stenberg-Young Stars Award
Rihanna Featuring Drake-Best Collaboration
Beyonce-Video of the Year for “Formation”
Michael B. Jordan-Best Actor
Jesse Williams-Humanitarian Award
‘Straight Outta Compton‘-Best Feature Film
Serena Williams-Sportswoman of the Year
Steph Curry-Sportsman of the Year
Samuel L. Jackson-Lifetime Achievement
Overall, BET said they got us and they did…with the tributes. The tributes to Prince were well-prepared and something for us to remember and talk about for years to come. BUT, I feel like without the tributes, the live event was mediocre, at best. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to see new hosts next year. Love Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis-Ross, but I’m ready to see some fresh faces. Let’s take a moment for give it up for the stage production crew. Between Beyonce’s pool of water and blasts of fire, I’m sure switching stages while changing elaborate stage props was a lot of work for them between performances.
Congrats to the winners AND nominees and job well done to the tribute artists.