BET has revealed who will be included in their Prince tribute at the 2016 BET Awards. D’Angelo, The Roots, Janelle Monae and Shelia E. are among the artists involved.
The BET Awards stuck their necks out when they clowned Madonna‘s Prince Tribute at the 2016 Billboard Awards. Now they are hoping to back up their “We Got You” claims by tapping a handful of artists that Prince had a big influence on.
D’Angelo pretty much secured his bid with an emotional performance of “Sometimes It Snows In April” on The Tonight Show. There was no way that Prince-stan Questlove of the Roots was not going to have his band involved somehow. Janelle Monae was a protoge and collaborator with Prince and Shelia E. preceded her in that.
All eyes have been on BET since Prince passed with fans anticipating what the network was going to do to celebrate the late musician. The BET Awards has earned the unofficial responsibility of producing proper send-offs for African-American musicians and artists that are either overlooked in tributes by the Grammys or underrepresented at tributes at the MTV Video Music Awards. The 2009 BET Awards that featured a Michael Jackson tribute remains their highest rated telecast. That year, Jackson died just days before the show was set to air and BET scrambled to put a tribute together.
With months to plan around Prince, best believe viewers will be watching with a critical eyes.
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