BET Awards 2016 celebrated the excellence of African Americans and other minorities in the entertainment and sports industry.

Black Entertainment Television network hosted the annual event in Los Angeles, E! News reported. The distinguished lineup of nominees along with the exciting stage performances made it an unforgettable evening.

1. Beyonce kicked off the show with her “characteristically dynamic style,” Billboard wrote. Moreover, her performance of “Freedom” with rapper Kendrick Lamar surprised and delighted the audience.

2. “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams delivered the emotional highlight of the evening with his acceptance speech, the LA Times wrote.

“Freedom is always conditional here. Freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now… Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real,” the publication cited lines from Williams’ speech.

3. The sister act of Chloe X Halle also showed promise with their performance of “Drop,” the publication noted. They will join Beyonce as the opening act for the European leg of the “Formation” Tour, ET Online revealed.

4. Jennifer Hudson left everyone breathless at the BET Awards 2016 when she sang “Purple Rain,” USA Today wrote. However, Sheila E. and Mayte Garcia took it to the next level with eight songs that celebrated the Purple One’s memory, Star Tribune reported. The women raised one of Prince’s guitars at the end.

5. Laila Ali’s emotional tribute to her father boxing great Muhammad Ali.

“My father, Muhammad Ali, lived his life with conviction and purpose. He is known as the greatest athlete of all time, a man who fearlessly faced opposition both in and outside the ring,” she said.

“These past few weeks my father’s generosity and love has been matched by a worldwide outpouring of love and reverence for him and our entire family. If he was here today, he would humbly ask you to pray not just for our family, but for all of mankind,” Laila Ali added.

List of BET Awards 2016 winners:
Humanitarian Award: Jesse Williams
Lifetime Achievement Award: Samuel L. Jackson
Best Group: Drake and Future
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bryson Tiller
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Movie: Straight Outta Compton
Best New Artist: Bryson Tiller
Video of the Year: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Best Male Hip- Hop Artist: Drake
Best Female Hip Hop Aritst: Nicki Minaj
Best Collaboration: Rihanna ft. Drake, “Work”
Best Gospel: Kirk Franklin
Youngsters Award: Amandla Stenberg
Centric Award: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Video Director of the Year: Director X
Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Inspirational Award: Kirk Franklin
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams