BET EXPERIENCE 2016 RECAP

In the past, the BET Awards were simply a highly anticipated award show. Today it is four days of fun in Los Angeles, with the city filled with the hottest celebrities. The festivities started Thursday, June 23rd with 106 & Park at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Through the weekend there were concerts, talks with the faces of the industry, fashion shows, a celebrity basketball game, and of course the annual BET Awards.

Janelle Monae at BET Awards Red Carpet

Janelle Monae at BET Awards Red Carpet

This weekend was most definitely a concert over load. If you missed your favorite concerts throughout the year, the BET Experience was a great place to play catch-up. R&B favorites Usher and Bryson Tiller shut L.A. Live down, followed by Metro Boomin at The Novo. Later, Rap Geniuses 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne hit the stage, giving an amazing performance. Throughout the B.E.T. Experience there were Free…Yes Free Concerts held on the BETX Stage. Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Desiigner, OT Genisis, and Ro James graced the stage just to name a few. 

Usher and Snoop Dogg at L.A. Live.

Usher and Snoop Dogg at L.A. Live.

The highly anticipated celebrity basketball game got a little steamy this year. A-List celebs such as Chris Brown, Floyd Mayweather Nick Cannon, The Game, Meek Mill, and Tank made appearances on the the court. Following the Celebrity Basketball game was a BETX Slam Dunk Contest judged by Deon Cole, Jemele  Hill, and Micheal Smith. Hill, and Micheal Smith.

Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, French Montana, and Soulja Boy at the celebrity basketball game

Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, French Montana, and Soulja Boy at the celebrity basketball game

BET Experience took the initiative to host a informative “Genius Talks”. DJ Khaled made an appearance, giving the audience the major keys to success. Music Moguls Damon Dash, Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dog, and Birdman talked about their new premiere television show “Music Moguls”, airing this week. Gabrielle Union gave the inside scoop on being a black woman in Hollywood. 

Gabrielle Union and Melissa Harris-Perry for "Genius Talks"

Gabrielle Union and Melissa Harris-Perry for "Genius Talks"

Snoop Dogg, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri at "Genius Talks"

Snoop Dogg, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri at "Genius Talks"

DJ Khaled at "Genius Talks"

DJ Khaled at "Genius Talks"

With all the anticipation building up over the past 3 days, the BET Awards was nothing short of breath taking. With an empowering opening performance by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar. Prince was the spotlight of the show, with 4 performances dedicated to him throughout the BET Awards. Jesse Williams accepted the Humanitarian Award, while also delivering a powerful speech about the society we live in today. Samuel L. Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the entertainment industry. 

Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar opening the BET Awards