BET Awards 2016

BET Awards 2016: Beyoncé's Surprise, Jesse Williams' Powerful Speech and 8 Other Memorable Moments

When an unannounced performance from Beyoncé isn’t the biggest surprise of the evening, you know you’ve done your job. Well played, BET Awards.

From the moment Queen B spilled her first drop of lemonade on the stage to the final note sung in memory of Prince — and there were many performances throughout the night — Sunday’s unpredictable ceremony was so engaging, we almost didn’t realize it was 3 hours and 40 minutes long. (We said almost. For the record, no award show should ever be that long.)

But along with the evening’s sillier gags — including, but not limited to, an unsolicited appearance from Anthony Anderson’s bare butt cheeks — there were also moments of political importance; Jesse Williams‘ passionate speech about racial inequality, for example, is a must re-watch.

Browse our gallery of memorable BET Awards moments below, then drop a comment with your own below.