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

BET Awards 2016

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.

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