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The BET Awards Gave Prince The Tribute He Deserves

They weren't lying when they said "we got you."

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Leading up to tonight's ceremony, BET has been throwing some not-so-subtle hints that they were going to do Prince right after some, er, not-so-well-accepted tributes.

So they knew they had to come correct.

First it was announced that there would be performances throughout the entire show, instead of a singular big moment for the late music icon as expected.

Dave Chapelle came out to give a speech before the first performance, which was perfect considering the comedians history with the purple one.
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Dave Chapelle came out to give a speech before the first performance, which was perfect considering the comedians history with the purple one.

The first tribute performance of the night included Erykah Badu singing “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” and Bilal nailing “The Beautiful Ones."

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Bilal is probably the least mainstream of those chosen to perform, but was a A+ choice – one that only the BET Awards would know to make.

Stevie Wonder got a second chance to do Prince right after the Billboard Awards while performing the Prince/Apollonia duet from Purple Rain “Take Me With U" with Tori Kelly.

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His performance was accompanied by Jennifer Hudson, who gave a rousing performance of "Purple Rain."

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And Prince's protege Janelle Monae finally got a chance to pay her respects to her friend and mentor.

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And of course, it isn't a Prince tribute unless Sheila E. comes through and rocks the house – barefoot no less!

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She performed “Housequake” “Erotic City”, “U Got The Look”, “A Love Bizarre”, and “The Glamorous Life."

Maxwell also gave a soulful performance of "Nothing Compare 2 U" after singing his new single "Lake By The Ocean."

All the performances were backed by The Roots band. No surprise to those who know how vocal Questlove has been about his love for Prince.
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All the performances were backed by The Roots band. No surprise to those who know how vocal Questlove has been about his love for Prince.

No doubt Prince was looking down on all of this, pleased.

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Watch all the tributes here.

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