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Watch Janelle Monae Give The Prince Tribute We've Been Waiting For

With additional tributes from Maxwell, Erykah Badu and Sheila E., this year's BET Awards didn't disappoint.
Janelle Monae performs a medley of songs in tribute to the late singer Prince at the 2016 BET Awards.
Janelle Monae performs a medley of songs in tribute to the late singer Prince at the 2016 BET Awards.

"Yeah. We saw that. Don't worry. We got you." 

That was the epic shade thrown by BET just minutes after Madonna's much-criticized tribute performance to Prince at the Billboard Awards in May. The network promised fans that it was cooking up a tribute truly fitting of the late, great Prince Rogers Nelson -- and they didn't disappoint. 

Instead, of just one performance, the show celebrated Prince throughout the night with a series of brilliant and distinct tributes from various artists. 

First up were Erykah Badu, The Roots and singer Bilal, who gave an absolutely stunning rendition of "The Beautiful Ones":

Next up was Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly, performing "Take Me With U," later joined by Jennifer Hudson who got a standing ovation for her powerful cover of "Purple Rain":

Maxwell also gave a stirring performance of "Nothing Compares To U" (which Madonna sang during her Billboard tribute). In honor of Prince, he changed the words, singing: "It's been 7 hours and 66 days since you took your music away."

The performance everyone was waiting for, Janelle Monae.

Monae, who has often cited Prince as a huge inspiration, sang a medley including the songs "Delirious," " Kiss," "Pop Life," and "I Would Die 4 U" -- while wearing ass-less chaps in honor of the icon:

And finally, Sheila E. came out to bring the house down with an epic, percussive performance in homage to The Purple One. Her high-energy medley included songs, "Housequake" and "Erotic City": 

 

It was a magical night full of performances that would have made Prince proud. Slay. 

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