Beyonce Opens 2016 BET Awards With Surprise Performance (VIDEO)
Beyonce at 2015 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty
Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images    


Beyonce Opens 2016 BET Awards With Surprise Performance (VIDEO)


Well, that was unexpected! We knew this year's BET Awards were going to be good, but we didn't know they were going to be Beyoncé-level good!

PHOTOS: Solange Knowles Celebrates 30th B-Day With Bey

The 34-year-old pop diva opened the show with an unannounced performance, giving a rollicking rendition of her song "Freedom" from her recent smash album Lemonade.

The set began with Queen Bey's "Formation" backup dancers marching out to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech before being joined onstage by the singer, much to the delight of the frenzied crowd.

NEWS: 2016 BET Awards: Jesse Williams to Receive Humanitarian Award

The performance was given an extra shot of excitement by the addition of Kendrick Lamar, 29, who performed his verse of the song live — a special treat that wouldn't normally happen on Beyoncé's "Formation" tour.

The intense performance involved a lot of water effects and some high energy dancing, and was an incredible way to kick off the show. 

The performance was first rumored when Bey's backup dancers hit the red carpet together, but it remained unconfirmed until she hit the stage.

NEWS: Beyonce Is Basically Trolling Jay Z With Lemons At This Point

We can't wait to see what other performances the show has in store, like the highly anticipated Prince tribute, but Beyoncé is going to be pretty tough to top!