Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder & More Honor Prince at 2016 BET Awards (VIDEO)
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Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder & More Honor Prince at 2016 BET Awards (VIDEO)


The 2016 BET Awards promised an epic Prince tribute, and they did not disappoint.

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The awards ceremony staged several performances dedicated to the late singer throughout the broadcast on Sunday, June 26, showcasing a wide variety of talent honoring the Purple One in their own separate ways.

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First up was Dave Chappelle, known for his Prince impression on Chappelle's Show, who introduced the first tribute performers. 

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"April 21, 2016 — a very difficult morning for many of us," the 42-year-old comedian said. "We got that news that one of our heroes had left us, and literally, our hearts were broken."

He then introduced the first performers, The Roots and Erykah Badu, who put on a tremendous rendition of “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker."

They were then joined by singer Bilal, who crooned "The Beautiful Ones" while doing his best Prince impression by writhing around sensually on the floor. 

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Later in the show, Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly laid into the duet from Purple Rain, "Take Me With You." But both were soon overshadowed by Jennifer Hudson, who had the honor of belting out "Purple Rain," with a guitar solo assist from Roots' guitarist Kirk Douglas.

Also taking the stage were Maxwell, D’Angelo, Sheila E, and Janelle Monae, below, who sang a medley of Prince's most notable hits including “Delirious,” “Kiss,” “Pop Life,” and “I Would Die 4 U." For each song, the singer wore a different all-white version of some of Prince's most iconic outfits.

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These artists certainly made the 2016 BET Awards a night to remember for fans of the "1999" singer. 

We're sure he would have been honored to see it.