The 2017 annual BET Awards took place last night and they did not disappoint. The nearly four-hour show was hosted by SNL’s Leslie Jones—it was a night of big wins, heartfelt humanitarian speeches and an abundance of great performances. For those of you who couldn’t tune in or just didn’t know what you’d be missing, we rounded up a few of the best performances from the program. Here are our picks for the shows you don’t want to miss out on.
Future Performs “Mask Off” With Surprise Guest Kendrick Lamar
First and foremost, Future performed his mega-hit “Mask Off” last night, even surprising the crowd with his pal Kendrick Lamar, who appears on the remix and performed the song with Future at Coachella this year. The performance was electric and the audience went crazy—rightfully so. See for yourself below.
SZA Performing a Medley of “Love Galore” and “The Weekend”
SZA is basically on fire right now—meaning she’s hotter than ever. After the longest wait ever, probably, she debuted her highly anticipated debut album CTRL to the world which hit number three on the charts last week. Watch her stellar performance below.
Kamasi Washington and El DeBarge’s Homage to George Michael
The “In Memoriam” segment for every award show gets us every time, and last night was no different: El Debarge and Kamasi Washington played a beautiful, fun and all-around cool tribute to the late George Michael. The two were clearly performing with full hearts and having a great time—the same segment also included Roman Gianarthur doing a version of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”
Xscape’s Reunion Performance
Beloved ‘90s R&B group Xscape were on-and-off again from the early ‘90s to the early 2000s, and it was announced that next month the group will play their first show in nearly 17 years at the Essence Festival. At last night’s BET Awards, we were given a preview of that show, with the group singing a medley of their biggest hits including “Understanding,” “Just Kickin’ It” and “Who Can I Run To.”