Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Make a Splash
It's impossible to have a conversation about pop in 2016 without Beyoncé coming up, and the BET Awards honored this fact by having her and her phalanx of dancers get into formation while excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech opened the show. B and her dancers launched into a version of "Freedom" that was choreographed on a pool, creating an eye-popping visual that matched the Lemonade track's agitated intensity. When Kendrick Lamar showed up with a tweaked version of his on-record verse, the already-high energy quotient kicked into overdrive. The sight of Beyoncé and Lamar, two of music's most prominent, vocal and political figures, dancing fiercely yet with a keen sense of purpose as water splashed around them jolted the night into high gear and provided the first of many must-see moments.