Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar officially shut a whole lot of things down for the night. All they did was open an awards show with a surprise performance. You know, no biggie. To start off the 2016 BET Awards, the duo performed “Freedom,” the 10th song off of Beyoncé’s sixth studio album, Lemonade.
The audience stood as Beyoncé’s dancers proceeded to the front with the recording an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech: “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note…This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”…we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt…so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
In the middle of the performance, Kendrick Lamar appeared from the bottom of the stage and rapped a remixed version of his featured verse on Freedom. He then aided Beyoncé in a crescendo ending that was way too much to bear for my snatched edges. Initiate castor oil mode.
I just cannot.
The beyhive and admirers of the songstress alike were left in a state of shock, bewilderment, admiration, and utter respeck. Host of ETNow tweeted, “Wow wow wow Beyonce Kendrick Lamar turned it out!!! #BETAwards .”As is the usual way for Queen Bey.
Surprises, surprises! What will Beyoncé think of next? I am pretty sure we are not going to see it coming.