Over the last 20 years, we’ve loved nothing more than watching the soulful sirens of R&B rock the house at the BET Awards. From their glamorous outfits to sultry vocal stylings to boundless stage presence, women have lured us in and rocked some of the most iconic performances we’ve ever seen.
Honestly, there were too many for us to list in one place, but we tried it anyway. Here are just a few of our favorite performances of all time by the ladies who have truly provided the soundtrack to our lives. We can't wait to see who makes this list after BET Awards 2021 tomorrow night (June 27)!
There's no one like Cardi B and when she opened the 2019 BET Awards with her gang of sexy dancers performing her smash hit “Pulse,” it nearly blew the roof off the place. Here's one lady who can whip the crowd into a furious frenzy with her unique flow and flirtateous moves.
Janelle Monáe was one of several women paying tribute to Prince at the 2016 BET Awards. She brought the house down with a show-stopping mashup of the purple one’s hits.
Lizzo kicked off her 2019 Awards performance in a wedding dress, promptly stripped down to lingerie and celebrated her independence with a gang of dancers who twerked their way into the our hearts forever.
Sheila E. showed up on stage and showed out on the drums like only she can while she honored Prince in this 2016 performance at the BET Awards.
Alicia Keys made an unexpected move when she traded her spot behind the ivories to stand with an acoustic guitar behind a rack of synthesizers and beat machines, a clear highlight of the 2016 BET Awards.
Brandy belted out the ultimate range of notes when she and Monica teamed up again for a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable tribute to Whitney Houston back in 2012.
Watch the 20th BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, at 8/9c.
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