“Black Girls Rock” Awards Sneak Peek– Tracee Ellis Ross, Lauryn Hill, Brandy & More

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Tracee Ellis Ross speaks onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

BET taped the Black Girls Rock awards last Friday in Newark, New Jersey.  Check out some of the highlights of the night before the show airs next week.

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Tracee Ellis Ross performs onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

The Black Girl Rock Tracee Ellis Ross came back to host.  Love her!

 

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Tracee Ellis Ross performs onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Singer Erykah Badu speaks onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

Erykah Badu

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Monica performed and brought her adorable little girl on stage.

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Singer Brandy performs onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

Looks like Brandy killed it as usual.

 

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Singer Jazmine Sullivan performs onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

Jazmine Sullivan paid tribute to Diana Ross wearing a beautiful gold jumpsuit.

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Lauryn Hill

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

Hillary Clinton introduced Beverly Bond.

 

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Black Lives Matter activists Opal Tometi (L) and Alicia Garza speak onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

Black Lives Matter founders, Opal Tometi (L) and Alicia Garza (R) received the Change Agent award.

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Shonda Rhimes speaks onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""This year’s Shot Caller award went to Shonda Rhimes.

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Singer Rihanna speaks onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

Rihanna picked up the Rock Star award.

 

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Actress Danai Gurira speaks onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

Danai Gurira received the Star Power award.

""NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01:  Actress Amandla Stenberg speaks onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)""

Amanda Steinberg was this year’s recipient of the Young, Gifted and Black award.

 

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The living legend award appropriately went to Gladys Knight.  She looks amazing!

 

Congrats to all the beautiful ladies who constantly remind us that Black Girls Rock!

Abi Ishola

Editor-in-Chief

Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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