Tonight, Los Angeles will host another awards show — the 2016 BET Awards. Unlike most awards shows, which stick to one genre or medium, this one honors the best in music, acting, movies and sports.
Drake is the frontrunner, earning nine nominations. Beyoncé and Rihanna each received five. But this year, it may be less about the competition and more about the performances, especially the Prince tribute. Here are a few other reasons to watch.
The BET Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A. The show will be broadcast live on BET starting at 8 p.m. PST.
1. A Celebration of Prince
Janelle Monae, Sheila E., D'Angelo, The Roots and Stevie Wonder are teaming up to honor the Purple One. For many fans, the tribute to the music icon will be a palate cleanser after Madonna's version of "Purple Rain" the Billboard Music Awards. After that show, BET tweeted: "Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We Got You." The tweet was deleted, but once the shade has been thrown, it cannot be reeled back in.
2. The Performers
The lineup includes Usher, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Future, Erykah Badu and Jennifer Hudson. Alicia Keys is excited.
3. The Hosts
Blackish co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson will emcee the awards show. They're have good chemistry as an onscreen couple so we're hoping for some snappy banter instead of the stilted patter these kinds of shows usually produce.
4. Muhammad Ali
BET hasn't announced any official plans to pay tribute to the boxing legend, who died earlier this month, but there are reports he'll be celebrated in some manner.
5. Surprise Guests
Beyoncé hasn't performed at the awards show since 2009 and with "Lemonade" (and her "Formation" video and her Super Bowl show) still on people's minds, she seems like an ideal candidate to show up for a stealth performance.
6. The Drama
Nicki Minaj is up for Best Female Hip Hop Artist. She's already won the award five years in a row. Who know's what'll happen if she doesn't win again — or if she does.
7. The Commentary
We'll let DeRay McKesson's Twitter feed do the talking. Just follow the hashtag #BETAwards.