Erykah Badu, Bilal, & The Roots Celebrate Prince During Part One Of Tribute at BET Awards

Erykah Badu, Bilal, and The Roots kicked off the first of many Prince tributes at the 2016 BET Awards tonight (June 26th).

Comedian Dave Chappelle introduced the performers; with The Roots as the musicians, Badu sang “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” and Bilal sang  “The Beautiful Ones,” channeling the late Purple one to a T. The Philly crooner sounded a lot like Prince in his signature falsetto, eventually rising to a passionate crescendo of emotions while wallowing on the floor and tearing his shirt (in true Prince fashion)!  The crowd stood on their feet in response.

Peep The Roots’, Badu and Bilal’s tribute to The Purple One below: