Patti Labelle, Janelle Monae & Esperanza Spalding Honor Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Prince with Tribute Performances at the 2010 BET Awards

Paying homage to legendary R&B singer Prince, newcomer (and Bad Boy Records recording artist) Janelle Monae hit the stage and performed one of Prince’s hit songs “Let’s Go Crazy.” After her very animated performance, Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding took to the stage and sang “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” which was followed by a performance from R&B singer Alicia Keys who performed “I Adore” and surprised everyone (including Prince) when her pregnant self climbed on top of the piano to finish off the performance. Last (but most certain not least) came R&B legend Patti Labelle who sang “Purple Rain” and kicked her high-heels off at the end of her act. (After Labelle kicked off her shoes Prince went up, grabbed one and held it in the air for all to see)

Once Patti Labelle wrapped up her tribute performance, Prince was then presented with his “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Patti and Chaka Khan. Peep 10+ pics of everyone below, and check out the video footage when you continue reading…

JANELLE MONAE – “LET’S GO CRAZY”

ESPERANZA SPALDING – “IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND”

PATTI LABELLE – “PURPLE RAIN”

PRINCE ACCEPTING HIS “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD”


  • HAnnah

    Your article is wrong…Janelle performed first, The violin lady second and Alicia third.then Patti and they all stood together.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GossipOnThis Dustin

    Thanks Hannah! I fixed the post :)

  • bethenny

    janelle was amazing! i loved her rendition!

  • julia

    janelle monae did prince justice with her performance. great stuff!