Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Surprise the BET Awards With a Performance of ‘Freedom’

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As further proof that every major television event needs a Beyoncé performance, Bey brought down the house at the 2016 BET Awards by opening the show with "Freedom." The surprise performance began with dancers walking through the audience backed by a recorded Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech, before they joined the diva onstage for the show-stopping, water-stomping choreography used on the Lemonade tour. As if the whole country wasn’t already losing their minds, Kendrick Lamar also appeared unexpectedly to rap his verse live. The song ended with both high-kicking the water as flames flashed behind them. Watch them slay, indeed.