Music’s biggest voices saluted black women in business, politics, entertainment, sports, and community service at BET’s second annual “Black Girls Rock!” event, honoring Angela Davis, Shirley Caesar, Taraji P. Henson, Tatyana Ali, and more.
BET has finally released the official footage. Erykah Badu kicked off the festivities by beat-boxing and adding her own instrumentation to “Appletree.” Melanie Fiona showed off her powerful pipes with her new song “This Time,” newcomer Elle Varner stepped into the spotlight with “Only Wanna Give It to You,” and Estelle said “Thank You” with her Akon-penned single.
Soul diva Jill Scott delivered a spoken word performance of “Womanifesto” and empowered her fellow ladies with “Hate On Me.” And Mary J. Blige closed out the inspiring evening with “Just Fine” and “My Life.”
Get lifted with the ladies of R&B by watching the performances below.
Jill Scott – “Womanifesto” & “Hate On Me” Black Girl Rock
Mary J. Blige – “My Life” Black Girls Rock
Melanie Fiona – “This Time” Black Girls Rock
Erykah Badu opened the show with a remixed rendition of her classic “Appletree.” Badu, in a protective golden armor that shielded her shoulders and shins, brought the crowd to their feet with her beatboxing and album, “Baduizm.”