Just Kickin It: R&B group Xscape perform at BET Awards

The crowd was in awe, singing along and filming the performance with their phones.

At the end of the day Mary never gets caught slipping and we're loving that she used this opportunity to remind us all.

Solange held a moment of silence onstage later on, and the show also honored some of the minorities who died at the hands of police officers, including Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner and others.

Solange, Beyonce's younger sister, also had a big night: She won the Centric award and called Sunday "the best birthday ever" (she turned 31 on Saturday). He gave a shout-out to fellow nominee Chance the Rapper, who earned the humanitarian award at the age of 24.

Mars, who was nominated for four awards that night, kicked off the show with an energetic and fun performance of his song "Perm", with his band the Hooligans, all performing and singing in ideal synchronization.

They performed one of the lesser-known singles from Mars" album 24K Magic, the energetic track "Perm'. "Stephen, no matter where you go in life, I know you are going to find success, because you got too much soul and too much passion", added the five time Grammy victor of Hill, who exited suddenly from BET on March 29 in a move that has now seen legal implications for himself, the network and Viacom.

The dancers are part of the team that has been lined up to perform at this year's edition of the BET Awards.

Remy Ma ended Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak for best female hip hop artist at the BET Awards and further extended a rivalry that has been going on for years.

Nominees for best male hip hop artist are Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Future and Big Sean.

Trevor Noah, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi are among the presenters. Prior to accepting the award, however, Chance was surprised with a pre-recorded video message from Michelle Obama.

The annual BET Awards show celebrates mass achievement in black entertainment and sports.

Bruno Mars was up for five awards at this year's show, including Album of the Year and Video of the Year.

Kandi Burruss, from left, LaTocha Scott, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and Tamika Scott, of Xscape, arrive at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Los Angeles.

  • Salvatore Jensen