BET premiered a special tribute to President Obama called “Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration” on Tuesday.
The star-studded gathering was filmed at the White House last month and hosted by BET alumnus Terrence J and When The Bough Breaks actress Regina Hall.
President Obama opened the evening with gratitude, reminding everyone that the White House has continually served as a platform for ground-breaking artists to showcase their talents. He called it “the people’s house,” and said he welcomed an evening of celebration.
Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson and Bradley Cooper presented moments of reflection, while montages of Obama’s legacy played across the screen focusing on his impact and undeniable cool.
From gospel to hip-hop, performances by Jill Scott, Yolanda Adams, Jonelle Monae, Kierra Sheard, Michelle Williams, Usher, The Roots, De La Soul, Common and Bel Biv Devoe were top-notch. Throughout the evening, the camera made sure to pan the crowd, spotting President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama clapping and dancing to the tunes.