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Anthony Anderson Has A Bootylicious Moment At The 2016 BET Awards Showing Off His Assless Pants!

| Filed under: TV NewsPrinceJanelle MonaeBET AwardsButtz

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We weren't ready for that jelly!

We've been seeing a lot of Anthony Anderson throughout the 2016 BET Awards — and as the night went on, we saw a whole new side of the Black-Ish star!

After Janelle Monae's showstopping Prince tribute, the host of the evening returned to the stage donning a similar form-fitting white jumpsuit.

Before introducing the next act, the actor turned around to reveal he was actually wearing assless pants!

Like the good sport he is, Anderson even gave his booty a little wiggle for good measure! Work it!

Ch-ch-check out the bootylicious moment (above)!

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BET Awards Announce Their Own Prince Tribute After Trashing Madonna's — And This One Will Be The Most Personal Yet!

| Filed under: TV NewsMadonnaMusic MinuteR.I.P.PrinceAlicia KeysJanelle MonaeBET AwardsBillboard Music Awards

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Pretty much every artist under the sun has performed a moving tribute to Prince since his tragic death in April.

And while BET didn't seem to think much of Madonna's tribute at the Billboard Music Awards, the cable network is taking matters for honoring The Purple One in its own hands!

BET Networks announced the late music legend will be honored at the 2016 BET Awards with a special live performance by Sheila E., The Roots, D'Angelo, Janelle Monae, and more!

This news comes on the heels of the network trashing Madge's May performance — which featured a surprise appearance by Stevie Wonder — insinuating the tribute was underwhelming in a pretty shady tweet.

Related: Madonna Scores Legal Victory Over Vogue Copyright Claim!

In a since-deleted video, BET ran a short teaser of the Material Girl's performance, writing "Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We Got You."

But apparently, they DO got us — because Sheila E.'s involvement will easily make this the most personal Prince tribute yet!

The network also announced Alicia Keys and Maxwell, along with more stars, will also be performing at this year's award show.

Do U think BET's Prince tribute will live up to the hype? Watch the performance when the 2016 BET Awards airs on June 26 at 8 p.m. ET on BET!

[Image via WENN/ABC.]

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Michelle Obama Just Dropped A Song With Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, & MORE! Listen To The Star-Studded Single HERE!

| Filed under: Kelly ClarksonMusic MinutePolitikMissy ElliottMichelle ObamaKelly RowlandJanelle MonaeZendayaGirl Power

You NEED to hear this!

Is there anything this wonderful woman CAN'T do?!

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama dropped a song — yes, a SONG — and it's quite the star-studded collaboration!

This Is For My Girls features the vocal prowess of fierce females Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, Lea Michele, Jadagrace, and Chloe x Halle — AKA the singing sisters Beyoncé signed to her production company.

DAMN! That's a lot of lovely ladies!

The jam was created to raise awareness for the 52-year-old's Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to help young women across the globe receive an education.

Video: President Obama Helps This Hamilton Star Freestyle!

And while we don't get to hear the First Lady's voice on the Diane Warren-penned track, we do get to hear the girl power anthem on the radio!

The song hit airwaves just hours before Miz Obama's SXSW panel alongside Diane, Missy, Sophia Bush, and moderator Queen Latifah.

Chloe x Halle will also be performing the song at the event!

The track will be available on iTunes at midnight, and all proceeds will go towards the Peace Corps' Let Girls Learn Fund.

But for now, ch-ch-check out some snippets (below)!

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These Stars Skipped The Oscars To Rally Behind Flint, Michigan!

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Justice 4 Flint

While most A-listers were gathering in El Lay for the Oscars on Sunday night, other celebs decided to skip the awards ceremony and rally behind Flint, Michigan.

Good on 'em!!

Creed director Ryan Coogler put on the "Justice for Flint" event hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress. Other stars in attendance were Ava DuVernay and Jesse Williams, who were among those to enjoy incredible performances by Janelle Monae and Stevie Wonder.

The event aimed to raise $100,000 for the community affected by the terrible water contamination crisis — and as of right now, they've exceeded that goal by $50,000! Woo!

Related: Creed Director Ryan Coogler Let Slip That J. Cole Got Married!

Not to worry, there's no drama here. Coogler said the Academy Awards had nothing to do with the fundraiser being held the same day — but instead to honor Black History Month. He told Buzzfeed:

"With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them, as well as provide them with a night of entertainment, unity, and emotional healing."

Other celebs like Diddy and Michael B. Jordan took to social media in support:

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Janelle Monáe Rocks The Grammys Red Carpet Like Only Janelle Monáe Can!

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If this were anyone else…

Janelle Monáe hit up the Grammys on Monday night channeling some serious Beetlejuice vibes.

Rocking her signature black-and-white look in Jean Paul Gaultier, she carried a Feana clutch with fur detail by Emm Kuo.

And she's totally killing those braids a la Kim Kardashian West!

We LOVES that Miz Monae always does her own thing and stays true to her style!

Go 'head with your bad self, girl!

[Image via Getty Images.]

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Janelle Monáe Is Moonlighting As An Actress Now! The Singer Just Landed Her First Big Screen Role!

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Will YOU see her movie??

We all know Janelle Monáe is multi-talented! But now, she's looking to expand her skill set even more!

The Electric Lady has been cast in an upcoming movie called Moonlight, which is being produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment.

Related: Janelle Slams A Fan Who Tells Her To 'Be Sexy!'

The 29-year-old picked a pretty solid place to start off her film career, considering the actor's production company is also responsible for 12 Years A Slave!

Moonlight follows a young man named Chiron, who is growing up in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. Over the course of multiple time periods, the protagonist struggles with his crumbling home life, and an awakened sexuality.

Producers tentatively plan to release the singer's big screen debut next fall! Will U catch Janelle's first acting experience? SOUND OFF in the comments!

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