[artist id=”1838768″]Trey Songz[/artist] kicked off [artist id=”14481″]Prince’s[/artist] Lifetime Achievement Award tribute at the BET Awards on Sunday (June 27) with his performance of “Yo Side of the Bed,” which bled into “Purple Rain.”
In a purple button-up, black slacks and vest, Trey sang his recent hit “Yo Side of the Bed” atop a stage bathed in purple lights. The track’s video, featuring Keri Hilson as a military officer and Trey as her mourning husband after she’s killed in the line of duty, played in the background on large screens. During the performance, Trey gave a shout-out to all who’ve lost a special someone.
“This song goes out to anybody watching this tonight,” Trey said to an audience of swaying women. “I feel your pain.”
The singer then launched into the first verse of Prince’s 1984 classic “Purple Rain” from the film of the same name. As Trey strained to hit falsetto notes almost on his knees, the camera cut to Prince himself seated in the audience looking on.
“Prince, I don’t know where you are, but you inspire us all,” Trey said as a screen showed the message “Pray for our soldiers and their families” behind him.
Earlier in the evening, the Virginia native won the award for Best Male R&B Artist and brought his date, his mother, April Tucker, onstage with him to accept his trophy. Tucker is extremely proud of her eldest son and described him as “a regular guy with a God-given voice and talent for writing.”
Following the awards show, BET will debut Trey’s documentary “My Moment,” which follows the singer during Jay-Z’s recent Blueprint 3 tour.
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