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Beyoncé Opened the BET Awards in a Glorious Fringe Bodysuit

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The 2016 BET Awards started off with a showstopper — Beyoncé! — which seems counterintuitive. Why open with a closer? But it being Beyoncé, no one's complaining about a thing like timing.

Bey performed Freedom along with several dancers in custom Zana Bayne harnesses, a giant stage puddle, a lot of pyrotechnics, and a little help from rapper Kendrick Lamar. As for her look, she saw peak bodysuit and raised it a ton of arm fringe — like a foot of fringe hanging from her long sleeves — and cornrowed and braided her hair. The fringe-y elements of the leotard, a custom design by Julien Macdonald and styled by Lemonade stylist Marni Senofonte, really enhanced the movement in her performance. Watch the full thing below.

Beyoncé skipped the red carpet, but sent her dancers, who were dressed like they just came from the Lemonade video, instead. So let's appreciate what we have, and what we have is some really gorgeous fringe.

Now see the left side.

And also both sides.

And then, of course, both sides in glorious motion. Those are truly mesmerizing bodysuit embellishments.

Update: Despite having just performed, Beyoncé was not there to accept her video of the year award. Her mother, Tina Knowles, accepted it in her place, and explained that Bey was already on a flight to London for her tour, which might explain the early performance.

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