BET Awards honor Prince

The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bilal kicked off the first of many Prince tributes at the BET Awards, which felt more like “The Prince Tribute Show” on Sunday.

The Roots backed Badu as she performed The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, singing softly as she grooved in place. Bilal, with The Roots again, sang The Beautiful Ones.

The performers were introduced by comedian-actor Dave Chappelle, who famously impersonated Prince on his parody show years ago.

More performances honoring Prince at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles were coming up: Sheila E. was to close the awards show honoring the man to whom she was once engaged.

In a surprise win, singer Bryson Tiller won best male R&B/pop artist, besting Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Tyrese and Jeremih.

“Thank God, thank my mommy, thank my granny. This is my first award ever,” Tiller said.

Drake was the leading nominee with nine. He won best group for his collaborative work with rapper-singer-producer Future.

50 Cent fined for language

U.S. rapper 50 Cent and a member of his entourage were detained in St. Kitts and Nevis for using “indecent language” during a performance at a music festival, local police said Sunday.

A police statement said 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, and entourage member Bajar Walter were arrested and charged after a Saturday night performance.

The rapper’s representative Amanda Ruisi said in a statement Sunday that Jackson paid a fine and was on his way home on Sunday.