Caught in the act! All eyes were on Beyoncé when she opened the 2016 BET Awards with a surprise performance of her song “Freedom” on Sunday, June 26. That is, except for Samuel L. Jackson, who was too busy checking out one of the entertainer’s dancers.
As Beyoncé’s female dancers strutted down the aisles of Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater at the start of the show, cameras caught the Avengers: Age of Ultron actor, 67, turning his head to glance at one woman’s backside after she passed him.
The hilarious clip went viral, naturally, and sent Twitter users into a frenzy. “LMAO at Samuel L Jackson looking at the dancers like ‘well well well, what do we have here,’” one viewer quipped, while another tweeted, “Y’all saw Samuel L. Jackson look at them cheeks when she walked by?”
Over on the main stage, Beyoncé, 34, delivered a powerful performance with special guest Kendrick Lamar. The “Sorry” singer rocked a custom Julien MacDonald black bodysuit as she splashed her way through a giant lap pool.
Later in the evening, Jackson was presented with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award by director Spike Lee, who called him the “hardest-working man in show business.”
During his speech, the Django Unchained actor thanked his family and close friends for their support during his 40-plus-year career in film.
“[As] a young man who grew up in segregated Tennessee, nobody told me I could be this,” he told the audience. “So, here I am, and here you are. Thank God for that.”
Jackson continued, “It’s sort of exciting. I never get nervous, and I can hear my voice shaking, and it’s strange to hear myself that way. But it’s been a great ride getting here.”
The BET Lifetime Achievement Award has previously been presented to Whitney Houston, James Brown, Prince and Smokey Robinson.
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