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Performances: BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock’ 2016 *Updated*

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Tonight marked the return of BET’s highly anticipated ode to women of color ‘Black Girls Rock.’

Much like its ‘BET Honors’ counterpart, the event enlists some of music’s best and brightest performers to serenade and shine light on women of color who have made impacts on and in their respective personal and professional communities.

Airing moments ago, the Tracee Ellis Ross hosted showing honored R&B legend Gladys Knight, Grammy-winning hitmaker Rihanna, and so many more.

Tuck in below to see the highlights from one of entertainment’s biggest nights:

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Redemption? Lauryn Hill Performs With The Weeknd On ‘Fallon’

Duo Deliver Axed Grammy Performance / Was It Worth It?

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After dramatically dropping out of The Weeknd‘s performance at Monday’s night’s Grammys, Lauryn Hill teamed with the rising star on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’

Together, the pair tackled ‘In The Night’ which appears on the Canadian singer’s award winning album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness.’

How did they fare? Find out below…

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Read: Lauryn Hill Responds To Grammy Criticism

Singer Claps Back At Academy President's 'Inaccurate' Claims

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Grammy winning singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill is not taking lightly to allegations of her irresponsibility as dealt by Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.

As reported earlier, Hill was set to render a surprise performance with The Weeknd at this week’s Grammy’s, but pulled out at the last minute due to being unprepared.  Once Recording Academy president Portnow caught wind of her statement, he immediately went on the defense – even calling it ‘inappropriate’ and ‘disappointing.’

If you thought he would get the last word, you thought wrong.  Get into her response to his unceremonious slamming below:

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Academy President Claps Back At Lauryn Hill Over Grammy Performance

Committee Deemed Hill's Statement 'Inaccurate' and 'Disappointing'

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As reported here, ‘Rebel’ diva Lauryn Hill was set to deliver a “surprise performance” with The Weeknd at this week’s Grammy showing.  However, the real “surprise” came when Hill was a no-show, leaving the ‘Earned It’ singer to croon his hits by his lonesome.

Quickly clarifying the rumors on her absenteeism, a rep shared with the media that Hill’s appearance was ‘prematurely announced’ and ‘unable to come to fruition’ due to its ‘last minute nature.’

Once those words caught the attention of the Recording Academy’s president Neil Portnow, however, they were immediately deemed ‘inaccurate.’

Did you miss his stinging “clapback”?  It awaits below:

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Lauryn Hill Cancels Grammy Performance / Rep Issues Statement

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Per multiple reports, Lauryn Hill was set to hit the stage tonight at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

The elusive songbird was due to take vocal flight alongside The Weeknd, yet ‘The Hills’ singer’s performance was a solo affair – much to the confusion of all those with knowledge of what was “supposed” to occur.

In a freshly released statement, a rep for the Fugees star has explained what happened:

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Holiday Surprise! Lauryn Hill Releases New Material

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Lauryn Hill celebrated Christmas day with the release of her very own cover of Nat King Cole‘s ‘A Cradle In Bethlehem.’ 

Though unfinished the cut comes as a welcome surprise for fans who are still hoping for a second studio album from the ‘Zion’ chanteuse.

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Watch: Lauryn Hill Electrifies ‘Fallon’ With ‘Feeling Good’ [Performance]

8-Time Grammy Winner Rocks With Rare Appearance

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Save for a series of annual live shows, Lauryn Hill has taken on a reclusive presence in the music industry over the last decade.

However, when Ms. Hill steps out, she shines like only she can.

Case in point, this evening on the ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’

The 8-time Grammy winner rocked the house with a cover of jazz classic ‘Feeling Good’ – one of her critically hailed contributions to the new Nina Simone compilation – ‘Nina Revisited.’

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