BET Premieres Concert Special 'Love & Happiness: an Obama Celebration'

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
Common, with Yolanda Adams and Reginald Golden Singers, performs during BET's "Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" concert hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 21, 2016. 

When Dave Chappelle referenced an event he’d attended at the White House in his momentous SNL monologue, he was talking about BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration. The concert special, hosted by Terrence J and Regina Hall, premieres tonight (Nov. 15) on BET at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

During the concert, which features a star-studded lineup boasting the likes of Common, Janelle Monae, The Roots and Usher, President Obama gave a shout-out to guest Chappelle. Thanking BET for taping the musical celebration, the president quipped to the comedian, “You got your block party. I’ve got my block party” — a reference to Chappelle’s 2005 film, Dave Chappelle's Block Party.

Show highlights include Common and Yolanda Adams teaming up on his Academy Award-winning song “Glory,” Bell Biv DeVoe spiriting the audience to its feet with the 1990 classic “Poison,” Leslie Odom Jr. saluting President Obama with a Hamilton-esque rap and The Roots, De La Soul, Common and Jill Scott joining forces for a special Philadelphia meets New York-meets-Chicago moment. On hand to share thoughts on President Obama’s legacy were actors Jesse Williams, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson and Bradley Cooper.