Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak gave a select group of fans a special treat at the 2021 BET Awards Sunday (June 27). The duo, known collectively as Silk Sonic, performed their hit “Leave the Door Open” at Club Novo at L.A. Live for newly vaccinated fans.
The two kicked off their performance by sauntering into the area on a roped-off red carpet, with attendees grooving to the tune while the two serenaded them with the help of some backup singers. As Silk Sonic performed their hit, fans behind danced while holding up signs.
Toward the end, Anderson .Paak teased the attendees, asking, “Do y’all want to hear a new song? Do ya’ll want to hear a new song off the new album?” While fans cheered in the affirmative, he dashed their hopes, saying, “Nah! We’re gonna bring [‘Leave the Door Open’] back! ‘Cause we’re still in the top 10! We’re gonna do this again, and again, and again!” before launching back into the smooth song.
The duo were nominated for three awards: video of the year, best group, and viewer’s choice.
“Leave the Door Open” is the debut single for Silk Sonic, and has topped the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the summit on the Adult R&B Airplay chart, becoming the fastest to reach the No. 1 spot by male artists in the chart’s history.
Taraji P. Henson hosted the awards, which this year celebrated Black women in and their impact on culture. The show was broadcast in front of a live audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.