Alicia Keys, French Montana, and more hit the white carpet at the BET Awards

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The New Jersey stars were out in full force at the 2016 BET Awards Sunday night. The 16th annual awards show, which was held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles,  featured a surprise performance by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, a riveting speech by Grey’s Anatomy actor and social activist Jesse Williams, and touching tributes to Prince from Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder. The show honors artists, actors and athletes across 20 categories. Click here to view the complete list of winners. Scroll through to see some of your favorite Garden State celebs hit the white carpet.

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French Montana

Pompton Plains rapper French Montana hit the stage with Fat Joe and Remy Ma to perform their club banger “All The Way Up.” He looks beyond dapper in his chic, all-white ensemble.

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Newark native Akon was honored with the 2016 Global Good Award for his humanitarian work. The rapper launched a project called Lighting Africa in 2014 that provides electricity to places in Africa which don’t have it.

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Naturi Naughton

East Orange native Naturi Naughton killed it in her LBD, embellished with gorgeous lace and ruffle detailing.

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Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

Englewood’s Alicia Keys posed it up in a stunning black silk jumpsuit and silver turban, with hubby Swizz Beatz, who rocked a handsome cream tux. She later performed her new single “In Common.”

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Tasha Smith and Tisha Campbell-Martin

Camden native Tasha Smith slays in a fun, yellow-printed jumpsuit. She joined her childhood bestie, and fellow actress, Tisha Campbell-Martin on the red carpet.