Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar gave “Freedom” a new meaning with a surprise game-changing performance at 2016 BET Awards Sunday night.

The “Formation” singer, who was previously not confirmed as a performer, kicked off the show with a powerful message about black rights, featuring Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a line of female dancers made their way towards the fiery stage.

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Queen Bey then emerged from the blazing stage, beginning the performance ankle deep in water.

©The Beyoncé World

©The Beyoncé World

While the singer commanded a formation of dancers who kicked and splashed to the beat of “Freedom”, Lamar rose from the stage, further elevating the powerful performance.

Watch the iconic performance yourself below.

Their mind blowing show, which was a collaborative number for Bey’s latest album Lemonade, marks the first time the two Grammy winners have ever performed together on stage.

This year, the BET Awards were held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre on June 26, featuring a lineup of artists, including Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae who paid tribute to late icon Prince.

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Beyoncé also took home five awards from at the BET: Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year (“Formation”), Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award (“Formation”), Centric Award (“Formation”) and Fandemonium Award. She also holds the record as the winner of the most BET Awards of all time with 24 awards.

Beyoncé UK leg of The Formation World Tour began today (June 28) at Sunderland. The singer will continue touring to Europe on 5 July, and will return to US in September. Click here for more information about the tour.