Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce's explosive performance was unexpected Photo:REX

Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar opened the 2016 BET Awards with an explosive performance on Sunday night.

Opening the annual ceremony with a dramatic surprise show, Beyonce brought her Formation tour to the BET Awards with the giant stage pool for Freedom.

Sans shoes, the 34-year-old tore up the stage in a black patterned leotard as she was flanked by her female troupe of dancers.

Taken from her latest album Lemonade, Beyonce boomed: “Freedom, freedom! Where are you? ‘Cause I need freedom too. I break chains all by myself / Won’t let my freedom rot in hell / Imma keep running ‘cause a winner don’t quit on themselves.”

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