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Jennifer Hudson pays homage to Prince in tuxedo dress

Jennifer Hudson wore a custom Christian Siriano dress to the BET Awards, which was highly reminiscent of the garment Prince wore to the 2005 People's Choice Awards.

Jennifer Hudson wore a copy of one of Prince's most famous outfits to pay tribute to the late singer at the BET Awards.

The Dreamgirls star counted the American musician, who died from a drug overdose in April (16) at the age 57, as one of her key musical influences and chose to honour him with a performance of his hit Purple Rain at the awards ceremony on Sunday night (26Jun16).

Jennifer, 34, was accompanied by Stevie Wonder on the piano for a heartfelt rendition of Prince's most famous song. And while she pulled off the tune with aplomb, the white cowl-neck tuxedo dress she wore, which was heavily reminiscent of the classic outfit Prince wore to the 2005 People's Choice Awards, really caught the audience's attention.

The low cut dress, which was designed by Christian Siriano, had a flowing hood worn over Jennifer's head. She accessorised with an elegant pearl studded choker, white pumps and a swipe of coral red lipstick. Following the show, Jennifer took to Instagram to thank her glam squad for helping her pull off the dramatic look.

"And thank u to @csiriano and@micaelaerlanger For recreating This Prince inspired look for my @betawardsperformance !" she captioned a close-up photo of her in wearing the dress.

Siriano also took to social media to gush about the dress and Jennifer's memorable tribute.

"My love @iamjhud looking so cool and chic in custom Siriano giving tribute to the amazing #PRINCE at the#BETAwards tonight! Styled by@micaelaerlanger #PrinceTribute," he wrote.

Tributes for Prince were also made by the likes of Janelle Monae, The Roots, and Erykah Badu throughout the awards ceremony, which celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and various fields of entertainment. Black-ish actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson did the honours of hosting the three-hour-plus show for the second year in a row.

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