It’s been nearly three decades since “Free Your Mind” topped the charts, and on Wednesday night’s Billboard Music Awards En Vogue reunited to close out the show with a fierce performance of the song, proving it’s still relevant.
The performance kicked off with an announcement: “We are in a state of emergency.”
That was followed by the trio — Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis, and Cindy Herron-Braggs — unleashing an incendiary rock-tinged rendition of the 1992 hit, celebrating the group’s 30th anniversary.
As the members sang in bedazzled face masks with “VOTE” written upon them, footage of civil rights marches and similar imagery played on screens onstage.
The group even threw a brief sample of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” in the mix.
— En Vogue (@EnVogueMusic) October 14, 2020
Reaction on social media was through the roof. Check out a sampling:
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— VH1 (@VH1) October 15, 2020
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