As the most awarded performer in the show's history, Beyoncé is no stranger to the BET Awards stage.

Whether she was alongside her Destiny's Child sisters, getting backup from Jay-Z or 100 percent solo, the songstress has shown year after year she knows what it takes to rock the annual ceremony.

It all began in 2001 when Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams got the crowd grooving to their hit tune, "Bootylicious." It also happened to be the first BET Awards in the network's history. Fast forward 16 years later, the star has gone on to perform eight more times and has accumulated 21 wins—the most of any artist in BET Award history.

This year, the musical superstar leads the nominee pool with seven nods, including for Best Female R&B Artist, Video of the Year for "Sorry" and Album of the Year for Lemonade. Considering she recently gave birth to twins, the new mom of three won't be performing at this year's ceremony on Sunday. 

However, fortunately there are nine show-stopping performances to revisit in her absence this year. Without further ado, cue the music!

Beyonce, 2001 BET Awards

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Beyonce, 2003 BET Awards

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Beyonce, Terrence Howard, 2005 BET Awards

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Jay-Z, Beyonce, BET Awards 2006

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Beyonce, 2007 BET Awards

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Beyonce, 2009 BET Awards

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Beyonce, 2011 BET Awards

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Beyonce, 2014 BET Awards

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Beyonce, 2016 BET Awards

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Tune in to the 2017 BET Awards this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. 

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