The Roots, BET Awards 2016 Performer: The Photos You Need to See

The Roots, a contemporary American rap group from the 1990s, will be performing tonight at the BET Awards. The band was originally formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, and is famous for its creative approach to music, which often means employing a range of musical instruments. In total, the band has released ten studio albums, two EPs, and has collaborated on many records and performed in live shows with an array of other artists. Click through our gallery to learn more about the band whose music has been described as hip hop/neo soul. (Getty)