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On Monday (May 6), VH1 celebrated Mother’s Day in a major way with their third annual Dear Mama special.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 02: Anthony Anderson and Ashanti perform during VH1’s Annual “Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Mom” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

The special that was all about honoring mothers brought out a myriad of R&B and hip-hop stars with their moms in tow. Dear Mama had several special performances by artists like Ashanti, H.E.R., Monica, Luke James, and Shai.

Ashanti’s mother was brought to tears while Ashanti’s younger sister Shia joined the “Foolish” singer on stage to perform her 2008 song “Mother” from Ashanti’s album The Declaration. Anthony Anderson did more than just host the show alongside LaLa Anthony. He rapped the late Notorious B.I.G.’s verse in Ashanti’s “Unfoolish” during her performance of the song, hyping up the crowd.

Ashanti Performs 'Foolish' / 'Mother' / 'One More Chance' (w/ Anthony Anderson) | Dear Mama

In this extended performance from #DearMamaVH1, Ashanti stops the show with a medley of Foolish / Mother / One More Chance featuring a verse from Anthony Anderson. #DearMamaVH1 #VH1 Subscribe to VH1: http://on.vh1.com/subscribe It's the mother of all celebrations as VH1 salutes the sacrifices and enduring love of moms everywhere with its annual Mother's Day celebration.

Monica sang her hit song “Angel of Mine” and then went into a cover of Anita Baker’s “Angel.” During the end of her performance, Monica’s daughter Laiyah gifted Monica’s mother a bouquet of roses.

Monica Performs 'Angel' / 'Angel Of Mine' Medley | Dear Mama

Monica celebrated motherhood at #DearMamaVH1 with a medley performance of 'Angel' /' Angel of Mine'. #DearMamaVH1 #VH1 Subscribe to VH1: http://on.vh1.com/subscribe It's the mother of all celebrations as VH1 salutes the sacrifices and enduring love of moms everywhere with its annual Mother's Day celebration.

R&B newcomer H.E.R. had a performance that surprisingly led into Shai’s performance of “If I Ever Fall in Love.” She started off by singing Leon Russell’s “A Song For You,” while playing the piano. Shai then graced the stage and shouted out H.E.R.’s mother before performing their nostalgic hit. After Shai performed, R&B veterans SWV graced the stage performing their single “I’m So Into You” and “Right Here.”

H.E.R., SWV & Shai Perform 'A Song For You', 'Right Here' & 'If I Ever Fall in Love' | Dear Mama

H.E.R. paid tribute to her mom with the help of SWV and Shai in this incredible medley performance of "A Song For You," "I'm So Into You," "Right Here", and "If I Ever Fall in Love" at #DearMamaVH1.

Luke James performed a cover of  “Reasons” by “Earth, Wind & Fire and their hit song “Shining Star.” Prior to singing “Shining Star” he demanded that his mother get up out of her seat and dance. She smiled and obliged while James continued to serenade her from the stage.

Luke James Performs 'Reasons' / 'Shining Star' Medley | Dear Mama

Luke James performed a stunning medley of 'Reasons' / 'Shining Star' at #DearMamaVH1. #DearMamaVH1 #VH1 Subscribe to VH1: http://on.vh1.com/subscribe It's the mother of all celebrations as VH1 salutes the sacrifices and enduring love of moms everywhere with its annual Mother's Day celebration.

Ciara didn’t perform, but she took the stage to honor her mother Jackie and her grandmother Gladys. After a short speech recognizing her mom and grandmother, she went out into the audience and gave them both a bouquet of flowers before recognizing a few other mothers in the audience.

Ciara Honors Women for #SeeHer | Dear Mama

Ciara thanks her mother and grandmother for what they taught her about motherhood, and celebrates women on the behalf of #SeeHer at #DearMamaVH1. #DearMamaVH1 #VH1 Subscribe to VH1: http://on.vh1.com/subscribe It's the mother of all celebrations as VH1 salutes the sacrifices and enduring love of moms everywhere with its annual Mother's Day celebration.

Check out photos from Dear Mama, from the red carpet to the show below.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter.