Here’s a Backstage Peek at the 2016 Step Up Inspiration Awards (With a Cameo by Dwyane Wade!)

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On Friday May 20th, 850 people gathered at the Beverly Hilton to honor Lea Michele, Gabrielle Union and Step Up teen, Rocio, at the 13th Annual Step Up Inspiration Awards. SheBrand has the scoop on what was happening behind-the-scenes.

The lovely and talented Garcelle Beauvais, a longtime Step Up supporter, emceed the event and interviewed a few of the high profile ladies in attendance, including: Lea Michele, Gabrielle Union, Julie Bowen and Lisa Ling.

We give you a peek backstage:


Step Up IA emcee, Garcelle Beauvais, interviews actress and
Step Up supporter, Julie Bowen


Garcelle and Lisa Ling strike a pose after their interview


Garcelle and Essence Atkins toast Step Up Inspiration Award honoree, Gabrielle Union


Garcelle and Gabrielle with SheBrand Founder, Liz Dennery Sanders


Garcelle snaps a backstage selfie with Dwyane Wade,
Gabrielle Union and Essence Atkins

Actress and advocate, Gabrielle Union gave a very moving and empowering speech about her own struggle to find confidence and value herself, as her doting husband, Miami Heat Shooting Guard, Dwyane Wade, looked on. Gabrielle mentioned backstage that it was the first time Dwyane had seen her give a speech. (Awww, seriously cute couple alert!)

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Garcelle Beavais, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and Essence Atkins backstage at the 13th Annual Step Up Inspiration Awards

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