Beyoncé has been given the humanitarian award on the BET awards, utilizing her speech to encourage viewers to vote “like our life relies on it” within the upcoming US election, and calling on them to “dismantle a racist and unequal system” within the nation.
Michelle Obama highlighted Beyoncé’s dedication to the black neighborhood earlier than presenting her with the award, saying: “You’ll be able to see it in the whole lot she does, from her music that provides voice to black pleasure and black ache, to her activism that calls for justice for black lives.”
Obama praised Beyoncé for selling youthful performers and for “calling out sexism and racism when she sees it”.
Beyoncé devoted the award to protesters across the nation.
“I need to dedicate this award to all of my brothers on the market, all of my sisters on the market inspiring me, marching and combating for change. Your voices are being heard and also you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles weren’t in useless. Now we’ve another factor we have to do to stroll in our true energy, and that’s to vote,” she mentioned.
“I’m encouraging you to proceed to take motion, proceed to alter and dismantle a racist and unequal system,” she mentioned. “There are individuals banking on us staying at residence throughout native elections and primaries taking place in states throughout the nation. We have now to vote like our life relies on it, as a result of it does.”
Beyoncé was praised for her charitable work via the BeyGOOD basis, together with teaming up together with her mom, Tina Knowles, to make sure extra Covid-19 testing was accessible to black residents in her residence metropolis of Houston, Texas.
The BET awards rejoice black artists and sportspeople. Earlier recipients of BET’s humanitarian award embody boxer Muhammad Ali, music producer Quincy Jones and actor Denzel Washington.
A number of artists made political factors throughout their performances, together with Roddy Ricch, who wore a Black Lives Matter shirt whereas he rapped.
DaBaby launched a brand new video for his track Rockstar – which has spent six of the final seven weeks at No 1 within the UK – wherein he evoked the killing of George Floyd, with a police officer kneeling on his neck.
DaBaby additionally received finest male hip-hop artist, with Roddy Ricch, his visitor rapper on Rockstar, successful finest new artist and album of the yr for Please Excuse Me for Being Delinquent. Megan Thee Stallion received finest feminine hip-hop artist.
Chris Brown received two awards for finest collaboration – his Drake monitor No Steerage – and male R&B/pop artist, with the feminine equal class received by Lizzo. Actor classes have been received by Michael B Jordan and Issa Rae, and the sports activities classes by LeBron James and Simone Biles.
Nigeria’s Burna Boy received finest worldwide act, beating nominees together with the UK rappers Stormzy and Dave, whereas Zimbabwe’s Sha Sha received finest new worldwide act, beating Nottingham rap duo Younger T & Bugsey and others.
Sunday’s present celebrated BET’s 20th awards present and BET’s 40th yr as a community. The three-hour digital occasion was hosted by comic, actor and TV character Amanda Seales.
Earlier within the weekend, Beyoncé additionally introduced Black is King, a brand new movie to accompany songs she launched in 2019 on the Lion King soundtrack album, The Present, airing on Disney+ from 31 July. She launched a brand new track to mark Juneteenth earlier this month, Black Parade, additionally the title of her newly introduced listing of black-owned companies.