Beyoncé received the BET Humanitarian Award, using her speech to encourage viewers to vote “as if our lives depend on it” in the upcoming US elections.
Michelle Obama highlighted Beyonce’s commitment to the black community before awarding her the award, saying, “You can see it in everything she does, from her music that gives voice to joy and pain. black people, to his activism which demands justice for black lives. . “
Obama praised Beyoncé for promoting young artists and for “calling sexism and racism when she sees it”.
Beyoncé dedicated the award to protesters across the country.
“I want to dedicate this award to all my brothers there, to all my sisters who inspire me, walk and fight for change. Your voices are heard and you prove to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. Now we have one more thing to do to walk in our true power, and that is to vote, ”she said.
“I encourage you to continue to act, change and dismantle a racist and unequal system,” she said. “There are people who count on us to stay at home during the local elections and the primaries taking place in the states of the country. We must vote as if our lives depended on it, because it is. “
Beyoncé was praised for her charity work through the BeyGOOD foundation, including partnering with her mother, Tina Knowles, to ensure that more Covid-19 tests are available for black residents of her hometown of Houston, in Texas.
The BET Awards celebrate black artists and athletes. Previous BET humanitarian award recipients include boxer Muhammad Ali, music producer Quincy Jones and actor Denzel Washington.
The Sunday show celebrated the 20th BET award and the 40th anniversary of BET as a network. The three-hour event, which aired on CBS for the first time, was hosted by actress, actress and television personality Amanda Seales.
Several artists scored political points during their performances, including Roddy Ricch, who wore a Black Lives Matter shirt while rapping.