Beyoncé received an honour for her humanitarian work at the 2020 BET Awards which celebrates works of black artists and sports personalities. Former First lady of the US, Michelle Obama presented the award to her on June 28 and humbly announced that it goes to “the queen”. She also praised the music mega master for her commitment to the black community.
Accepting the virtual award in a video message, the sensational singer dedicated the honour to all protesters around the country. She said the award is for her “brothers and sisters out there inspiring change”. She also encouraged viewers to go out and vote in the upcoming US elections, BBC reported.
— BET Music (@BETMusic) June 29, 2020
“You’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system.”
“We have to vote like our life depends on it. Because it does,” Beyoncé said. “So please continue to be the change we want to see.”
What You Should Know
- Beyoncé received the BET Humanitarian of Year Award on June 28.
- Her recent work with BeyGOOD and latest launch Black Business Impact Fund were also highly praised.
- The singer urged black communities to vote in the upcoming US elections.
- According to Michelle Obama, she presented the award to “the queen”.
Obama praising Beyoncé’s activism
Obama hailed for the singer and said, “You can see it in everything she does, from her music that gives voice to black joy and black pain, to her activism that demands justice for black lives.”
“And she’s doing it all while staying devoted to her children and the loved ones she holds dear,” she continued. “To my girl, I just want to say – you inspire me. You inspire all of us.”
Known for her electrifying shows, Beyonce was honoured in recognition of her BeyGOOD initiative. She has been working extensively to establish several scholarships and foundations for the needy. Most recently, to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, she teamed up with her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, and launched the #IDIDMYPART mobile testing initiative. The aim was to support Houston communities of color that have been hugely impacted by the pandemic.
She recently released the song, “Black Parade” with the creation of BeyGOOD’s Black Business Fund to support small businesses that are owned by black people.
BET celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and the award show marked its 20th anniversary.