Beyoncé was honored with the 2020 BET Humanitarian Award by none other than Michelle Obama, and—much like literally everything she says and does—her speech was not to be missed.
Michelle Obama kicked it off saying she was there to present an award to “the queen,” which, true.
Accepting the virtual award in a video message, Bey dedicated the honor to her “brothers and sisters out there inspiring change” and encouraged viewers to go out and vote.
“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.”
Congrats to #Beyonce for receiving the 2020 Humanitarian Award 💕 #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/bCzxzO30e7
Beyoncé was the recipient of BET’s Humanitarian Award thanks to her work with the BeyGOOD initiative—including launching COVID-19 testing initiatives for the Black community in Houston, starting scholarships for students at historically Black colleges and universities, and launching BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund.
Side note: now seems like a good time to mention that Bey is releasing a new visual album called Black Is King, a “celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience” which features music from The Lion King and was written, directed, and executive produced by her. Expect guest appearances from Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Blue Ivy Carter, Pharrell, and Jay-Z—and in case you’re like I NEED THIS YESTERDAY, don’t panic! You don’t have to wait too long. Black Is King drops July 31 on Disney+.
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