Beyoncé Receives Humanitarian Award at BET Awards

Lawrence Kim
June 29, 2020

The letter is also cosigned by the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and the matriarch of George Floyd's family, among others.

The show was a mix of pre-recorded performances and virtual appearances because of the coronavirus pandemic that shut down production of television shows in mid-March.

Internationally, the BET Awards 2020 will simulcast on BET Africa at 2 AM CAT on June 29th, followed by global broadcasts in the United Kingdom on June 29th at 9 PM BST, France on June 30th at 9:45 PM CEST and in South Korea on June 30th at 9 PM KST.

Addressing the audience via video, Michelle started off with, "I am here today to talk about the queen".

Beyonce was honored at Sunday's 2020 BET Awards with the Humanitarian Award.

Beyoncé used her speech to encourage viewers to vote "like our life depends on it" in the upcoming election.

"I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change", she said. "Your voices are being heard, and you're proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain", she said in the acceptance speech. "That's why she's always pulling up young performers like Chloe x Halle, and that orchestra that dazzled us in her homecoming special", she added. Now we have one more thing we need to do to to walk in our true power, and that is to vote.

Sunday's show also celebrates BET's 40th year as a network. The three-hour event, which aired on CBS for the first time, was hosted by comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales. Lil Wayne will honor National Basketball Association icon Kobe Bryant with a performance, while Wayne Brady will pay tribute to Little Richard. Wayne Brady, in a glittery suit, rolled around on top of a piano as he sang a medley of Little Richard hits. Megan Thee Stallion, who recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her Beyonce-assisted Savage remix, is nominated for video of the year, best female hip-hop artist, best collaboration, the viewer's choice award and album of the year for Fever. The video for that song is nominated for video of the year alongside DaBaby's Bop; DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle and John Legend's Higher; Doja Cat's Say So; Megan The Stallion's Hot Girl Summer and Drake and Brown's No Guidance. "You inspire all of us". All-stars like Alicia Keys, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson and Usher will also perform.

Drake is the leading nominee: He's up for six honours, including video of the year and best male hip-hop artist.

The singer also took to Instagram earlier Sunday to share an open letter her mother Tina Lawson penned urging USA senators to pass the Heroes Act bill in an effort she said was to 'ensure that our vote is protected this election cycle'. The Houston native also received a nod in Best Female R&B/Pop Artist against H.E.R.

Black power, suffering and the fight for justice took center stage at the BET awards on Sunday, the first Black celebrity event in the United States since nationwide mass protests broke out this month over systemic racism. "You know the one!" Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered.

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