Beyoncé Receives Humanitarian Award At 2020 BET Awards

Written by on June 28, 2020

Beyoncé was honored with the Humanitarian Award on the 20th annual BET Awards Sunday. 

On the community’s first digital award present amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Michelle Obama introduced the adorned artist with the award, stating that Bey “has been lighting up the levels and gracing the world together with her expertise, together with her generosity of spirit and together with her love for her neighborhood.” She continued, “You’ll be able to see it in every little thing she does from her music that provides voice to Black pleasure and Black ache to her activism that calls for justice for Black lives.”

Beyoncé devoted the award to the protesters “marching and combating for change” in a prerecorded video assertion, saying they impressed her.

“Your voices are being heard and also you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles weren’t in useless,” she mentioned. The “Lemonade” artist then implored them to vote on this yr’s elections.

“I’m encouraging you to proceed to take motion, proceed to alter and dismantle racist and unequal techniques. We now have to proceed to do that collectively,” she mentioned. “Proceed to struggle for one another and elevate one another up as a result of there are folks banking on us staying at house throughout native elections and primaries occurring in states throughout the nation. We now have to vote like our life trusted it as a result of it does.” 

Beyoncé was honored for her philanthropic work all through her profession and together with her nonprofit group, BeyGOOD. Over the previous few years, the artist has established scholarships for college kids of traditionally Black faculties and universities, offered meals for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and helped convey clear water to the East African nation of Burundi.

Most just lately, BeyGOOD coordinated a COVID-19 testing initiative for disproportionately affected Black and brown neighborhoods in Houston.

She has additionally used her platform to talk out towards injustice towards marginalized communities. On Juneteenth, she launched a Nationwide City League-administered Black Enterprise Fund to help Black-owned small companies.

As well as, Beyoncé received the BET Her Award. She was additionally nominated for Finest Feminine R&B/Pop Artist and Album of the 12 months. 

Following her assertion, BET aired a teaser for “Black is King,” a visible album premiering on Disney+ on July 31. Watch the teaser under. 

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