BET Awards 2020: Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama Honors Beyoncé, ‘You Inspire Me, You Inspire Everyone’

The 2020 BET Awards aired on June 28, and in the days leading up to the virtual event, Beyoncé was promoted as one of this year’s honorees.

Her appearance was one of the most anticipated of the night, and many fans wanted to see the singer perform a medley of her hits, but this time was different. Instead of being honored for her musical contributions to the world, Beyoncé was honored as a humanitarian.

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Beyoncé’s won more than 2 dozen BET Awards

For context, Beyoncé has been a nominee and winner at the BET Awards since 2003. As a solo artist, she’s collected more than 30 BET Awards for her music in categories all across the board, including hip-hop.

Some of her trophies were for Video of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Female R&B Artist, or Viewers Choice Award. This is the first time she’s been given the Humanitarian Award.

None other than Michelle Obama was on deck to bestow the honor

Michelle Obama proudly showered accolades on Beyoncé in a speech that spotlighted all of her community work in the U.S. and abroad.

Obama spoke about Beyoncé’s efforts to call out sexism and racism, and her willingness to open the way for artists like Chloe x Halle. She also noted the singer rewrote the lyrics to “Get Me Bodied” for the White House’s Let’s Move child obesity campaign.

“She’s always turning up, looking out, and making us all little bit better, a little more fierce, and she’s doing it all while staying devoted to her children and the loved ones she holds dear. So, to my girl, I just want to say you inspire me. You inspire all of us! Which is why I am so proud to name Beyoncé the 2020 BET Awards Humanitarian of the Year honoree.”

Obama ended by congratulating Beyoncé and telling her she loves her.

Beyoncé thanked fans, urged everyone to vote

In her acceptance message, Beyoncé dedicated her award to all of her brothers and sisters marching and fighting for change. She put out a call for everyone to exercise their right to vote.

“I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to change, and dismantle a racist and unequal system. We have to continue to do this together, continue to fight for each other, and lift each other up.”

She ended her speech with “We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does.” Right before signing off, Beyoncé sent a warm word of gratitude to BET and her fans. Though she won one of the night’s most distinguished awards, Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy won an honor too.

The single “Brown Skin Girl” snagged the BET Her Award and features vocals from the eldest child in the Carter clan. While it’s Blue Ivy’s first BET honor, she also earned an award for the song from the NAACP as well in the Outstanding Duo or Group category.

If you missed the program, BET is airing a replay of the event on their network throughout the week of June 29.

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