Beyoncé not only made a rare appearance tonight, she gave an even rarer speech at the BET Awards while accepting the Humanitarian of the Year award.
She was presented with the award by none other than Michelle Obama, who delivered a heartfelt tribute to the music icon.
“Talk about the queen, you know the one,” the former first lady said while introducing Bey. “Ever since she was a little girl in Houston, Beyoncé Knowles Carter has been lighting up the stage and gracing the world with her talent, with her generosity of spirit, and with her love for her community.”
“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 no matter how big the stages get, I know my girl isn’t satisfied unless she’s sharing all that shine she has with the next generation. That’s why she’s always pulling up young performers like Chloe x Halle and that orchestra that dazzled us in her Homecoming special.”
“That’s why she’s calling out sexism and racism when she sees it, paving out a new path for artists who are trying to navigate the music industry. That’s why she went out of her way to rewrite ‘Get Me Bodied’ for the White House’s ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign and got a whole lot of kids shaking it on the dance floor.”