Girls may run the world, but who helps those girls? Beyoncé.
And who better to present said award than the iconic Michelle Obama?
“I am here to talk about The Queen,” Obama said in a video presentation. “You know the one!”
Obama continued: “Ever since she was a little girl in Houston, Beyoncé Knowles Carter has been lighting up the stages 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.”
The Becoming author finished by saying: “[Beyoncé’s] always turning up, looking out, and making us all a little bigger, better, a little more fierce.”
“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 Beyonce the 2020 BET Awards’ Humanitarian of the Year honoree.
“Congratulations, girl. Love you so much.”
Beyoncé, as you can see in the video above, dedicated her award to activists and protesters around the country.
“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. Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” she said.
Beyoncé ended the speech urging voter participation. “I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to work to change a racist and unequal system. We have to continue to do this together.”
“We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does.”