Beyoncé’s “Halo” is shining, as the 24-time Grammy winner was recognized for her many initiatives that help those in need.
On Sunday, Bey was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the 20th annual BET Awards. Plus, her well-deserved award was perfectly presented by none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama!
The ceremony’s 20th anniversary celebration aired on Sunday, June 28th. The BET Awards honored talent in television, film, and sports.
And while plenty of well-deserving people took home awards, it was Beyoncé who snagged the Humanitarian Award for her amazing charitable work, particularly her BeyGOOD initiative.
The award was presented by former First Lady Michelle Obama, who has built her own legacy filled with charity work — both when she was in the White House, and as a co-founder of the Obama Foundation alongside husband Barack Obama.
“I am here today to talk about the queen. You know the one!” Michelle started.
“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,” Michelle continued. “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.”
Beyoncé’s track record for giving back to her community is filled to the brim.
Through BeyGOOD, Beyoncé created “Formation Scholars” in 2017 to support young women. Scholarships were given to young women pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Beyoncé and mom Tina Knowles Lawson teamed up for the #IDIDMYPART mobile testing initiative to support residents in Houston’s Black and brown communities, who have been disproportionately affected by the virus.
The superstar also partnered with Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey. Together they worked to deliver mental health relief during the pandemic, as they pledged $6 million to various efforts.
Michelle also recalled how Beyoncé re-wrote her number “Get Me Bodied” for the White House’s “Let’s Move” campaign, that the former First lady was at the forefront of.
She signed off her speech by calling the Grammy-winner an inspiration to “all of us.”
“I’m so proud to name Beyoncé the 2020 BET Awards Humanitarian of the Year honoree,” Michelle said. “Congratulations, girl. Love you so much.”