Michelle Obama has paid tribute to singer Beyonc¨¦ Knowles-Carter on the night of the BET Awards, telling the singer: ¡°You inspire all of us.¡±

On Sunday 28 June, the annual BET Awards, which celebrates black artists and sportspeople, took place virtually.

During the ceremony, Beyonc¨¦ received a special accolade, being presented with the Humanitarian Award in honour of her philanthropy.

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Through her work with the BeyGOOD foundation, Beyonc¨¦ has been working with her mother, Tina Lawson, to provide Covid-19 testing for black people living in Houston, Texas, where she grew up.

Before Beyonc¨¦ delivered her acceptance speech at the BET Awards, she was introduced in a video message recorded by former first lady Obama, who described the recipient as ¡°my girl¡±.

Obama began by saying: ¡°I am here today to talk about the queen. You know, the one.¡±

The 56-year-old spoke of Beyonc¨¦¡¯s childhood in Houston, saying she has been ¡°lighting up the stages and gracing the world with her talent, with her generosity and spirit, and with her love for her community¡± throughout her life.

¡°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,¡± Obama said.

¡°And no matter how big the stages get, I know my girl isn¡¯t satisfied unless she¡¯s sharing all that shine with the next generation.¡±

The former first lady described how Beyonc¨¦ has been ¡°pulling up young performers¡± like Chloe x Halle, in addition to the orchestral musicians that ¡°dazzled us¡± during her Homecoming performance at the 2018 Coachella music festival.

¡°That¡¯s why she¡¯s calling out sexism and racism when she sees it, paving a path for new artists who are trying to navigate the music industry,¡± she said.

Obama also paid tribute to Beyonc¨¦¡¯s decision to rewrite her song ¡°Get Me Bodied¡± to ¡°Move Your Body¡± when taking part in the White House¡¯s ¡°Let¡¯s Move¡± campaign, which was launched in 2010 to encourage children to become more active.

¡°She¡¯s always turning up, looking out, and making us all a 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,¡± Obama stated.

¡°So to my girl, I just want to say: You inspire me. You inspire all of us. Which is why I¡¯m so proud to name Beyonc¨¦ the 2020 BET Awards Humanitarian of the Year honoree.¡±

Obama ended her message by saying: ¡°Congratulations, girl. Love you so much.¡±

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