Beyoncé’s BET discourse: ‘Vote like our life relies upon it’
Beyoncé encouraged dark networks to cast a ballot in the up and coming US decisions, as she acknowledged respect for her philanthropic work at the BET Awards.
Committing her honour to dissidents around the nation, the star stated: “You’re demonstrating to our precursors that their battles were not futile.”
“I’m urging you to keep on making a move, proceed to change and destroy a supremacist and inconsistent framework.
“We need to cast a ballot as our life relies upon it since it does.”
Beyoncé was given her honour by Michelle Obama, who applauded the star’s responsibility to the dark network.
“You can see it in all that she does, from her music that offers voice to dark delight and dark torment to her activism that requests equity for people of colour.
“And she’s doing it all while staying devoted to her children and the loved ones she holds dear,” she continued. “To my girl, I just want to say – you inspire me. You inspire all of us.”
The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, were reflected throughout this year’s ceremony.
DaBaby, who won best male hip-hop artist, re-enacted the last moments of Mr Floyd’s life, rapping his hit Rockstar with his face pressed against the ground as a police officer knelt on his neck.
The performance also featured images from protests, as dancers held signs that said “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund The Police”, as the rapper and Roddy Ricch danced on top of police cars.
Twelve-year-old Keedron Bryant, who went viral on social media with a song about his fears of being a young African-American, opened the show with an a cappella performance of the poignant track, I Wanna Live.
That was followed by an all-star performance of Public Enemy’s 1989 anthem Fight the Power, featuring Nas, YG, The Roots’ Black Thought, and Rapsody.
Jennifer Hudson delivered a gospel rendition of Nina Simone’s Young, Gifted and Black, while Alicia Keys performed a haunting version of her new single A Perfect Way To Die.
The star was seen playing the piano in a deserted city, surrounded by murals to Floyd, Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Sandra Bland.
As the song ended, she stood up from her piano and knelt on the street, which had been stencilled with names of dozens of black men and women whose lives have been lost to racism and police brutality.