The BET Awards have always showcased Black America's entertainment and culture, but, amid a global pandemic and racial justice movement, this year was different.
Twelve-year-old sensation Keedron Bryant, who turned heads on social media with his passionate performance about being a young black man in today's world, started the show with an a cappella performance of his poignant song "I Just Wanna Live," which earned him a record deal. That was followed by an all-star performance of Public Enemy's 1989 anthem "Fight the Power," featuring Nas, black Thought, Rapsody and YG adding new lyrics to the song, even namedropping Taylor and others.
Michelle Obama highlighted Beyoncé's commitment to the black community before presenting her with the humanitarian award, saying, "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 used her speech to encourage viewers to vote "like our life depends on it" in the upcoming election. "Because it does"!