Close friends including Tyler Perry and Bey’s own mother Tina Knowles-Lawson celebrated her merits in a tribute accompanied by her new song “Black Parade.”
Bey accepted the award in a pre-taped video, dedicating it 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.
But the fight is not over. She encouraged everyone to continue to demand justice and vote. “Continue to take action, continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system,” added Bey. “Because there are people banking on us staying at home during local elections and primaries happening in states across the country. We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does.”
Her speech was followed by a trailer for her visual album Black Is King, which premieres July 31 on Disney+.