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Beyoncé urged black communities to vote in the upcoming US elections, as she accepted an honour for her humanitarian work at the BET Awards.
She dedicated the humanitarian award to all protesters around the country, saying “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain”.
She also encourage all to walk in their true powers to vote like their lives depends on it.
“Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power, and that is to vote”.
“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.”
— BET Music (@BETMusic) June 29, 2020
The BET Awards celebrate black artists and sports personalities. Previous recipients of the ceremony’s humanitarian award include boxer Muhammad Ali, music producer Quincy Jones and civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton.
The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, were reflected throughout this year’s ceremony.