The former first lady called her "the queen" as she honored the superstar singer by sharing her philanthropic accomplishments over the years, highlighting how she's used her incredible platform to help those in need. That didn't stop stars like Beyoncé, who received the Humanitarian Award, from looking red carpet-worthy while calling in at home.
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". "Continue to take action, continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system", added Bey. "We have to continue to do this together, continue to fight for each other and lift each other up because there are people banking on us staying at home during local elections in primaries happening in states across the country", Beyoncé said.
"We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does", she said.
Beyoncé was one of many artists that spoke out against racism at the BET award ceremony this year, which celebrates Black artists and athletes. Previous recipients of BET's humanitarian award include boxer Muhammad Ali, music producer Quincy Jones and actor Denzel Washington.
Sunday's show celebrated BET's 20th awards show and BET's 40th year as a network. The three-hour event, which aired on CBS for the first time, was hosted by comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales.
Newcomer Roddy Ricch wore a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, John Legend played his ballad, "We Will Never Break", and Alicia Keys sang an emotional new song, "Perfect Way to Die", about the black lives lost over the decades.