“We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does.” Beyoncé urged black communities to vote as she accepted an award for her humanitarian work at the virtual BET Awards.
The singer dedicated the award, presented by Michelle Obama, to protesters across the US saying: “You’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain.”
12-year-old Keedron Bryant, who went viral with a song about his fears of being a young black man in America, opened the show with an a cappella performance of the poignant track, I Wanna Live.
In one of many tributes to the victims of racism and police brutality, 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. As the song ended, she knelt on the street, which had been stencilled with names of dozens of black men and women who have been killed.