The 2017 BET Awards | Acceptance Speeches


 // Jun 26, 2017

Best Group: Migos

"This the culture, this the new wave, we livin' it."

Centric Award, "Cranes in the Sky": Solange

"I just want to thank BET for my teenage years, giving me images of queens like Missy Elliott and Lil Kim and Aaliyah and Erykah Badu and Kelis..."

Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper

"Thank you, Jesus!"

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bruno Mars

"The first award I ever won was a Soul Train Award here on this network."

Young Stars Award: Yara Shahidi

"Today is Tamir Rice's birthday so, amidst the celebration, I'd like to honor his life."

@yarashahidi won the Youngstars Award at the 2017 BET Awards tonight and delivered a speech that exemplified exactly why she was so deserving of the honor. The 17-year-old “Black-ish” star expressed gratitude for her peer group, fans and family before taking a moment to acknowledge the late Tamir Rice, who would have turned 15 years old on Sunday. Rice, who was killed in a fatal police encounter in 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio after a cop, is one of many young black boys and men who have died during encounters with police and Shahidi took it upon herself to recognize him onstage before “Today is Tamir Rice’s birthday, and so admist this celebration I’d love to honor his life,” Shahidi said. She also acknowledged BET “for celebrating our culture so beautifully when it isn’t celebrated everywhere else as it should be.” Shahidi, who is heading to Harvard University next fall, has been outspoken about the injustices black people face and has consistently used her voice and platform to raise awareness around police brutality and racism in America. “Thank you for supporting blackness and our contributions to society,” she said to the crowd onstage. “This is so appreciated and so necessary for my generation to see.” @blackvoices

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Humanitarian Award: Chance the Rapper

"Being 24 and getting something like this, it doesn't feel deserved yet but, like I said, God is putting the pressure on me so I can become who I'm supposed to be. I'm a good man and I'ma become a better man."

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar

"[Prodigy] inspired my first mixtape, 'Y.H.N.I.C.'"

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Viewers Choice: Beyonce, "Sorry"

"Thanks to all the fans, my BeyHive, for riding with me."

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Remy Ma

"Ya'll bitches got fat while we starved / Shots in ya ass, pads in your bras / Ya'll some liars..."

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