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Black energy, struggling and the battle for justice took middle stage on the BET awards on Sunday, the primary Black movie star occasion in the US since nationwide mass protests broke out this month over systemic racism.

The present, which celebrates Black excellence in music, movie, sports activities and philanthropy, was full of speeches, songs, photos of protests and the names of dozens of Black women and men who’ve died by the hands of police in recent times.

Beyonce, who was given a humanitarian award by former U.S. first girl Michelle Obama for her charitable initiatives, urged the Black neighborhood to make use of its vote in upcoming U.S. elections to dismantle “racist and unequal methods.”

“We now have to vote like our life is dependent upon it, as a result of it does,” the singer mentioned.

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Karen Clark Sheard, left, and Kierra Sheard perform during the BET Awards.

On this video seize issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Karen Clark Sheard, left, and Kierra Sheard carry out through the BET Awards.
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The awards present, broadcast stay for the primary time in its 20-year historical past on America’s mainstream CBS channel, featured commercials from the likes of Coca-Cola, Ford, Nissan, P&G, L’Oreal and Fb that each celebrated the achievements of Black folks and highlighted the challenges they face.

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A remixed model of veteran New York rap group Public Enemy’s 1989 anthem “Struggle the Energy,” that includes images of this month’s avenue protests, opened the present, whose slogan was “Our tradition can’t be cancelled.”

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs

On this video seize issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs “Rockstar” as an actor taking part in a police officer presses his knee on DaBaby’s neck, replicating the previous couple of moments of George Floyd’s life, through the BET Awards.
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Da Child’s efficiency of “Rockstar” started with the rapper singing whereas mendacity on the bottom below the knee of a police officer, in a recreation of final month’s arrest and demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis that sparked the protests.

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Roddy Ricch wears a shirt that says Black Lives Matter while performing during the BET Awards.

On this video seize issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Roddy Ricch wears a shirt that claims Black Lives Matter whereas performing through the BET Awards.
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Newcomer Roddy Ricch wore a “Black Lives Matter” shirt, John Legend performed his ballad, “We Will By no means Break,” and Alicia Keys sang an emotional new music, “Good Method to Die,” concerning the black lives misplaced over the a long time.

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, John Legend performs during the BET Awards.

On this video seize issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, John Legend performs through the BET Awards.
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The present was a mixture of pre-recorded performances and digital appearances due to the coronavirus pandemic that shut down manufacturing of tv reveals in mid-March.

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Alicia Keys, standing atop names of Black lives lost, performs during the BET Awards.

On this video seize issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Alicia Keys, standing atop names of Black lives misplaced, performs through the BET Awards.
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Awards went to Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Anti-Social,” which received album of the 12 months, Megan Thee Stallion for finest feminine hip-hop artist and Lizzo was named finest feminine R&B/pop artist.

Gymnast Simone Biles and basketball star LeBron James have been named sportswoman and man of the 12 months respectively. Nigerian musician Burna Boy was named finest worldwide act.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.)

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