The 51-year-old the equalizer star took the stage on Sunday, June 27 to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony hosted by Taraji P. Henson. In her speech, the “UNITY” singer expressed her gratitude to everyone who made her success possible.
“I’m so moved, I don’t even know what to say,” she said. “My brothers and sisters, my best friends – who ride with me or die. Whether my face is on the ground or flying in the sky, they know me and they are there for me.”
The Living alone alum thanked the BET network for helping “beautiful blackness” to thrive over the years.
“When we couldn’t play on the radio and in other places, we couldn’t play our videos in other places, there was a BET that allowed us to be in our fullness, and to enjoy this night now, here, shine,” said the star.