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Entertainers often thank God for their honors during awards shows, but the acknowledgement was on level 10 at this year’s BET Awards. Whether it was in a thank you speech or teased in a performance, there were a handful of people who were not shy to share where their “help cometh from.” Feel free to scroll through the inspiring moments below…
1. In recognizing entertainers we lost in the past year, Tyrese Gibson shared a word from his pastor about being grateful for every breath because tomorrow isn’t promised.
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2. The reference could’ve been taken two ways, but the crosses in the doors on Maxwell’s set shined really bright during his performance.
3. At the end of his performance of “Bounce Back,” the beat faded out and Big Sean went into a passionate rap where he recognized God as his source.
4. For obvious reasons, Lecrae first thanked God in receiving his Best Gospel Artist award before noting his movement of bringing Christian messages into mainstream music.
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5. Chance the Rapper, who received the Humanitarian and Best New Artist award, wasted no time in shouting out his source in his thank you speech, opening with “thank you Jesus Christ.” He noted that although he’s only in his early 20s and feels he doesn’t deserve the award yet, that it must be a sign from God to push higher and not take the responsibility of the impact he has on his community lightly.
6. Kendrick Lamar actually offered words of encouragement to Chance upon accepting his own award Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, giving kudos to the Chicago rapper for his bravery in speaking highly of God in his transparent walk.
7. New Edition‘s Ronnie DeVoe thanks Jesus for 30+ years of sustainability upon accepting the Lifetime Achievement award with his fellow group members. Johnny Gill added, “God said He’ll never leave or forsake you,” amongst other things right before announcing a nationwide tour. Ricky Bell added, “His grace continues to be sufficient for us. He always does for us what we can’t do for ourselves.” Their inspirational words were followed by this epic performance featuring the cast of their BET biopic:
8. Remy Ma, who served six years in prison for assault, came out of jail and rebooted her rap career and won the award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, thanked God for a second chance.
9. And finally, Irv Gotti thanked God for being in the opportunity to be in the building and share the trailer for his new hip-hop anthology show, Tales, coming to BET on June 27, 2017.
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