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Watch Chance The Rapper deliver powerful speech at the BET Awards

Watch Chance The Rapper deliver powerful speech at the BET Awards”

"I'm a good man, and I'm going to become a better man".

Rapper and philanthropist Chance the Rapper was awarded the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards this weekend.

Everyone at the BET Awards was on their feet and cheering for Chance after he gave his acceptance speech.

The four-hour award show was hosted by comedian Leslie Jones, who keep the laughs coming.

DJ Khaled's 8-month-old son, who has already amassed nearly one million followers on Instagram, was on stage for his dad's performance of "I'm the One", alongside Quavo, Lil Wayne and Chance the Rapper.

Chance's humanitarian award was preceded by a tribute clip featuring appearances by Jesse Williams and Common, and later a taped introduction by former First Lady Michelle Obama, who called him "an outstanding role model" and "an inspiration to people who care about our next generation".

"In addition to making some really unbelievable music, Chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around and he's shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago", Obama continued.

As for Chance himself, he said that he felt the moment was "wildly overwhelming".

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She added: "We are so incredibly proud of you Chance".

"And like I said, being 24 and getting something like this, it doesn't feel deserved yet".

Jones managed to keep the crowd laughing during her many jokes and outfit changes throughout the night.

Remy Ma took home the award for best female hip hop artist.

Beyonce also won the award of video director of the year for "Sorry" and shared the honour with Kahlil Joseph, reported Deadline.

A special Lifetime Achievement honour was bestowed upon New Edition's Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Johnny Gill, who spoke of faith and weathering "highs and lows" during a career that dates back to the 1980s.

"30-plus years in the music industry will chew you up and spit you out, but all six of us are standing onstage right now", said Ricky Bell before the group performed a medley of their hits.

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