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2017 BET Awards: 5 Of The Most Memorable Acceptance Speeches

Great words delivered by exceptional people.

Not only do acceptance speeches serve as opportunities for people to give thanks to everyone who saw them to their victories, but they also provide a platform to share in on what those victories personally represent. At the 2017 BET Awards, notable members from sectors across entertainment walked the main stage to claim their respective awards, some delivering words that would resonate in our minds long after returning to their seats. Below are some of our favorite speeches from Sunday night (June 25). Did yours make the cut?

Solange – Centric Award

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Presented by Burlington, The BET Centric Award recognizes neo-soul and R&B singers and is named after one of BET’s sister stations. This year, Solange Knowles came out on top with her song “Cranes In The Sky.” In true Solange fashion, the ethereal songstress first thanks the universe for “aligning the stars for this moment right here.” She also notes BET’s important representation of powerful women artists such as Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Erykah Badu – among others – as an incentive for her teenage self to dream bigger and aim higher.

Chance The Rapper – Humanitarian Award

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Chance The Humanitarian is recognized for his commitment to uplifting the youth of Chicago and making his hometown a better, safer place to grow his family. Among his contributions to the city, Chancelor Bennett donated one million dollars to the Chicago Public School system in 2016 to create an arts fund called Social Works. He also headed a project called Warmest Winter during which winter coats that double as sleeping bags were given to and produced by homeless people in Detroit and Chicago, to reduce hypothermic deaths and provide downtrodden citizens with a steady income. During his speech, the 24-year-old remarked on how he feels about garnering such an award so young. “It feels a little early to get something like this, but my God doesn’t make mistakes and I like to think that he’s putting this enormous pressure on me to see how I react.”

Yara Shahidi – YoungStars Award

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The YoungStars Award recognizes a rising star etching a distinctive path in their industry, and this year’s winner Yara Shahidi has definitely been laying the groundwork for greatness. The Black-ish star and recent Harvard University enrollee took the time allotted to recognize the birthday of Tamir Rice, who would have turned 15 years on Sunday, June 25, and to recognize the importance of celebrating blackness.

Kendrick Lamar – Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Award

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After the wild success of his fourth album DAMN., K-Dot being named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist came as a surprise to very few. During his speech, Lamar shared that his first mixtape Y.H.N.I.C was inspired by Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, who passed away June 20, 2017. “I was inspired to study my skills and work on my connection with my neighborhood and how can I inspire them the same way he inspired the streets.”

Remy Ma – Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award

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For anyone who questioned whether Remy Ma would snatch up the title of Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, the Bronx MC only had one question: “Are you dumb?” Remy also spit a few choice words in the form of a verse from her Nicki Minaj diss-track "shETHER." With this win, Remy has ended the “No Frauds” rapper’s seven-year winning streak in the category.

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Snoop Dogg Explains Why He Thanked Himself During 'Walk Of Fame' Speech

Snoop Dogg's Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony speech was undeniably Snoop. The Doggfather, who received a coveted star back in November 2018, thanked himself for everything leading up until that point.

"I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work," he said during the speech. "I wanna thank me for having no days off. I wanna thank me for never quitting. I wanna thank me for always been a giver and trying to give more than I receive. I want to thank me for trying to do more right than wrong. I want to thank me for just being me at all times.”

When discussing his prolific and lengthy career during a recent appearance on Ellen, he explained to the host exactly why he said what he said.

"The speech was, it was [a] spur of the moment," Snoop candidly stated. "I didn't really have time to come up with nothing, because I felt like the people that was there that were instrumental in my life– I wanted to speak to them."

"And then, I wanted to speak to myself because I felt like I was the one that did most of the work and I was the one that had to go out on the line and do it and make it happen," he continued. "So, I wanted to give myself some credit because– a lot of times– we fail to give ourselves a pat on the back, and I wanted to take that moment to thank myself for doing all the work I did to get to that point."

Can't knock that at all! Check out his explanation above, and his speech below.

Snoop Dogg: "I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work... Snoop Dogg you a bad motherf---er" https://t.co/NhwqManzAW pic.twitter.com/TbzBmMexmt

— Variety (@Variety) November 19, 2018

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Billy Ray Cyrus (L) and Lil Nas X pose backstage during the 2019 Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field on April 28, 2019 in Indio, California.
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Lil Nas X Gifts Billy Ray Cyrus A Maserati Because He's An Amazing Person

Prior to the success of "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X was a broke college student with $5.62 in his bank account. Now that the remix of the song, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week in a row, the hot new rapper has money to spend, and spend he does.

It was reported by TMZ that the 20-year-old crooner gifted his collaborator the red Maserati GranTurismo that appears in the music video of their song. With the help of food delivery service Postmates, Nas X had the car delivered to Cyrus' Los Angeles home. He rolled up to Cyrus' offering up the sports car to show his appreciation for the country singer hopping on his song.

"It's yours! 'Old Town Road' number 1 — seven weeks straight," Nas X announced to Cyrus, while decked out in tan cowboy boots and a matte black cowboy hat. In the video obtained by TMZ, Cyrus is visibly shocked by his new gift. "Wait a minute there's no way! 7 weeks! Wow man! That's.... Are you kidding me?! Are you serious man?"

 

After he got over his initial shock, Cyrus and Nas X took a spin in his new whip. Whether the two took a trip down the 'old town road,' or rode "down Rodeo," at least one thing is certain, they're one of the hottest co-collaborators out right now, and can't nobody tell 'em nothing...not even those protesting Wrangler for teaming up with the rapper.

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In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, Romeo Santos performs onstage at One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief at Marlins Park on October 14, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
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Romeo Santos Makes History As The First Latino Performer To Headline MetLife Concert

Romeo Santos is making history and his fans have the most to gain from it.

On September 21, Santos will perform at MetLife Stadium making him the first Latin artist to do so. The venue holds up to 80,00 seats, which is more than enough for Santos' fans who will go see the singer perform his recent number one album, Utopia.

The one-day event will be called, UTOPIA the Concert, and Santos, the King of Bachata has already taken to his social media to express his appreciation on being chosen to make history at the stadium.

"I've never performed in such a prestigious venue, not even when I was a part of Aventura or in my solo career," the 37-year-old said in a video posted to his Instagram account about his upcoming concert. The "Odio" singer shouldn't face too much of a challenge in filling up the MetLife stadium seats.

In 2014 he sold out two Yankee Stadium shows, the stadium holds over 50,000 people; during his Golden Tour he sold out New York's Madison Square Garden three times. His draw power is undeniably huge, so tickets may be hard to come by once they go on sale.

 

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Fans can expect Santos to perform hits from his Utopia album, which includes records with fellow Dominican singers Frank Reyes, Anthony Santos, Monchy & Alexandria, and his former group Aventura.

Ticket information is not yet available but is to be expected soon.

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