Beyoncé receiving humanitarian award for work with underserved communities

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is being honored with the BET Humanitarian Award at the network’s 20th annual awards ceremony later this week.

The network announced Thursday that it would be honoring the Grammy award-winning artist at its awards show Sunday, citing her charitable work through her BeyGOOD initiative and her recent efforts “for the #IDIDMYPART mobile testing initiative to encourage residents in Houston in Black and brown communities, disproportionately affected by COVID-19, to know their status.”

“She has also donated to support organizations on the ground helping to meet basic health and mental needs in vulnerable communities, affected by the crisis,” the network continued in the announcement. 


“For Juneteenth, following the release of her latest song, 'Black Parade,' Beyoncé announced the creation of BeyGOOD’s Black Business Fund, administered by the National Urban League, to support Black-owned small businesses,” the company continued.

The star also joined Megan Thee Stallion on a remix of her hit track "Savage" earlier this year as part of an effort to raise money to back coronavirus relief efforts in their hometown of Houston.

The announcement also comes roughly a week after Beyoncé penned an open letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman who was fatally shot by police in her own home in Louisville earlier this year.

Past recipients of the award include Nipsey Hussle, who was honored posthumously last year, Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King, Anthony Borges, James Shaw Jr. and Jesse Williams.