Chance the Rapper was awarded the BET Humanitarian Award on Sunday night and he delivered a speech that had the audience and viewers intoxicated.Repeatedly mentioning that at the age of 24 he did not feel he was deserving of the award but that by accepting he would become an even better man. He is the youngest recipient of this award to date. Previous winners include: Jesse Williams, Al Sharpton, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and Muhammad Ali.
The award is in tribute to him “positively impacting both local and national communities.” Previously he has pledged to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, worked on President Obama’s criminal justice program, and raised more than $2 million for his SocialWorks organization. Also mentioned in his speech, he would like to take his efforts outside of his community in Chicago and further help the people of the world.
Before he took the stage, a message from former First Lady Michelle Obama was shown and awed Chance, praising him for his efforts in bettering the education of Chicago children. “Chance is showing our young people that they matter. That they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed … I can think of no better legacy to leave. And I am thrilled to celebrate you here tonight and honored to call myself your friend” Obama said.
Touched by her words, Chance claimed the stage for an much improvised speech.
“It feels a little early to get something like this,” he said. “But my God doesn’t make mistakes.”
The audience stirring with emotion, the internet exploding, Chance speaking straight from the heart about his continued efforts in and outside of the Chicago community.
“My God is putting the pressure on me so I can become who I’m supposed to be. I’m a good man, and I’m gonna become a better man.”