On Saturday night, Beyoncé and JAY-Z strolled into the NAACP Image Awards, probably knowing good and well that they were stunting on all of us. The husband and wife of 10 years attended the Hollywood occasion looking like a million bucks as Bey modeled a white structured dress and Jay rocked a black double-breasted suit. The two remained close throughout the night, giving each other a sweet kiss during the show and posing for a snapshot while holding hands.
At the event, JAY-Z was honored with the president’s award for his efforts to combat racism and uplift the black community. The rapper took the stage to accept the award and delivered an emotional speech about the people in his life who have continued to inspire him. He specifically mentioned the impact his grandmother Hattie White and other women in his family had on his career. “I grew up believing I could do anything. I could accomplish anything because of those strong women in my house, so I’d like to dedicate this award to those beautiful women,” he said. He went on to thank his wife, adding, “I’d like to dedicate this award to the beautiful woman in my life, Beyoncé.”
JAY-Z – whose real name is Shawn Carter – has been a social justice advocate for years, often using his platform to promote equality. His organization, the Shawn Carter Foundation, was founded by him and his mother, Gloria Carter, in 2003. The network helps students with socio-economic obstacles attend college. Among many other things, he also co-founded the REFORM Alliance, a nonprofit that helps reduce the number of people who are unjustly affected by the criminal justice system.
Beyoncé also won the entertainer of the year award and delivered a speech that paid tribute to the other nominees in the category. “Regina King, I love you so much. You taught us patience, persistence, and how to be masterful in your craft. Chadwick Boseman is teaching children to dream and to see themselves as kings,” she said. Beyoncé then expressed her gratitude, adding, “I’m honored to be included among all of you and to a part of a vital, thriving, beautiful community.”
The president’s award and the entertainer of the year award are two more honors JAY-Z and Beyoncé have received within the past few days. On March 28, they accepted the vanguard award at the GLAAD Media Awards. The merit was in recognition of their support for the LGBTQ+ community. At the gathering, Beyoncé also gave a heartfelt speech about her family as well as the importance of showing love.
Bey and Jay aren’t just making money moves – they’re making power moves for the greater good of society and looking fierce while doing it. Ahead, watch JAY-Z’s full speech and view pictures from their night at the NAACP Image Awards!