Beyoncé and JAY-Z Show Sweet PDA and Give Inspiring Speeches at NAACP Image Awards
The couple was honored with prestigious awards at the NAACP Image Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Beyoncé, 37, was awarded the entertainer of the year prize, while JAY-Z, 49, took home the president’s award.
The couple even shared a sweet PDA moment in the audience, as JAY-Z gave his wife a kiss.
While Beyoncé opted for a white tuxedo dress paired with sky-high silver heels, JAY-Z wore a black suit and white shirt.
“Regina King, I love you so much,” the star said. “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. LeBron James has taught us strength of all forms in leading by example and providing education for our kids.”
“Ryan Coogler tells our stories in a way that celebrates our history and proves that we do have power at the box office, and I’m honored to be included among all of you and to a part of a vital, thriving, beautiful community,” she continued. “Thank you so much NAACP, God bless you. I hope y’all had a great night. Thank you.”
As JAY-Z took home the president’s award, he started his speech by evoking the words of former President Abraham Lincoln.
“Abraham Lincoln had a quote that said, ‘It’s not the amount of years in your life, it’s the amount of life in your years that count in the end,'” said JAY-Z.
The rapper also dedicated the award to his grandmother, Hattie White, along with Beyoncé.
“That quote, it embodies my beautiful grandmother, who I would like to dedicate this award to. Her name is Hattie White, she’s 93 years old,” he said. “She’s so full of life. Hattie White, amongst other accomplishments and being super great and very tough, raised seven kids in one little walk-up in Brooklyn.”
“I grew believing I could do anything,” he continued. “That I could accomplish anything because of those strong women in my house… I would like to dedicate this award to those beautiful women. I’d like to dedicate this award to the beautiful woman in my life, it’s Beyonce.”
On the television side, Black-ish dominated, taking home outstanding comedy series, as costars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross won best actor and actress in a comedy series, respectively. (Anderson also hosted the ceremony.)
Earlier in the week, the couple gave two other inspiring speeches, this time at the GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills.
At the ceremony on Thursday night, the singer and her husband were both honored with the Vanguard Award. GLAAD — a media monitoring organization that pushes for acceptance and inclusiveness — presents the award to LGBTQ allies who promote equal rights for the community.
In her acceptance speech, Beyoncé dedicated the award to her late uncle, who she revealed had died from complications related to HIV.
“We’re here to promote love for every human being, and change starts with supporting the people closest to you,” she began. “So let’s tell them they are loved, let’s remind them they are beautiful, let’s speak out and protect them, and parents — let’s love our kids in our truest form.”
“I want to dedicate this award to my uncle Johnny, the most fabulous gay man I have ever known, who helped raise me and my sister,” she shared. “He lived his truth and he was brave and unapologetic at a time when this country wasn’t as accepting.”
“Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived,” the singer continued, visibly emotional as JAY-Z put his hand lovingly on her back. “I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights.”
JAY-Z, in turn, dedicated the award to his mother Gloria Carter.
Last year, the rapper received the GLAAD Special Recognition Award for his song and video for “Smile,” which featured his mom, who recently came out as a lesbian.
“I want to honor my mother, who received the award last year,” he said. “I get to follow in her footsteps of spreading love and acceptance and her beautiful speech at the end of the song ‘Smile’ and for her allowing me to tell her story.”