At Sunday night’s (June 25) BET Awards, Chance the Rapper not only took home the award for best new artist (beating out 21 Savage, Cardi B, Khalid and Young M.A.), but was also awarded the Humanitarian Award.
“I just love everything about him,” BET Networks’ president Debra Lee said prior to presenting Chance with the award, making him the youngest recipient yet. Before Chano came onstage, a video played detailing his efforts in Chicago to better education and funding in the public schools and his nonprofit Social Works. A special message from Michelle Obama then played after, in which she told the audience she and Barack have known Chance since he was “a wee little baby rapper.”
Once Chance finally held the award in his hands, he for once appeared speechless. “This is wildly overwhelming,” he said. “I didn’t prepare a speech because I wanted to speak from my heart. I’m 24 and to be receiving something like this at my age feels good as hell.”
He continued to share his hopes to travel overseas and have a global impact by “helping people all over the world.” “I’m a good man,” Chance said, “but I’m going to become a better man.”