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Chance honored by Obama, '90s nostalgia rules at BET Awards

Chance honored by Obama, '90s nostalgia rules at BET Awards

Watch performances from the 2017 BET Awards below.

The musician, who received a surprise video message from former First Lady Michelle Obama before he took to the stage, said he planned to make the the world a better place in a moving speech at the Los Angeles ceremony.

At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper was honored as a humanitarian during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, with accolades from the Obamas to Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar took home the award for best male hip hop artist and paid tribute to Mobb Deep's Prodigy, who died last week. "You can make mistakes and come back".

Last night the "Formation" performer took home an incredible five BET Awards, including Album of the Year for her critically acclaimed sixth studio album Lemonade, Video of the Year for its second single "Sorry" and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.

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Introducing Chance on the night, she said: "We are so incredibly proud of you, Chance".

The R&B band performed a medley of their songs "Mr Telephone Man", "Can You Stand The Rain" and "If It Isnt Love".

"So in the midst of this celebration, I'd love to honor his life", Shahidi said.

A special Lifetime Achievement honour was bestowed upon New Editions Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Johnny Gill, who spoke of faith and weathering "highs and lows" during a career that dates back to the 1980s.

Like clockwork, the BET Awards are here again.

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"My arm pits are sweating so much right now", said Solange, who also thanked BET for showing her "queens" like Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu and others during her teenage years.

She said: "In addition to making unbelievable music, Chance has been using that big bright spotlight that follows him around and has been shining it on young people in our home town of Chicago".

Still Beyonce had words to share when she won the viewers' choice award through a young duo, Chloe x Halle, that the pop star asked to pick up her award. She reportedly had her twins earlier this month, but she hasn't publicly commented on it.

Migos is also nominated for video of the year for "Bad and Boujee".

Comedian-actress Leslie Jones of "Saturday Night Live" will host the show, which is set to feature performances by Blige, Brown, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Maxwell, New Edition, Future, Xscape, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane and El DeBarge.

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