Queen Latifah was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2021 BET Awards. On Sunday, an all-female tribute consisting of Moni Love, MC Lyte, Lil Kim and Rapsody performed “Ladies First” and “U-N-I-T-Y” ahead of Latifah’s emotional speech. 

“I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine, when we couldn’t get played on the radio and other places,” she said. “We couldn’t get our videos played in other places; there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness and to shine."

If for any reason you might find yourself uncertain, here's exactly why Latifah's Sunday award was a bit more than deserved.