BET aired its 10th annual Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Tuesday night, celebrating black girls and women who rock! Shonda Rhimes, Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”), Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”), Gladys Knight, Rihanna and the women behind the Black Lives Matter movement were among those honored at the event. Check out some of our favorite moments from the show below!
When Monica Brown was joined by her mini-me at the end of her performance. The singer performed her Code Red single “Alone in Your Heart”, and had some ballerinas as her backup dancers. Brown’s daughter, Laiyah Brown, just happened to be one of her ballerinas.
When Shonda Rhimes accepted the Shot Caller Award and during her acceptance speech, she spoke directly to her daughter Harper, telling her that she brought her to the event “to sit in a room with you and feel the energy that’s here”.
“Because she and you are the ones who count, the ones who matter,” said Rhimes of the young people in the audience. “It’s the minute someone starts giving you awards, you are more history than future. But your slates are blank, your paths are clear and your stories are whatever you decide they’re going to be.”