Countless celebrities have thanked God after receiving BET Awards throughout the years and Sunday's 2017 BET Awards celebration was no different.
The Christian Post is highlighting some of the moments where God was honored in speeches and messages shared with fans before and during the awards show.
1. New Edition's Lifetime Achievement Award
For the better part of 7 minutes, the veteran R&B group New Edition showcased their reverence for God when accepting their Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 BET Awards. After 35 years as a group, Ronnie DeVoe started his acceptance speech by thanking God that he, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins were still together.
"First of all we'd like to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ right now. Y'all can't understand 30 plus years in the music industry that will chew you up and spit you out," he said. "All six of us are standing on this stage right now. What an amazing thing."
Johnny Gill echoed similar sentiments, and cited Hebrew 13:5 and Isaiah 54:17, among other Bible verses in his speech.
"I just want to say all praises go to God because without Him we wouldn't be standing in front of you. We've been through some ups and we've been through some downs, but God said 'He will never leave you and He will never forsake you,'" Gill said when accepting the honors with his five group members. "So, some of you know what I'm talking about when He says, 'No weapon formed against us shall prosper.' That's why we're standing today and we give all praises to Him."
Group member Ricky Bell insists that the group's ability to make it through the years is a true testament of their faith.
"This is what faith looks like y'all. Being in New Edition is a continuous roller coaster ride," he said. "We go through a lot of ups, we go through a lot of downs, but His grace continues to be sufficient for us. He always does for us what we can't find the strength to do for ourselves, so I just want to give God all the praise."
2. Celebration of Gospel Live Event With One Church LA
For the first time in the awards show's history, the One Church LA megachurch led by Pastor Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes Roberts joined forces with the network to create an opportunity for praising and worshiping God before the airing of the show. In an event called Celebration of Gospel Live, people attended the Los Angeles Convention center for a free four-hour event featuring performances by singers Major., Tasha Cobbs, Jonathan McReynolds, Mali Music and Israel Houghton.
Those in attendance were also treated to a performance from the One Church LA dance ministry called One Movement. The dancers performed choreography created by A-list creative director Laurieann Gibson (Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga) who happens to be a member of the congregation.
Roberts said he was thankful to launch the event filled with music, dance performances, art and Scripture before the popular 2017 BET Awards show on Sunday.
"We're very thankful to BET for granting One Church LA an unbelievable platform to share our message during BET Weekend," he said in a statement obtained by The Christian Post. "We're making the most of this incredible opportunity with an unforgettable experience!"
Roberts' wife and co-pastor called the opportunity nothing short of amazing.
"It's a blessing to join forces with such amazing partners like BET," Sarah said. "It's an amazing opportunity to bring music, performance, and the Word together, and we've got some surprises in store. Can't wait to see you all there."
3. Chance The Rapper's Acceptance Speech for the 2017 BET Humanitarian Award
At 24 years old, Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chance The Rapper, acknowledged that receiving the 2017 BET Humanitarian Award at such a young age was unorthodox. Chance was given the award after vowing to donate $1 million to the Chicago, Illionis, education system last March.
While the independent artist understands that he's the youngest person in BET's 16-year award show history to receive the honor, he used his unrehearsed acceptance speech to shed light on the fact that it was God's plan taking place, not his own.
"I'm 24, and to be receiving something like this at my age is a little bit ... it feels a little early to get something like this, but my God doesn't make mistakes," he told the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday night. "I like to think that He's putting this enormous pressure on me to see how I'm going to react."
4. Kendrick Lamar Tells Chance The Rapper tp Keep God First
Kendrick Lamar accepted the BET award for the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist on Sunday night, but most of his acceptance speech was centered around God. Aside from giving God the glory for his award, the 30-year-old rapper honored his industry peer Chance The Rapper by giving him some advice.
"First off all, glory to God all the time. I got to say that," he said before turning his attention to Chance. " Second off, Chance The Rapper, congratulations bro wherever you're at in this crowd. What you're doing, you're just getting started, so keep God with you."
"Seriously. Simple as that."
Lamar then shared his formula for success.
"I've got my family, I've got my team, I've got God," he added. "Simple as that."