Kanye West was among several African-American luminaries to be celebrated at the 2015 BET Honors. The seventh annual event took place at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC last month, and was aired on BET on Monday night. Other honorees included Usher, Microsoft chairman John Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and National Museum of African Art director Johnnetta B. Cole.
Kanye was given the Visionary Award for being a “dynamic and prominent voice in hip-hop” as well as “a highly regarded creative.” He was introduced by Dame Dash, the man responsible for signing Kanye to Roc-A-Fella Records in 2002. (The two had a public falling out after Kanye sided with Jay Z during the Roc-A-Fella split.) Kanye was then honored with a tribute video featuring interviews with Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar.
After accepting his award, Kanye said, “Well seeing that, I think for maybe one of the first times in my life I understand how it is to feel humble.” During his speech, he discussed his relationship with Louis Farrakhan, success, family, and racism, among other topics.
Watch video of the tribute and Kanye’s speech below.