This year, Caribbean-born singer Rihanna took home the Rock Star Award and delivered a fantastic acceptance speech, expressing gratitude both for her win and for the event itself.
In a world that “doesn't celebrate [black women] enough,” Rihanna explained, having an event like Black Girls Rock! shows young black girls their accomplishments do matter.
More importantly, the awards show features dozens of wildly successful women of color whom black girls can look up to as they grow.
Watch RiRi's acceptance speech up top and catch the full show Tuesday, April 5 at 8 pm on BET.