Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night in order to present an award to former NFL player turned activist, Colin Kaepernick.
The surprise cameo was led by an introduction from Comedy Central's Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who secretively introduced Queen Bey as "a friend who admired Colin Kapernick so much she asked me to sneak her in."
Taking the opportunity to speak out to individuals who still don't understand why Kaepernick took a knee, Beyoncé explained:
"It’s been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism we’re protesting America.
But let’s be very clear -- Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selflessly serve and protect our country and our communities and our families.
His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”
On top of clarifying some misconceptions, Bey took time to thank Kaepernick for his "selfless heart," "conviction," and his "personal sacrifice," putting his own livelihood on the back burner so that he could further his call for racial equality in the United States.
Upon receiving the award, Kaepernick explained:
"I accept this award, not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love for the people, I would not have protested. And if were not for the support of the people, I would not be on this stage today.
He ended his speech expressing that "with or without the NFL's platform," he would continue to work for the people, who have supported him and which he will continue to support.