Queen Latifah, who is arguably one of hip-hop’s hottest most treasured MCs, was honored with the 2021 BET Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Black music and pop culture.
Latifah is unlike everyone else. Since her arrival on the scene in the late 1980s, the hip-hop legend has been in a class by herself. The multitalented diva renamed herself after an Arabic phrase that means "gentle, sensitive, and kind."
She turned 50 this year and has exemplified those values throughout her career while inspiring women to uplift themselves via creativity.
Her music has always been praised for its feminist underpinnings—U.N.I.T.Y., for example, expresses her demand for universal respect—but her influence extends beyond her career.
She's helped to open doors for women who aren't sample size in the music, fashion and film world.