Beyoncé Invited The Mothers Of Police Violence Victims To The VMAs

It was a powerful statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter.

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Beyoncé’s VMAs performance was one of this year’s most anticipated, and she managed to make a powerful statement hours before even getting on stage. In addition to bringing along her daughter, Blue Ivy, and the cast members of her critically acclaimed visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé invited the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and Mike Brown to the awards ceremony.

Martin, Garner, Grant and Brown were all shot dead by police in high profile incidents that sparked the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The four women, Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, Wanda Johnson, and Lesley McSpadden-Head all featured on Lemonade. 

In July Beyoncé appeared in a video, along with Drake, Alicia Keys and other black celebrities, protesting the spate of police shootings and calling for justice.

Lemonade is up for a number of awards at today’s event.