Michelle Obama to honor Beyonce during Billboard Music Awards

Laura Donovan Contributor
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“Bootylicious” singer Beyonce will been given the Millennium Award at Sunday evening’s Billboard Music Awards and will be honored by first lady Michelle Obama and several other musicians.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Obama, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Bono and Stevie Wonder will all pay a tribute to the pop and film sensation during the Las Vegas show.

Beyonce’s connection to the first family stems back to President Barack Obama’s inauguration gathering, where she performed Etta James’ “At Last,” which was met with much criticism from the esteemed jazz artist. Earlier this year, Beyonce collaborated with the first lady and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) for the “Let’s Move!” anti-obesity campaign, which aims to prevent childhood obesity. For the project, Beyonce provided music and made an instructional video demonstrating dance moves for junior high school students nationwide to learn.

“I am excited to be part of this effort that addresses a public health crisis,” Beyonce said in a March statement. “First Lady Michelle Obama deserves credit for tackling this issue directly, and I applaud the NAB Education Foundation for trying to make a positive difference in the lives of our schoolchildren.”

Earlier in May, Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Alice Deal Middle School and started a dance-off with teens and pre-teens to get them energized about healthy eating and work-out habits. Obama jumped up and down, clapped, and did the contemporary “Dougie” and “Running Man” to Beyonce’s “Move Your Body.” That day, the first lady grooved to a child-friendly version of Beyonce’s tune, “Get Me Bodied,” which was altered specifically for the “Let’s Move!” effort.