Common Pays Tribute to Diamond Reynolds at VH1 Hip Hop Honors

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Monday's show was a tribute to the women of hip hop.

Common attended VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens to pay tribute to Queen Latifah, but he also spoke out about the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I also want to take this moment to honor all the sisters who have been on the front lines in our ongoing movement for justice," he said during the televised event Monday night. "I'm talking about Fannie Lou Hamer, Diane Nash, Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Shirley Chisholm, I'm talking about the Black Lives Matter founders."

He continued, "And I'm also talking about everyday women. Women like Diamond Reynolds, who filmed the police killing [Philando Castile]. Who tried to calmly de-escalate the deadly situation and hours later was at her governor's mansion, demanding justice."

Reynolds filmed the aftermath of boyfriend Castile's shooting by police in Minnesota on Facebook Live.

"Black women: we see you, we love you," Common said. "We are with you and we believe in your leadership. With all this goin' on, we need to elect more black women as leaders."

The 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, which honored Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa for their successes in a male-dominated hip hop industry, made its return after a six-year hiatus. 

Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza and Darnell Moore opened the show, which aired live from New York's David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center on July 11.

Watch Common's speech below.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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