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Keke Palmer Paid Tribute To Chadwick Boseman While Hosting The 2020 VMAs

A true hero.

ICYMI, the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were held tonight, and as the first socially distanced "live" awards show in a corona world, they were full of memorable moments.

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See a full list of winners here.

And one of those moments was the show's tribute to Chadwick Boseman.

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The Black Panther actor died Friday at the age of 43 after being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, which later progressed to stage 4.

The show's host, Keke Palmer, began the night with a few words about the late actor.

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“Before we get into the music tonight," she began, "we need to take the time to talk about the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman."

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She continued, "An actor whose talent and passion is a true inspiration to all the fans he touched and everyone he encountered."

Chadwick accepting MTV movie award
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Keke concluded with, “We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many. He is a true hero, not just onscreen but in everything he did. His impact lives forever."

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MTV shared a separate tribute on Twitter, posting a clip of Chadwick's acceptance speech for Best Hero at 2018's Movie & TV Awards.

The world needs more superheroes, and we all deserve to see ourselves in them. Chadwick Boseman helped make that happen. Rest in power.

"Getting an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it's even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life," Chadwick said before dedicating his award to James Shaw Jr., who fought off a gunman at a Waffle House that year.

RIP, King 💔.

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