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Ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the United States national anthem past year in a protest over race equality.

The "Flawless" hitmaker concluded: "We're still waiting for the world to catch up.His message is exclusively focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people".

Suspense was built for the R&B superstar's appearance, as the Daily Show's Trevor Noah began referencing a mystery guest as "a friend who admired Colin Kaepernick so much she asked me to sneak her in".

The "Me Too" Movement, which brought widespread national attention to the issues of sexual assault and harassment, was selected as Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2017.

The 20-time Grammy victor shared her gratitude for the 30-year-old athlete, who helped start a movement when he took a knee during the national anthem throughout the 2016-17 NFL season, to protest racial inequality and police violence against African Americans. Last night (December 5), Beyoncé turned up at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony to hand out a particularly special award.

"The picture of Beyoncé and Colin Kaepernick just saved 2017", said one commenter on Twitter.

"He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African Americans their opportunities to equal education, jobs, health and even their lives", Abdul-Jabbar said.

Kaepernick became the target of President Donald Trump as Trump sustained a campaign of attack against the National Football League player and the other athletes he inspired to take a knee. So let's be very clear. "Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selfless serve and protect our country and our communities and our families", she said. His message is exclusively focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. If it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. "Let's not get that mistaken". "If it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested".

However, rather than simply thanking SI for giving him the award, Kaepernick's acceptance speech consisted of a doubling-down on his social justice activism.

The awards were taped Tuesday night and will air Friday on NBCSN and Saturday on Univision Deportes Network.