While Jesse Williams deserves plenty of praise for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey's Anatomy, it's his work away from the camera that will be recognized this weekend.

E! News can exclusively confirm that the actor will receive the Humanitarian Award at this Sunday's 2016 BET Awards

Throughout the past year and beyond, Jesse has used his celebrity platform to shine a light on the Black Lives Matter movement. During Ferguson, he stood with thousands of protesters in hopes that Mike Brown's death would not be in vain.

He wrote articles for CNN and The Huffington Post where he expressed his frustration with the system. In fact, he even had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama earlier in the year.

"Jesse has proven to be a true pioneer of our generation," BET said in a statement. "[He] is a refreshing new face of activism during a time of crisis in this country."

Jesse's award at Sunday's broadcast is just the beginning for what is expected to be a star-studded awards show.

With Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross returning as hosts, viewers can expect musical performances from Usher, Alicia Keys, Future and more.

But perhaps what is gaining the most buzz is the highly anticipated tribute for the late singer Prince. Earlier this month, BET announced that Sheila E., The Roots, D'Angelo and Janelle Monáe will appear in the special live performance, along with other musicians who have yet to be announced.

Back in 2010, Prince received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award making this year's tribute that much more meaningful and special.  

The 2016 BET Awards air live from the Microsoft Theatre this Sunday at 8 p.m. EST only on BET. 

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