Lil Baby continues to gain recognition as an artist on and off stage. On Thursday night, the rapper was presented with the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the second annual Music in Action Awards gala to benefit the Black Music Action Coalition. According to Billboard, Baby received the award for his racial and social justice efforts. Roommates, you’ll know that Baby is faithful to giving back to the community.
The award highlighted its annual “Back to School Party” at Atlanta’s West End Mall. The festival partnered with Goodr, where they provided music, games, carnival rides, food, backpacks, school supplies and haircuts to more than 3,000 local children. In addition, Baby also worked with Atlanta restaurateur Lemont Bradley to offer 100 jobs to young adults and established the $150,000 “My Turn” scholarship program for students from her former high school.
The ‘My Turn’ rapper took the stage to accept his award and received a round of applause from the 600-strong crowd. Dressed in a black suit, Baby said:
“Honestly, I didn’t know what a humanitarian was, but when I researched it and started reading, I understood that I am actually a humanitarian.” He added: “I just want to say that I appreciate everyone here because nothing that we are doing or trying to do can be done by one person. It will take us all to come together and stay together.”
The gala was a star-studded event. Throughout the night, additional awards were distributed via video by presenters, including Anthony Hamilton, as well as Brandy, Chuck D and D Nice. Other highlights of the evening include 300 Entertainment’s Kevin Liles and Harvey Mason jr. of the Recording Academy, Panos A. Panay and former Co-President Valeisha Butterfield Jones receiving the Social Impact Awards.
Congratulations, Lil Baby!