In acknowledgment of his achievements to racial and social justice, Lil Baby received the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at Black Music Action Coalition’s second annual Music in Action Awards Gala earlier this week. The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills served as the venue for the event.
In Atlanta, Baby organizes an annual Back to School Fest where he gives away backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, and other things to thousands of kids. He also collaborated with Atlanta restaurateur Lemont Bradley earlier this year to support employment growth in his hometown.
“To even be acknowledged in music, let alone by a role model like Quincy Jones and the Black Music Action Coalition,” Lil Baby began with his acceptance speech.
He went on: “I honestly didn’t know what a humanitarian was, but as I looked into it and started reading, I understand that I’m actually humanitarian. I just want to say that I appreciate everybody in here because nothing that we doing or trying to do can be done by one person. It’s gonna take all of us to stick together and stay together.”
In another part of the ceremony, Kevin Liles of 300 Elektra Entertainment used his acceptance speech for the BMAC Social Impact Award to promote the Restoring Artistic Protection (RAP) Act law, which attempts to restrict the use of artistic expression as evidence in court.