Lil Baby to Receive Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award

Atlanta native and Grammy nominee rapper Lil Baby State Farm Arena on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Robb Cohen for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Robb Cohen for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta native has been putting in the work, and now he’s being honored for it.

Lil Baby will be honored with the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the second annual Music in Action Awards Gala, hosted by the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC). The ceremony aims to celebrate artists, executives, entrepreneurs, businesses, companies and activists that have used their platforms to bring about social change over the past year. The BMAC is honoring Lil Baby for his contribution to racial and social justice inside and outside of the music industry with the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award.

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If you don’t know everything that Lil Baby has been doing to help out the community, I’ll fill you in. It was just a few weeks ago that Lil Baby hosted his third annual “Back to School Fest” at Atlanta’s West End Mall. The rapper and entrepreneur teamed up with Goodr to provide more than 3,000 local children with music, games, carnival rides, food, backpacks, school supplies and haircuts. Lil Baby also recently established the $150,000 “My Turn” scholarship program for students at his former high school, as well as working with Atlanta restaurateur, Lemont Bradley, to offer 100 jobs to young adults.

Other nominees during the award show include music manager David Ali, Variety’s executive editor of music Shirley Halperin, Billboard’s executive director of R&B/hip-hop Gail Mitchell, chairman and CEO of Sony Music Publishing Jon “Big Jon” Platt, CEO of 300 Entertainment Kevin Liles, Amazon Music, the Recording Academy, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, attorney and author Brittany K. Barnett, Culture Creators’ Joi Brown and finally, Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

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“The BMAC Music In Action Awards are the only awards of its kind in the music industry,” said Caron Veazey, BMAC Co-Founder and Co-Chair. “It is a feel-great event where we come together not to celebrate our own individual accomplishments, but to celebrate what the honorees have given to, and done for, others. The road we have all been driving on toward racial and social justice has been long, it’s been uphill, and it definitely has not been easy. So, to take an evening out to shine a light on those who have given of themselves to make a way for someone else, is a welcome rest stop on the freeway to Equality.”

The Music in Action Awards Gala is taking place on Sept. 22 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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