The President’s Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) has been awarded to music legend JAY-Z (Real name Shawn Carter).
Derrick Johnson, the President of the association, in a statement revealed that the award will be presented to the star on Saturday at the LA’s Dolby Theater.
With the award, JAy-Z will join the likes of Danny Glover, Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Condoleezza Rice, and Muhammad Ali as recipients of the award.
According to the statement Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law, utilizing his global platform to create everlasting change. There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honor him with this award.
With 22 Grammy awards and about 100 million records worldwide sold out, JAY-Z has shown the world that he is an inspiring musician and a business mogul.
Through his foundation, the Shawn Carter Foundation, and The Reform Alliance, JAY-Z has made a tremendous impact on the black community in the US.
The President’s Award is an honor we carefully bestow upon an individual, maintaining its significance and commitment to recognizing excellence in service that directly affects our community.