JAY-Z To Be Honored With NAACP President's Award

By Hayden Brooks

March 29, 2019

On Thursday (March 28), the same day that he and Beyoncé received GLAAD's Vanguard Award for their advocacy of the LGBTQ community, it was announced that JAY-Z will be honored with the NAACP's President's Award at the 50th NAACP Image Awards. The ceremony is set to take place at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater on Saturday.

"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," NAACP president Derrick Johnson said in a press release for the big announcement. "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," he continued. "There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honor him with this award."

Among some of the previous recipients of the NAACP's President's Award include Danny Glover, Spike Lee, Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Muhammad Ali.

In addition to the award, the hip-hop titan and Bey are nominated for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for their work as The Carters, Outstanding Music Video for "APESH*T" and Outstanding Album for EVERYTHING IS LOVE. The 50th NAACP Image Awards will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and include presenters Lupita Nyong'o, Sanaa Lathan, Viola Davis, Winston Duke, Kerry Washington, and more. Catch the ceremony live on Saturday on TV One at 9 PM ET.

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