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(CNN) Rapper and social activist Killer Mike has been announced as the first recipient of the Billboard Change Maker Award.
The announcement was made Monday by Dick Clark Productions and NBC which will host the upcoming Billboard Awards.
The award “honors the artist or group that speaks truth to power through their music, celebrity and community.”
“They are socially conscious, politically aware, active in their community and charitable with time, money and/or influence to improve the lives of others,” according to a news release about the announcement.
“Killer Mike’s dedication to equality, social justice and financial literacy in the Black community has catapulted him as a headlining figure of social responsibility and activism, as demonstrated in the wake of the slayings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks.”