Chance The Rapper Receives Innovator Award at iHeartRadio Music Awards
At this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, Chance The Rapper was one of the artists presented with a preselected award. The 24-year-old rapper was selected to receive the Innovator Award for his work both in and outside of the music industry. This accolade is an honor dedicated to those who use their platform and financial resources to support philanthropic causes. And if there’s anyone that’s been killing the game in philanthropy, it’s definitely Chance The Rapper.
Pharrell Williams, a former recipient of the award, presented the trophy to Chance. The rapper-singer was being recognized for his “groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry and his unsurpassable contributions to social causes.”
The iHeartRadio Music Award committee also credited Chance with using his voice to fight for youth empowerment through the arts, education, and civic engagement through his nonprofit organization, SocialWorks. The nonprofit organization actually received a $1 million donation from Google last year to go toward the cultivating of talent and creativity for kids in Chicago. Last year, Chance also donated $1 million dollars to Chicago public schools to support art and enrichment programs, talk about always giving back to his hometown!
While accepting his accolade, Chance stated, “I asked my man Pat [Corcoran] why they would be honoring me, and we had a conversation about musical identity, musical liberation, independence, and freedom, and that’s something that we’ve stood on for a long time. That’s something that we didn’t create though; we didn’t innovate that idea. Musicians were free when this whole thing started.”
The Chi-Town native then went on to name several musical influences and peers whose own paths in the industry have paved the way for independence in the musical landscape, including James Brown, Ray Charles, Prince, Nicki Minaj,
Check out the acceptance speech down below: