On Sept. 23, The Weeknd will receive the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award during the first-ever Music in Action Awards, hosted by the Black Music Action Coalition.
The event, set to take place at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood, California, will honor musicians, music executives and music businesses that have made significant contributions to social justice, change and/or equity in the last year. The BMAC will also present the Berry Gordy Social Impact Award, Clarence Avant Trailblazer Award and Agent of Change Award to other honorees.
Within the last year, The Weeknd has given millions of dollars toward several causes, including racial justice. Last June, he donated $200,000 each to both the Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Legal Defense Camp. The Weeknd also donated $100,000 to the National Bail Out Collective. Last June, the “Blinding Lights” hitmaker gave $500,000 to hospital workers of the Scarborough Health Network in his native Canada amid the pandemic and an additional $500,000 to MusiCares, the philanthropic partner of the Recording Academy. Two months prior in April, The Weeknd announced that he would donate $1 million for hunger relief in his parents’ native Ethiopia.