Killer Mike is one of the most influential Hip Hop artists not only out of Atlanta but in the country. This has been a man who not only raps about the change we need and speaks on it, but his actions speak louder than words. Therefore, him being honored as the first-ever recipient of the Billboard Change Maker Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards is major. This award is well deserved. Killer Mike’s push for equality, social justice in the African American community has portrayed him as a powerful figure of responsibility and activism. This has been heavily demonstrated in the wake of the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks.
During his 20+ year music career, Killer Mike has been instrumental in movements leading nationwide voter registration initiatives and creating opportunities for Black businesses to thrive by educating civic leaders and youth in the community members on the importance of entrepreneurship and financial responsibility. He also has a show on Netflix titled Trigger Warning, which highlights Black businesses and shows how supporting them is essential in the American culture.
Datwon Thomas, MRC's VP, Cultural Media and Consulting Producer for the Billboard Music Awards stated, “This award highlights and recognizes the attributes of a true social justice warrior in the field of music who has made exemplary strides to lead the community in positive change making advocacy.” Who could think of someone more deserving?
Killer Mike, we thank you for your push and persistence towards equality and justice. With all that’s going on with surrounding the protests and movements as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Billboard Music Awards will be a breath of fresh air for all people around the country. With fire performances by Doja Cat, Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Sia, En Vogue and many more, as well as this legendary award going to Killer Mike, it will be a night we all will be talking about.
The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by TikTok and Xfinity, will air live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 14th at 8 P.M. EST on NBC.