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Alicia Keys presents the award for best male video at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. (Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Grammy Awards are not the only thing Alicia Keys is winning.
The singer was awarded Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for the year and described it as “one of the most proud moments of my life.”
“Especially as an activist, as a woman, here in this world, who is driven to recognize the injustice in the world and recognize the unfairness, the inequality, the things that have to change, the ways that we, as everyday people, all of us, have a part to play in that,” said the singer in a statement as quoted by People.
She continued, “[This award] encourages me to continue to speak out against injustice and use my platform to draw attention to the issues that matter to me.”
Keys received the award, which will be officially presented to her on May 27 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for her co-founding and work with Keep a Child Alive (KCA), a foundation that works toward the “end of AIDS for children and their families, by combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV,” according to its website.
In addition to KCA, Keys helped launch the We Are Here Movement, an organization that focuses on equality, racial justice and climate consciousness, among other issues.
“It’s always been way more impactful — even in part of my speech tonight, I talk about how the children who don’t receive access to the medicine that Keep a Child Alive provides oftentimes won’t reach two years old,” said Keys to People during the KCA’s annual Black Ball last October. (sul/kes)
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