For the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, Houston rapper Trae The Truth will obtain the second-ever Change Maker Award for his philanthropic work and social justice advocacy. His recognition comes after Killer Mike, who was honored as the primary Change Maker recipient on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. 

Trae might be offered with the glory by designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ms.Tina Knowles-Lawson through the Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Sunday (Could 23) at 8 PM ET. 

“The sensation hasn’t absolutely settled in however to be acknowledged at a degree is so superb,” Trae tells BET.com in an interview. “I argue with folks on a regular basis, I don’t suppose I’m an activist. I’m Trae. Those that know me know I’ve all the time been a fighter. I’ve all the time had one of many largest hearts. I’ve all the time stood for one thing,” he continues. 

The 40-year-old Houston native has had his toes on the bottom in his neighborhood and has introduced aid everywhere in the Texas metropolis for the final 20 years. 

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“I’ve been doing this,” Trae mentioned. “I believe it’s simply that social media [put its] magnifying glasses [on it].

From founding his charity Angel By Nature within the early 2000s that’s geared toward serving to the youth of Texas, Trae additionally created The Aid Gang to offer catastrophe aid to households after Hurricane Harvey destroyed his Houston neighborhood in 2017.

The mom of singer-songwriters, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, Tina Knowles-Lawson additionally shares a ardour for philanthropy and most just lately launched the non-profit WACO Theater Middle in Los Angeles, which is “devoted to the empowerment of artists inside a diversified pool of LA communities” in accordance with her biography.

Along with her WACO Theater Middle in LA, Ms. Tina’s Wearable Artwork Gala is scheduled for subsequent yr, the branded signature occasion blends the worlds of artwork, trend and leisure.

Tune in to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (Could 23) at 8 PM ET on NBC.