JAY-Z just added another trophy to his collection.
The “Empire State of Mind” rapper was honoured with the President’s Award during the 50th NAACP Image Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, and his lady love, Beyonce, was right by his side.
Taking the stage to accept the award, presented to him by NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Jay was sharply dressed in a black double-breasted suit. The hip-hop mogul began his speech by quoting Abraham Lincoln, “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” He then dedicated his award to his 93-year-old grandmother, Hattie White, who is “so full of life. Hattie White, amongst other accomplishments and being super great and very tough, raised seven kids in one little walk up.”
Explaining that they all grew up in that same household, the rapper shared his grandmother’s story and praised her for living her life to the fullest.
“I grew believing I could do anything. That I could accomplish anything because of those strong women in my house,” he expressed, also mentioning his mother, Gloria Carter. “I would like to dedicate this award to those beautiful women. I’d like to dedicate this award to beautiful women in my life, it’s Beyonce.”
“Just because of the white suit,” he nervously added, as Beyonce smiled at her husband from her seat.