JAY-Z took home the President’s Award during the 50th NAACP Image Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood Saturday night. The hip-hop mogul accepted the honor by making a quick joke and proceeded on by dedicating the prestigious award to his “beautiful grandmother,” Hattie White.
“I think I’ll start by saying a quote by our very humble and kind-hearted president,” he then paused for a few moments before continuing. “I was talking about Donald Glover.”
The prolific rapper went on to quote the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, saying, “It’s not the amount of years in your life. It’s the amount of life in your years that count in the end. That quote, it embodies my beautiful grandmother, who I would like to dedicate this award to. Her name is Hattie White. She’s 93 years old.”
The MC gushed about his grandmother, revealing they both grew up in the same household and described her as “so full of life.”
“Hattie White, amongst other accomplishments, being super great and very tough, she raised seven kids, one little walk up in Brooklyn. 615 Lexington, started my life,” he On top of that, her kids had kids and we all were raised in the same house. One household.”
He admitted he originally had another speech prepared, but after a phone call with his grandmother, he decided to change it since she was such a pivotal facet of his life. During his conversation with her, he asked her how much money she made and she said, “’$20 a week. No, it was fine. You could do a lot with $20 in those days.’ And with that sort of attitude, that’s the way I grew up.”
“I grew up believing I could do anything. I could accomplish anything because of those strong women in my house, so I’d like to dedicate this award to those beautiful women. I’d like to dedicate this award to the beautiful women in my life.”