Nas Kicks Off Grammy Weekend With Spotlight Award From New York Mayor’s Office
Nas will receive the Spotlight Award for his genre-shifting contributions to the hip-hop community.
Today, Jan. 27, marks the second day of Grammy Weekend (if you didn’t see our PJ Morton x Gumbo: Unplugged video, do so now!) and audiophiles all over Gotham are getting it in. One particular person is Nasir Jones, better known as Nas, who will receive the Spotlight Award for his three-decade career in hip-hop.
The presentation from New York City’s mayor’s office will take place today at Lucian Grainge’s artist showcase and will be hosted by Universal Music Group. “I’m really honored by this award,” Nas said of the recognition via press release. “Anyone who knows me, knows what New York City means to me and this is special because of that connection. I want to send a special thank you to the Mayor’s office, Lucian and Michele.”
Michele Anthony, who serves as an executive at Universal Music, believes that Nas “personifies” New York. “A storyteller of urban life straight out of Queensbridge, [Nas] and his recordings and songwritings are storied, Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling. But even that doesn’t encapsulate who he is: a rapper, producer; poet; philanthropist; and entrepreneur. On behalf of all of us at UMG, congratulations to Nas on his well-deserved recognition as recipient of the New York Spotlight Award.”