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2020 High Note Global Prize Recipient John Legend

In recognition of his social justice advocacy throughout his career, John Legend has been named the 2020 High Note Global Prize Recipient.

The High Note Global Initiative celebrates artists that promote social justice through their music. Musicians have been at the vanguard of the fight for human rights, touching upon topics from education to extreme poverty, gender identity to racism, sexism to ageism, and environmental to access to health.

In order to inspire musicians to continue to use their artistic gifts to promote human rights around the world, the High Note Global Prize was created to celebrate an iconic artist every year who has promoted social justice causes for at least a decade.

This unique global award is supported by United Nations Human Rights, and renowned music organizations that include the GRAMMY Museum and Rolling Stone.

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

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