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The Weeknd Got Teary Recalling a Quincy Jones Life Lesson at Award Show

“He [taught] me a lesson that nothing is more important than the people and giving back is always better than receiving,” singer says at Black Music Action Coalition’s Music in Action award show

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: The Weeknd attends the Music in Action Awards Ceremony hosted by The Black Music Action Coalition at 1 Hotel West Hollywood on September 23, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

The Weeknd attends the Music in Action Awards Ceremony hosted by The Black Music Action Coalition at 1 Hotel West Hollywood on September 23. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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The Weeknd got misty-eyed recalling the lessons his idol Quincy Jones taught him at the Black Music Action Coalition’s first annual Music in Action Award show in Los Angeles.

The organization, formed last year in the wake of a racial reckoning in the music industry, was created to “advocate on behalf of Black artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, executives, lawyers, and other passionate industry professionals.” The Weeknd, who has done philanthropic work for Black Lives Matter and MusicCares, among other organizations, was the co-recipient of The Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award.

“I first met Quincy Jones in Vegas a long time ago,” he told the crowd. “He pulled up to one of my club shows and when I got off stage, he was waiting on the side and I was so excited to meet him. There were fans on the other side of the stage screaming and trying to get my attention, but I was so focused on him; the reason why I make music. He stopped me and he said, ‘Go take pictures. Sign autographs. And I’ll still be here waiting. They’re just more important.’

“And it stuck with me until this day,” he added. “He was teaching me a lesson that nothing is more important than the people and giving back is always better than receiving.”

H.E.R., Motown chairman and CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam, attorneys Dina LaPolt and Ben Crump, YouTube Music exec Tuma Basa and Live Nation Urban’s Shawn Gee also received awards.

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