T.I. has been honored by his hometown for his outstanding humanitarian efforts. At a recent ceremony, the Atlanta rap legend received the prestigious Phoenix Award, considered Atlanta's highest honor, in recognition of his dedication to the city.
T.I. officially received the Phoenix Award at a ceremony held in Atlanta on Dec. 29. The award was presented to the “What You Know” rapper after his second symphony concert at Symphony Hall, where he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Trap Muzik.
Among those present to honor T.I. were Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Senator Raphael Warnock, and Phillana Williams.
T.I. Expresses Gratitude
In an official statement, T.I. expressed his gratitude for receiving the prestigious award, emphasizing the significance of the moment for his family and the city of Atlanta.
“Humbly honored for us to have received this highest honor by Mayor Andre Dickens and the City of Atlanta. This is for Trap Muzik, 20 years later. Happy to have shared this illustrious moment with my wife and the rest of my family, along with the people in da City,” T.I. said.
This is not the first time T.I.’s philanthropic efforts have been recognized. Over the years, he has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations, including Harris Community Works and For The Love of our Fathers, which focuses on helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
T.I.’s Humanitarian Efforts
The “Rubber Band Man” rapper has also spearheaded various charitable initiatives, such as Thanksgiving turkey drives, Christmas toy drives, and hurricane relief efforts, demonstrating his commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others.
In addition to his recent achievements, T.I. made headlines in November 2023 when he opened an affordable housing development in Atlanta. The housing development, located in West Atlanta, aims to provide shelter for homeless and troubled youth, further exemplifying T.I.’s dedication to the community.
Jermaine Dupri Honored With Phoenix Award
Notably, T.I. joins the ranks of another Atlanta rap legend, Jermaine Dupri, who was previously honored with the Phoenix Award in August 2023. Jermaine Dupri, the founder of So So Def Recordings, received the award for his significant contributions to the Atlanta community and the city’s rap scene, further solidifying the impact of Atlanta’s influential artists.