"I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in people's homes ... through our music and through our culture," Legend said Sunday at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball. "I think it made Barack Obama and more people like him possible, so I'm really thankful for hip-hop and the role it plays in society," he added.
The R&B singer and songwriter — along with other renowned entertainers — were awarded the humanitarian award at Sunday's event. Other recipients included Hip-hop pioneers MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh and 2 Chainz, who earned an award for encouraging young voters as a spokesperson for the Hip-Hop Caucus' "Respect My Vote!" campaign.
Watch Legend's Tonight (Best You Ever Had) feat. Ludacris from the soundtrack of Django Unchained: