DJ Khaled and Queen Latifah were honored at VH1's Save The Music 20th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 16.

The music education initiative, which works to restore music programs in the country's public schools, honored Khaled and Latifah for their contributions.

“To strip schools of music and art is like stripping your own soul,” Queen Latifah said after receiving her award. “Some people find out what they want to be in life through music and art…Sometimes music and art can park something in you that awakens your mind and lets you know that you can reach further and think further.”

Toyota partnered with “Save The Music” for its Giving Award, which was presented to DJ Khaled for his commitment to education. Toyota's Steve Curtis honored Khaled with the award.

“Toyota is proud to honor a noted philanthropist and longtime champion of music education,” Curtis said. “He has donated money so schools could buy music equipment. And he serves as national spokesman for ‘Get Schooled,’ which works to motivate students to graduate and succeed in college through his famous ‘Keys to Success’ program.”

DJ Steve Aoki also received the Music Innovator Award, and Wyclef Jean performed a set dedicated to Queen Latifah.


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