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Public Enemy’s Chuck D has been awarded the 2019 Woody Guthrie Prize

The award is annually bestowed to those who helps others without a platform

Public Enemy's Chuck D has been awarded the Woody Guthrie Prize for 2019, an honour that is given to those who support people in the arts that don't have a platform.

"Woody was a fighter for the people, and Chuck D’s message has consistently aligned with Woody’s: choose a side, fight the power and work for a better world,” said Woody Guthrie Center director Deana McCloud.

“We are honored to recognize Chuck’s work as he shines a light on social and cultural issues through his words and encourages us all to take action for equality and justice. We know that Woody would be rapping right alongside him as he speaks truth to power."

Chuck D follows on from the likes of Mavis Staples and Kris Kristofferson who've been awarded the prize in previous years.