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Diplo, Ellie Goulding & Andrea Bocelli Honored at Playing for Change Foundation’s 2024 Impact Awards

Diplo, Ellie Goulding and Italian singing legend Andrea Bocelli and his wife, Veronica, were honored at The Playing for Change Foundation’s 2024 Impact Awards, held on Saturday, April 13, at the Rubell Museum in Miami.

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“It’s very humbling to receive this acknowledgment from the Playing for Change Foundation,” said Diplo. “Music has the incredible ability to break down barriers and uplift people, and I’m proud to stand alongside fellow artists in using our platforms to make a difference.”

Goulding also accepted her award in person. The Bocellis received theirs virtually.

Diplo is a three-time Grammy winner. Goulding and Bocelli have both been Grammy-nominated, but have yet to win.

The lineup included Playing for Change Foundation (PFCF) partner program Young Musicians Unite, DJ and producer Note Marcato, as well as Hip-Hop Kidz, who performed a mashup of the honorees’ music. An afterparty, held at Superblue Miami and presented in partnership with MGM+, featured performances by Diplo and Sofi Tukker.

The event highlighted the foundation’s global impact, with PFCF CEO Jake Groshong reminding attendees of the foundation’s work in more than 60 locations across 21 countries.

PFCF’s mission is to help youth rise up through their own culture using music education. The organization reports employing more than 300 staff, teachers and community leaders locally across program locations, including Mali, Morocco, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Jordan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Peru and Argentina, as well as South Dakota and Miami.

The evening also shined a spotlight on an online charity auction. To participate in the auction, which runs through April 18, go here.

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