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Alicia Keys wins Amnesty conscience award

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Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been named the winner of Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2017.

The 15-time Grammy winner and activist said it was a huge honour to receive the accolade, which has previously been won by Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai and singer Joan Baez.

Keys won the prize because of her extensive philanthropic work, including the co-founding of non-profit organisation Keep a Child Alive, which helps those affected by HIV in Africa and India.

The 36-year-old also co-founded the We Are Here movement, encouraging young people to push for change and take action against issues such as the criminal justice system and gun violence.

"To receive the Ambassador of Conscience award from Amnesty International is a huge honour," Keys said.

"Especially as an activist, as a woman, here in this world, who is driven to recognise the injustice in the world and recognise the unfairness the inequality, the things that have to change, the ways that we as everyday people, all of us, have a part to play in that. It is one of the most proud moments of my life.

The Ambassador of Conscience Award highlights individuals and groups of people who have displayed courage in standing up to injustice while using their talents to inspire others who have furthered the cause of human rights.

The US star, whose hits include Fallin', Empire State of Mind and No One, will receive the award at a prize-giving ceremony in Montreal, Canada on May 27.

© PAA 2017 Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP

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