American rapper Big Sean pays tribute to heroic WWII grandmother at festival

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Detroit rapper Big Sean paid tribute to his late grandmother, Mildred Leonard, at Detroit’s Mo Pop Festival

Chicago rapper Big Sean returned to his hometown of Detroit on July 31 for the eighth edition of AEG’s Mo Pop Festival.

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During his performance, Sean honored his late grandmother, Mildred Leonard – who was one of the first black female captains in World War II.

Her US Army battalion recently received a Congressional Gold Medal for her service.

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The rapper also performed his 2015 single “One Man Can Change the World,” which was released as a tribute to his grandmother’s impact on his career.

Sean has previously spoken a lot about his grandmother being the inspiration behind some of his songs like “Memories” and “So Much More”.

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She died in 2015, and Sean told it vanity fair that “she was the backbone of the family”.

He said: “She was born in West Virginia, she came from nowhere, she was one of the first black female captains in World War II and she was a police officer in Detroit. She was a teacher and a counselor.”

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“And she was just the best grandmother ever.”

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Big Sean, real name Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, is an American rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur.

The 34-year-old Detroit rapper first rose to prominence after catching the attention of Kanye West in 2005 when he went to a radio station where West was giving an interview and performed a free skate.

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Two years later, Kanye West signed Sean to his record label GOOD Music and Island Def Jam.

Sean has attracted billions of song streams and has released five studio albums, four mixtapes and over 30 singles.

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  • Big Sean is 34 years old and was born in Santa Monica, California
  • He grew up with his mother and grandmother in Detroit
  • He has his own foundation called the Sean Anderson Foundation that helps kids in Detroit
  • His net worth is estimated to be around $26 million

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Michael Posner is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer known for hits like “Cooler Than Me” and “Please Don’t Go.”

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The 34-year-old is a longtime friend of Big Sean, who he met when he was 18.

They are both from Detroit and have worked on songs together. Big Sean brought Posner to the stage at Coachella 2022.

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Justin Bieber at the 2021 Met Gala (Picture: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Canadian singer Justin Bieber is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold millions of records worldwide.

The 28-year-old has been friends with Big Sean since 2011, and the two make music together.

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Sean generously gifted Bieber a ring valued at $30,000 in 2012.

John Legend is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, actor, and record producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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His 2004 debut album Get Lifted won three Grammy Awards and reached the top ten on the Billboard 200.

Legend has performed on Big Sean’s songs and they are part of the same record label.

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Personal life

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Naya Marie Rivera was an American actress, singer, and model best known for playing Santana Lopez on Glee.

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The Glee star died in 2020 at the age of 33 after drowning while on a boat trip with her four-year-old son.

Sean was engaged to Rivera, but they called off the marriage in April 2014.

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American singer-songwriter Ariana Grande (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Ariana Grande is an American singer, songwriter, and actress widely recognized for hit songs that have earned her numerous awards.

The 29-year-old dated Big Sean for about eight months, but the couple split in 2015 and have remained friends.

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Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo is an American singer best known for her R&B songs including The Worst.

She began dating Big Sean in 2016, but they confirmed their split in 2019.

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However, they have since rekindled their relationship and the two are now expecting their first child together.

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