The city of Atlanta has officially declared July 22 as Kanye West Day.
It was one of two accolades to cap off a busy Thursday for the rapper, 44, who staged a massive listening party for his 10th studio album Donda at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
After the star-studded event, the Atlanta resident got emotional backstage when he was presented with a plaque commemorating the day as his own, according to TMZ.
Tribute: Kanye West became emotional when the city honored him with a plaque commemorating his own day, July 22, and an award to his late mother, Donda West, for her educational achievements
The tribute came back after the rapper held a huge listening party for his upcoming studio album, Donda, which is named after his mother.
West was too a second award in honor of his late mother Donda, presented to him by Dr. Kevin James, the president of Morris Brown College, which happens to be the HBCU where Donda taught for nearly two decades and chaired the English Department.
Kanye was visibly moved when he received the heartfelt honor in front of his family and friends, especially the tribute to late mother. West was extremely close to Donda leading up to her sudden death at age 58 in November 2007.
She was determined to die of a hearing attack and other postoperative factors arising from elective cosmetic surgery in November of that year.
That bond between mother and son was enough for him to name his newest studio after her, which he debuted to the world last night.
Tragic: Donda West died in November 2007 at the age of 58 from a heart attack and postoperative factors arising from an elective cosmetic procedure
Condolences: West’s family, including his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, and their four children attended the massive listening party at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Awards: The awards ceremonies came backstage after the listening party
West premiered the series of new songs to huge audiences, including estranged wife Kim Kardashian and two of their four children, as well as Kim’s younger sister Khloe.
A moving song with the voice of the rapper’s late mother who repeatedly said, “Whatever never lets your family down” was enough to make West overcome with more emotion as he remained on his knees with his head in his hands.
The KKW Beauty founder was close to their children North, eight, and Saint, five, while Chicago, three, and Psalm, two, were also present.
Kim even looked proud standing behind Ye as he was handed the certificates.
In a possible show of solidarity, Kim showed off her famous curves in a form-fitting red faux leather jumpsuit, while West donned a similar shade of red from head to toe for the event.
Living big: West has made a habit of getting big when he debuts a new batch of music
Human emotion: The Chicago resident was visibly moved by emotion at certain points
After arriving fashionably late to the event, the rapper paced the arena under a spotlight as every tune of the album blared from the PA.
Donda’s album takes a deeper look at West, gives a glimpse of his now-broken marriage to Kardashian, and features collaborations with Jay-Z and Travis Scott.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashian star filed for divorce from the Jesus Is King star in February after roughly seven years of marriage, which was cited in court documents as “irreconcilable differences.”
The split was reportedly ‘amicable’ and the former couple are now focused on turning their attention to raining their kids as co-parents.
Donda is scheduled for release on August 6, 2021 via GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings.
Take a moment: West had his head in his hands when a move featuring the voice of the rapper’s late mother repeatedly said, “No matter what happens, you never leave your family”