Santana, Blige To Receive Lippert Awards

The guitarist/bandleader and R&B singer honored by Rock the Vote for humanitarian efforts.

Carlos Santana can add another trophy to his mantle. Along with Mary J. Blige, he'll receive one of this year's Rock the Vote Patrick Lippert Awards, the organization announced Monday.

Santana is being honored for his work for the rights of indigenous peoples and his own Milagro Foundation. Santana and his wife, Deborah, started the Milagro Foundation, which supports grassroots organizations and educational efforts for at-risk children.

Blige's work with Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the Million Family March and the M.A.C. AIDS Foundation embodies "the spirit of community activism that is being embraced by youth across America," Rock the Vote founder Jeff Ayeroff said in a press release.

The awards will be handed out on February 20 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, where Foo Fighters, Jill Scott and Black Eyed Peas will perform.

The awards are named for former Rock the Vote president Patrick Lippert, who led a youth-voter registration drive in 1992 and died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1993. Previous winners include the Beastie Boys, R.E.M., Bono, Pearl Jam and Queen Latifah.