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Megan Daley
April 21, 2015 AT 02:43 PM EDT

Fresh off his Pictionary win with host Jimmy Fallon, Big Sean took to The Tonight Show stage to perform “One Man Can Change The World” off his third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise. The rapper dedicated the special performance to the “Best Grandma in the World,” Mildred Virginia Leonard, who he honors in the song. 

“If anybody showed me that one person could change the person, one man change the world,” says Big Sean, “…it’s her.” 

The Grammy-nominated artist has been open in the last few months about the loss of his grandmother, who died in late 2014. According to the rapper, his grandmother was a female black captain in WWII, one of the first female police officers in Detroit, and also held a master’s degree. He posted on Instagram back in 2014 that she supported him in “every aspect” of his life, including his decision to not attend college. 

He ended the inspiring performance by saying, “Hey, look, I grew up in Detroit, Michigan with no major opportunities handed to me with me, my mom, my grandma, my brother. I remember my mom used to always tell me, ‘Man, you could be anything you want. You could create it, you could manifest it.’ So, I know if I can do it, you guys can do it 10 times over.”    

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