Nipsey Hussle, the late rapper who was a respected and beloved community activist in South Los Angeles, will be honored at the 2019 BET Awards with the Humanitarian Award.
The posthumous honor will be presented Sunday evening at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The rapper is also nominated for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the awards show.
Born Ermias Asghedom, Hussle was shot on March 31 outside his South Los Angeles clothing store in what police said was a personal dispute. Her funeral, where Beyoncé and Jay-Z were among the celebrities present, was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The last celebrity funeral held in the concert hall was for Michael Jackson in 2009.
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After releasing a number of hit mixtapes, Hussle found greater success with “Victory Lap,” his major label debut released last year. It earned him a Grammy nomination — his first — for Best Rap Album, though the project lost to Cardi B’s multi-hit “Invasion of Privacy.”
Cardi B is the main BET nominee with seven, including two nominations for the first prize (video of the year), thanks to her hits “Money” and “Please Me”, with Bruno Mars. The rap star is scheduled to perform on Sunday.
Lil Nas X, whose “Old Town Road” is spending its 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, will perform the global hit alongside country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Other artists include Migos, HER, Lizzo, Lil Baby, Meek Mill, Fantasia, DaBaby, Jeremih and Kirk Franklin.
John Legend, DJ Khaled and YG will pay tribute to Hussle with a performance.
Actress Regina Hall will host the show, where nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will receive the lifetime achievement award and media mogul Tyler Perry will take home the Ultimate Icon award.
Cardi B, who won two BET Awards last year, is also competing for Album of the Year, Viewer’s Choice and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, where her competition includes Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll and Lizzo. .
Hussle will compete with Drake, J. Cole, Travis Scott, Meek Mill and 21 Savage for best male hip-hop artist.
The 2019 BET Awards will air live on seven Viacom networks in the United States, including BET, MTV, VH1, Logo, MTV 2, MTV Classic and BET HER.