Nipsey Hussle‘s life and legacy will be celebrated at this year’s BET Awards.
Thursday, the network announced the late rapper will be honored posthumously with the prestigious Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work as a community advocate, philanthropist, musician and all around businessman.
His music aside, Hussle was instrumental in advancing his beloved city of Los Angeles through his handful of real estate investments, science and tech learning centers as well as employment opportunities for the under-served members of his community.
“As a prolific artist and leader, Nipsey Hussle was zealous about driving change for the betterment of his community, empowering and employing those in need and being an influential and highly respected leader,” Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President, Head of Programming at BET said in a statement. “His passing was a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry and to the culture.”
She continued, “We are forever grateful, humbled and honored to have experienced his presence and we are invested in doing our part to ensure that the marathon will indeed continue. It is an immense honor for us to recognize him with this year’s Humanitarian Award.”
In addition to the award presentation, the BET Awards will also feature a special tribute to Hussle with performances by John Legend, DJ Khaled and longtime collaborator YG.
Hosted by Regina Hall, the ceremony airs live on BET on June 23 at 8 PM E.T.
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