Late rapper Nipsey Hussle was honored Sunday with the 2019 Humanitarian Award at this years BET Awards. The award was presented by fellow rapper T.I. who spoke highly on his influence and legacy:
“He was a revolutionary. His emphasis on the power of equity and ownership of our art led the charge of independence and created a blueprint for other kinds of artists today to follow.”
The award was accepted by Nipsey’s family and longtime love Lauren London. While this was an emotional moment, his family left words assuring his fans to keep their heads up saying, “I was amazed at how much love was out in the world for him,” said Nipsey’s grandmother in a room full of people that were driven to tears. “Nipsey you’ve done your job, you have left your mark.” said his grandmother. His mother and Lauren thanked everyone for their love and support.
Almost three months ago, Nipsey was gunned down in front of his Marathon Clothing store in South Central Los Angeles. His death will continue to be mourned while his career, impact and legacy will continue to be celebrated as he affected the lives of millions.