The tribute followed speeches from the late rapper’s family.
YG, John Legend, DJ Khaled, and Marsha Ambrosius were a part of a tribute performance for Nipsey Hussle during this year’s BET Awards. The tribute included performances of “Real Big,” “Last Time That I Checked,” and “Higher.”
The performance followed a speech from T.I., as well as several speeches from Hussle’s family as they accepted BET’s Humanitarian Award on the late rapper’s behalf. Among those present to accept the award was Hussle’s girlfriend Lauren London, his mother Angelique Smith, and his grandmother Margaret Boutte.
“There will never be another Nipsey Hussle,” T.I. began. “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 kind of artists today to follow…He inspired people across the world while never abandoning the community and culture that raised him. it’s been nearly three months since we lost Nip and many are still discovering how legendary he really was.”
“He was a real one, a true king simply concerned with promoting human welfare, uplifting those around him,” he continued. “As a prolific artist his lyrics and interviews are immensely powerful but his actions spoke even louder. Nip proved that your life is your canvas and your body of work is your legacy.”
“I was so amazed at how much love was out in the world for him that you uplifted me,” Boutte said during her speech. “Thank you so much world for loving him.”
Hussle was shot and killed outside of his Marathon Clothing Store on March 31. The suspected shooter, Eric Holder, pleaded not guilty to murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.