Organisers of the BET Awards, have said that late Los Angeles rapper, Nipsey Hussle, will be honoured at the 2019 edition of the award.
The rapper will be honoured with a posthumous humanitarian award three months after his demise.
Connie Orlando, head of programming at BET, said in a statement, “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.”
She also said Hussle’s death was a “tremendous loss” to the entertainment industry and black culture, and added, “We will continue to remember his advocacy and be inspired by the groundwork he set forth and his dire commitment to social change.”
Orlando continued in her statement, “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.”
Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down outside of his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, a day before he was to meet with the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and the city’s police chief to discuss how to curb gang violence.
The 33-year-old had also opened a co-working space with science, technology, engineering and math education for the youth.
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