Nipsey Hussle Will Be Honored at 2019 BET Awards

BET announced it’s going to honor the late rapper Nipsey Hussle with a posthumous humanitarian award, just three months after his death.

“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,” said Connie Orlando, head of programming at BET. “We will continue to remember his advocacy and be inspired by the groundwork he set forth and his dire commitment to social change.”

Nipsey was shot outside of his L.A. clothing store on March 31, the day before he was going to speak with the LAPD about how to decrease gang violence.

An activist at heart, the rapper had also opened a co-working space with science, technology, engineering and math education for the youth in urban communities.

The show will air live from Nipsey’s hometown of Los Angeles on Sunday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

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