The Nipsey Hussle tribute brought sadness to a day where fans were already mourning the late Kobe Bryant.
Meek Mill, YG, Roddy Ricch, DJ Khaled, John Legend, and Kirk Franklin all took the stage to pay tribute to Hussle’s legacy. Meek opened the show with a debut of a new song that he wrote for Hussle. Legend and Khaled performed their hit song “Higher.” They played Hussle’s verse on the screen. YG made it to the performance, just hours after he was released from jail on a robbery charge.
“It’s bittersweet because he’s not here to physically receive it or to see it, but I know because of the type of man he was and how hard he worked, that it is a positive addition to his legacy,” she said.
Hussle had a huge influence on people everywhere, so it was no surprise that he would be honored at this year’s Grammy Awards.
“An activist, entrepreneur and rapper, Nipsey Hussle had a lasting impact on not just his community, but also the culture at large,” Ken Ehrlich, Grammy Awards executive producer, said in a statement. “There is no denying the influence he had, and his legacy will be felt for generations to come. We are honored to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipsey’s life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It’s sure to be a memorable performance.”
Hussle is also taking home his first Grammy for Best Rap Performance for his hit song “Racks In The Middle” with Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy. His girlfriend, brother, sister, daughter and grandmother accepted the award on his behalf.
He also won a Grammy award for Best Rap/Sung Performance for his hit song “Higher” with DJ Khaled and John Legend. Legend and Khaled took the stage and dedicated the award to Nip and his family.
Congratulations to Nipsey for winning two Grammy awards tonight!