Nipsey Hussle was honored Sunday at the BET Awards in Los Angeles with music, memories and a Humanitarian Award.
T.I. introduced the award and reflected on his friend’s activism and philanthropy.
“He was a revolutionary,” T.I. said. “His emphasis on the power of equity and ownership of our art led the charge of independence and created a blueprint of up and coming artists today to follow.”
The slain rapper’s fiancée, actress Lauren London, his parents and grandmother accepted the award on his behalf.
“The Marathon Continues,” London said, making reference to the title of Hussle’s 2011 mixtape.
The rapper’s mother and father delivered emotional speeches.
“I wish my son could be here,” his father, Dawit Asghedom, said. “Thank you BET. He wanted to be here so badly, and last year he made it to perform here and we were so happy for him. And you recognize him and we appreciate that.”
Asghedom raised a fist in the air and concluded by saying: “The Marathon Continues.”
Following the award presentation, Hussle was honored with a musical performance.
Marsha Ambrosius sang a heartfelt version of “Real Big.” YG then performed “Last Time That I Checc’d.” He was followed by DJ Khaled and John Legend of their collaboration “Higher” with Hussle.
Outside the Microsoft Theater Sunday, BET blanketed the area with blue carpet in the late rapper’s honor. Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot in South Los Angeles on March 31.