BET Awards 2021 Set to Honor DMX With Special Tribute

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The BET Awards will celebrate the life and legacy of late rapper DMX with a star-studded tribute. The hip-hop star’s longtime friend Swizz Beatz is curating the segment, BET announced Tuesday in a press release.

The tribute will feature some of DMX’s most popular songs, including “What’s My Name,” “X Gon’ Give It to Ya,” “Get at Me Dog,” “Party Up,” “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” and “Slippin’.”

Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and Griselda are set to perform. Actor Michael K. Williams will also make a special appearance, and music video choreographer Fatima Robinson will serve as creative director of the segment.

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DMX, who was born Earl Simmons, died on April 9, after suffering a “catastrophic cardiac arrest.” He was 50 years old.

A new song from the Yonkers, New York rapper’s posthumous album “Exodus,” will also be featured on the BET Awards.

“We look forward to celebrating DMX’s indelible mark in music and pop culture. DMX inspired fans around the world with his signature raspy voice, the delivery of raw emotion through his lyrics and performances, and his giving spirit. We are proud to pay our respects to a hip-hop legend on our biggest stage, the BET Awards,” said Connie Orlando, EVP of specials, music programming and music strategy at BET.

There will be many more performances on the show, with Andra Day, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Migos, Moneybagg Yo!, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, and Tyler The Creator all scheduled to take the stage.

The BET Awards air live on Sunday, June 27 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m. ET on BET.