Nipsey Hussle: The Grammys Have a Special Tribute Planned for the Late Rapper

Nipsey Hussle is up for three 2020 Grammy Awards. But the Recording Academy also has a special tribute in the works for the late rapper at the Jan. 26 ceremony in Los Angeles, with several artists set to take the stage to celebrate his legacy. 

DJ Khaled, John Legend will perform 

The all-star tribute to Nispey Hussle — whose real name was Ermias Asghedom — will include performances from Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch and YG.

“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’s fiancée Lauren London, shared her thoughts on the tribute with the Associated Press.

“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. 

Nipsey Hussle is nominated for three Grammys 

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Nipsey Hussle | David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Hussle is nominated for three posthumous Grammy Awards in 2020, for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song (“Racks In The Middle”), as well as Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Higher”). In 2019, he was nominated for Best Rap Album for Victory Lap, but he lost to Cardi B, who took home the trophy for Invasion of Privacy.

Nipsey Hussle shares his nomination for “Higher” with DJ Khaled and Legend. The track appears on Khaled’s album Father of Asahd. 

For Khaled, the Grammy nod didn’t come as a shock. 

“I knew it was special out the gate. Working with Nipsey Hussle was special. I told Nipsey that God willing, we will get nominated for a Grammy … I spoke that into existence,” he told the AP. “We both felt the same. We knew making this record was Grammy-worthy.” 

Hussle is currently the favorite to win in all three categories in which he is nominated, according to GoldDerby.com.

Nipsey Hussle’s death 

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A memorial for Nipsey Hussle outside The Marathon clothing store |MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images

Hussle died March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old was shot to death in the parking lot of his clothing store in the city’s South Central neighborhood. Two others were wounded in the shooting.

A 29-year-old man named Eric Holder was later arrested and charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Holder is expected to go to trial in the coming weeks, according to KTLA. He faces life in prison if convicted. 

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards air live on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You can also stream the ceremony on CBS All Access and at CBS.com. 

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