Black Entertainment Television will honor the rap star Nelly for his contributions to the world of hip hop via his lengthy career at the ceremony.
BET’s Hip Hop Awards will represent the genre once again with a star-studded night. Artists like Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X, Lil Durk, Saweetie, Lil Baby, Bia, Pooh Shiesty, 21 Savage, City Girls, Chris Brown, and Tyler, The Creator are just a handful of the nominees this year. Now, BET has officially announced that Nelly will be the recipient of the ceremony’s “I Am Hip Hop” Award.
Recently seen on Verzuz with an appearance as a guest for Fat Joe during his showdown with Ja Rule, Nelly will be honored for his contribution to the culture throughout his decades-long career.
“I am honored to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award,” said Nelly in a statement. “I have been blessed to work with some incredible people in my career, making twenty-two years go by in the blink of an eye. This award isn’t just about Nelly; it is about my fans, BET, and the people that continue to support me and allow me to do what I love to do.”
We’re excited to see just how Nelly, who has bounced between Rap and Country, will be honored on BET’s stage. The last artist to receive the ‘I Am Hip Hop” was Master P in 2020. Make sure to tune in to the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 5.