Less than a year after rapper Nipsey Hussle shock murder in broad daylight in Los Angeles on Sunday, Hussle won two posthumous Grammys awards for Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle” along with Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Higher.”
Nipsey Hussle was also nominated last year for Best Rap Album for “Victory Lap,” his first formal album that finally dropped in February 2018 after six years of teasing, but lost out to Cardi B.
Hussle, an Eritrean-American who was born Ermias Asghedom was shot dead last March, triggering an outpouring of grief in LA and among his superstar peers, who hailed both his musical talents and tireless community organizing.
The late star’s grandmother delivered an emotional elegy, thanking the audience for “sharing all the love that I have felt for him all of his life.”
Family members accepted Hussle’s award for “Racks in the Middle,” which featured rappers Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy.
The tribute to Hussle took on heightened meaning as Los Angeles also mourned the loss of another favorite son, NBA icon Kobe Bryant, who died tragically Sunday in a helicopter crash.
The tribute performance for Hussle saw the images of both men projected on stage at the Staples Center, where Bryant led the Lakers team to several championships.
Legend, who along with DJ Khaled performed “Higher” and accepted the award said, “I want to thank all of you for supporting this and for lifting Nipsey’s name up,”