The Grammys will host a live tribute to Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle. Hussle was shot and killed last year at age 33.
John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, and others will be on hand to honor the late rapper. The performance will be part of Sundayâ€™s broadcast from the Los Angeles Staples Center.
Other previously announced Grammy performers include Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Jonas Brothers, Rosalia, Aerosmith, Demi Lovato, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Run-DMC, H.E.R., Charlie Wilson, and Tyler, the Creator.
Nipsey Hussle is posthumously nominated for Best Rap Performance for â€œRacks in the Middle.â€ Heâ€™s also nominated in the Best Rap/Sung Performance category for â€œHigher.â€Â Â
Hussle wasÂ gunned downÂ in his Los Angeles neighborhood last year. He was more than just a rapper; he was an activist and entrepreneur in his community.
Ken Ehrlich, Grammy Awards executive producer,Â saysÂ the tribute will celebrate Nipseyâ€™s life. â€œWe are honored to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipseyâ€™s life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music,â€ Ehrlich said.
The 62nd Grammy Awards will be hosted by Alicia Keys and begin at 5 pm PST on Sunday. Several artists in the Nipsey Hussle tribute performance are also nominated.
BothÂ John LegendÂ andÂ DJ KhaledÂ are also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance for â€œHigher.â€ Roddy Ricch is also up for â€œRacks in the Middle.â€ Meek Mill is nominated for the rap album,Â Championships.
Last year, the man who shot and killed Nipsey Hussle tried to get theÂ charges dismissed. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge said he was unwilling to toss the two attempted murder charges. The shooterâ€™s trial will begin in February.
Nipsey Hussle emerged in the West Coast hip-hop scene in the early 2000s. His first studio album,Â Victory Lap, was released in 2018.Â Victory LapÂ earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album in 2019.
Source: Digital Music News