LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) – BET Networks has announced that it will posthumously honor Nipsey Hussle with the humanitarian award during the 2019 BET Awards later this month.
In addition to his career as a musician, Hussle worked extremely hard to drive change within his community by providing employment opportunities to underprivileged groups, making real estate investments in the area and helping fund science and tech learning centers for teens.
Commenting on Hussle’s philanthropic efforts, BET executive vp and head of programming Connie Orlando, said: “As a prolific artist and leader, Nipsey Hussle was zealous about driving change for the betterment of his community, empowering and employing those in need and being an influential and highly respected leader. His passing was a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry and to the culture. We will continue to remember his advocacy and be inspired by the groundwork he set forth and his dire commitment to social change. We are forever grateful, humbled and honored to have experienced his presence and we are invested in doing our part to ensure that the marathon will indeed continue. It is an immense honor for us to recognize him with this year’s Humanitarian Award.”
Hussle died of multiple gunshot wounds following a shooting outside of his South Los Angeles clothing store back in March.
The 2019 BET Awards are scheduled to take place Sunday, June 23, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will also include a star-studded tribute performance in honor of Hussle.