Nipsey was given his flowers at the BET Awards.
Sunday evening, was honored with BET’s Humanitarian Award. It was who introduced the award before a clip honored the work of Nipsey, born Ermias Asghedom, in his native Crenshaw and beyond as industry contemporaries spoke of the west coast icon’s legacy.
“He was doing the work of a peace advocate,” noted . “He was actually uniting neighborhoods.”
Afterward, the family of the later rapper, entrepreneur, and philanthropist took to the stage to accept the award on Nip’s behalf.
“I was so amazed at how much was out in the world for him,” said the late rapper’s grandmother. “I love him with all my heart and soul. Thank you so much world for loving him too.”
Lauren London would shortly, giving the crown an impassioned “The marathon continues again” before Nipsey’s mother and father would speak, once more recounting the peace and pride they’ve found in their son’s death.
“Even though our bodies die, our spirits live,” assured his mother. “We lift out of this vessel and we continue on.”
Soon, Marsha Ambrosius would perform a rendition of her and Nip’s “Real Big” track before popped out to perform “Last Time That I Checc’d.” and would close the tribute out with a performance of the chilling “Higher” track, featuring Nipsey.