Nelly is scheduled to be honored at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Looks like he gotta make room on his mantle for another trophy!
Nelly Recognized For His Massive Contributions To Music And Culture
46-year-old Nelly (real name Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.) is receiving the “I Am Hip Hop” Award.
Going down next month, the rapper/singer/songwriter will be honored at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards show.
Past icons to receive the award include –
- Snoop Dogg
- Lil Wayne
- Ice Cube
- Master P
- MC Lyte
- Russell Simmons
- Salt ‘n Pepa
- LL Cool J
- Grandmaster Flash
- Lil Kim and others
BET described him as a legend, rapper, actor, and trendsetter.
Upon hearing the news of his upcoming honor, the Hip Hop legend had this to say –
“I am honored to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award.”
“I have been blessed to work with some incredible people in my career, making 22 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.”
The St. Louis native has been associated with several acts, including Ashanti, Kelly Rowland, T.I., Akon, Justin Timberlake, Jermaine Dupri, and others.
In his 22 year career, Nelly garnered many awards for his efforts.
Namely, a Grammy in 2003 and 2004 and have over 21 million albums sold in the U.S.
The “Hot In Here” singer ranked #3 in Billboard’s Artist of The Decade and 4th in the list of the best-selling rap artists in American music history by the RIAA.
Described as a legend, rapper, actor, and trendsetter, BET will celebrate Nelly “for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large”
Peter Shapiro, a music journalist described Nelly as “one of the biggest stars of the new millennium”
Also under his belt are 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit songs –
- Hot in Here
- Shake Ya Tailfeather
Additionally, the rapper has 3 #1 albums –
- Country Grammar
Outside of his music, this icon has also delved into acting and entrepreneurship.
Among his many ventures, he is known for creating Apple Bottom Jeans.
The BET Hip Hop Awards ceremony will take place on October 5th.
Will you be watching?