Nelly to be honored with ‘I Am Hip Hop’ award at 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards

Nelly 'will be celebrated for his massive contributions to music and the culture'
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Nelly is set to be honored with the prestigious “I Am Hip Hop” award at the 2021 BET Awards.

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The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards will premiere Tuesday, October 5 at 9 PM ET/PT as Nelly will join the likes of LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Salt-n-Pepa, and others as a recipient of the “I Am Hip Hop” award.

Nelly ”will be celebrated for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large,” a press release states.

“I am honored to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award,” Nelly said in a statement.

“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.”

Nelly has had four number one singles in his storied career including “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma” (with Kelly Rowland), “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (in collaboration with Diddy and Murphy Lee), and “Grillz” (featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp).

Cardi B, Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion lead the way this year with nine nominations each. The trio is followed by Drake, who has eight nominations.

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