'I have been blessed to work with some incredible people in my career, making 22 years go by in the blink of an eye,' Nelly said.
Nelly will receive the I Am Hip Hop award at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards, which will air Oct. 5 on BET. Previous recipients include LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne.
Previous winners of the I Am Hip Hop award, in addition to those cited above, are Grandmaster Flash, KRS-One, Russell Simmons, Ice Cube, Salt-n-Pepa, Rakim, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Scarface, Luther Campbell and Lil’ Kim.“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 will be celebrated “for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large," BET said in a statement.Nelly has amassed four No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma" (with Kelly Rowland), “Shake Ya Tailfeather" (a collab with Diddy and Murphy Lee) and “Grillz" (featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp).
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