On June 13, BET announced Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom will be honored posthumously with the Humanitarian Award.

In the spirit of uplift he evoked in his community, his work as a devoted son, brother, father, partner, friend and all-around community advocate and philanthropist, the late rapper will be posthumously honored with the iconic award at the 19th annual BET Awards show, airing live in his hometown of Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, June 23 at 8 p.m. EST.

“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,” said Connie Orlando, executive vice president and head of programming at BET. “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,” she continued. “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.”

In addition to the award, a star-studded tribute in Nipsey’s honor featuring DJ Khaled, YG, John Legend and Mustard has been planned during the live show to pay homage to the beloved artist and community philanthropist.

The “BET AWARDS” 2019 will simulcast LIVE at 8 pm ET across seven Viacom networks in the U.S. including BET, BET HER, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1, and Logo. Internationally, the show will simulcast for the first-time on BET Africa at 2 am CAT on June 24th, followed by international broadcasts in the UK on June 24th at 9:00 pm BST, South Korea on June 25th at 9 pm KST and in France on June 25th at 9 pm CEST.

The Marathon Continues rapper, activist, community leader is truly missed. Although his life was cut short, the 31-year-old did a lot for his community. From employing convicted felons to co-creating a STEM school, Nipsey changed the lives of people one act at a time. Even though painful, his untimely death has inspired so many young Black people to invest in themselves and their neighborhoods.

The BET Awards air Sunday, June 23 @ 7/8C.

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