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On Thursday, BET announced that they would be honoring the late Nipsey Hussle with a humanitarian award at this year’s BET Awards.

Connie Orlando, BET’s executive vice-president and head of programming, said, “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. His passing was a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry and to the culture.”

She continued, “We will continue to remember his advocacy and be inspired by the groundwork he set forth and his dire commitment to social change…. 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.”

The 2019 BET Awards will be held on June 23. Artists performing include Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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