American rapper, singer-songwriter, and entrepreneur, Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., better known by his stage name Nelly is set to receive ‘I Am Hip Hop’ awards at the upcoming 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards.
The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards, is scheduled to premiere on BET on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
BET made confirmed it with a post on their verified and official Instagram account.
“This year, we’re honoring hip hop legend, award-winning rapper, actor, trendsetter, and social advocate. The 2021 I Am Hip Hop Award honoree is none other than @Nelly! 🏆🎧#HipHopAwards” they wrote.
Nelly will now join the likes of Lil Kim, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and Master P, who took home the coveted honor last year.
“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.
The multiple award-winning rapper cum singer who have been in the music space now for 22 years said he has been blessed to work with some incredible people in his career, making the 22 years go by in the blink of an eye.”
He added, “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 emcee will be honored “for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large,” BET said in a statement.
Check out the full list of the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards below.
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
CARDI B, “UP”
CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION, “WAP”
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG GO, “CRAZY”
DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK, “LAUGH NOW CRY LATER”
LIL NAS X, “MONTERO” (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)
SAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT, “BEST FRIEND”
21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN FEAT. DRAKE, “MR. RIGHT NOW”