The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards got underway at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Sunday night January 26. While there was undoubtedly a cloud hanging over the arena in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s shocking death, the show went on as scheduled.
Nipsey Hussle has won a posthumous Grammy Award in the Best Rap Performance category for “Racks In The Middle” featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy. It marks the slain rapper’s first gilded trophy.
The honor was accepted by several members of his family, including his grandmother who thanked the crowd for “showing all the love” for her grandson “that I have felt for him all of his life and will always live in my heart, so thank you.”
21 Savage and J. Cole picked up an award in the Best Rap Song category for their collaborative single “A Lot,” while Tyler, The Creator took home the award in the Best Rap Album category for IGOR. Also DJ Khaled won Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Higher” with Nipsey Hussle and John Legend.
Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch and YG came together to posthumously honor Nipsey Hussle at the Awards Show too. The tribute opened with Mill rapping Letter to Nipsey. “When we lost you, it really put some pain on me,” he rapped. Ricch then took center stage with his own solo before DJ Khaled and Legend sang their collaboration with Hussle, Higher. Legend belted out the lyrics while playing the piano as a choir sang along with them. YG also got in on the action as he strutted onto the stage to perform part of the song. Franklin followed with his own solo.
Check Hip Hop winners’ list for the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Best Rap Performance : “Racks in the Middle,” Nipsey Hussle f. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
Best Rap/Sung Performance : “Higher,” DJ Khaled f. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
Best Rap Song : “A Lot,” Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage f. J. Cole)
Best Rap Album : “IGOR,” Tyler, The Creator