It has been about 8 months since the tragic loss of rap star Nipsey Hussle. His sudden death in Los Angeles, California this year shocked fans and has left a void in the hip hop music community. The late rapper was fatally shot and killed in March 2019 in front of the clothing store which he owned and operated called The Marathon. This year, the Recording Academy is honoring Nipsey with 3 posthumous Grammy nominations at the awards ceremony, which airs in January of 2020.
This is not the first time that an artist has been nominated for an award following their death. Nipsey will join the likes of Ray Charles, David Bowie, Joan Rivers and Amy Winehouse. Earlier this week, the Academy announced that he will be nominated for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap /Song Performance and Best Rap Song. Hussle was featured on the song “Higher” by DJ Khaled which also featured John Legend. Khaled tweeted back in May, “A gift from my brother Nipsey that we want to share with the world. We miss you and we will forever keep your legacy going.”
Just months before his passing, Hussle was nominated in this years 2019 Grammy’s for his album “Victory Lap”. Hussle is joined by artists Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, and H.E.R. as Grammy nominees. All three will compete in the category for Record of the Year. Alicia Keys will host the show which airs January 26th , 2020 on CBS.