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Nelly named ‘I Am Hip Hop’ award recipient for BET Awards





BET has announced Double Diamond Selling Superstar rapper and entrepreneur Nelly as the ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ recipient of the 2021 “I Am Hip Hop” Award.

From chart-topping hits that include “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma” (feat. Kelly Rowland), “Country Grammar,” “Ride Wit Me,” and “Cruise” (with Florida Georgia Line), to his popular fashion line “Apple Bottoms,” to starring in the hit series Real Husbands of Hollywood, and his own reality show Nellyville, the charismatic, multi-platinum music icon will be celebrated for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large.

The 2021 ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ will air from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere 06 October 2021 on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GoTV Channel 21) at 02:00 WAT/03:00 CAT and repeats at 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT on the same day.


Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa and Peer Lead BET International commented, “Congratulations to Nelly for well deserved recognition of the “I am HIP HOP Award”.

“The BET Hip Hop Awards continues to celebrate and recognise the best in Hip Hop culture, and we look forward to continuing the elevation of black culture, black excellence, black entertainment and hip-hop culture globally.

“We wish all our nominees across Africa, UK, Europe, South America and beyond the best at this year’s awards.”

“I am honoured to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award,” said Nelly, this year’s I Am Hip Hop Award recipient.

“I have been blessed to work with some incredible people in my career, making 22 years go by in the blink of an eye. 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.”

Nigeria’s Ladipoe and South Africa’s Nasty C fly the African flag high as previously announced nominees for the 2021 Best International Flow category.

Previously announced nominees include Cardi B, Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion, leading the pack with nine nominations each, followed by Drake with an impressive eight nods.

Tyler, The Creator and Metro Boomin tie for third-most nominations securing four nods each. Other notable nominees include 21 Savage, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, and Pooh Shiesty, who received three each.

Bia, Chris Brown, Doja Cat, Jay Z, Lil Nas X, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, Young Thug, and Yung Bleu received two nominations. For the full list of nominees, selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders, click HERE.

Voting for the 2021 ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ DJ of the Year and Best Hip Hop Platform is now open:

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