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The late Nipsey Hussle – real name Ermias Asghedom – will be honored at this year’s BET Awards.

The 33-year-old rapper will receive a posthumous Humanitarian Award for all the work he did for his community over the years while striving to make positive changes.

“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,” Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President of the BET said in a statement.

“His passing was a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry and to the culture. We will continue to remember his advocacy and be inspired by the groundwork he set forth and his dire commitment to social change.

“We are forever grateful, humbled and honored to have experienced his presence 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.”

We couldn’t think of a better recipient for the award and know that the family and friends he left behind will be proud of what he had achieved.

The BET Awards ceremony will also include a tribute to the rapper, with the likes of DJ Khaled, YG and John Legend all taking part.

Nipsey Hussle is also nominated for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’, and Mary J. Blige will be honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. In other words, it’s going to be an unmissable awards show!

Regina Hall is set to host the ceremony, which will air on Sunday, June 23, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

We’ll definitely be tuning in!