Nelly: ‘I am humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award.’

Rapper and entrepreneur Nelly has been tapped to receive BET’s “I Am Hip Hop” Award. 


A music mogul who has left his mark in other aspects of the industry with his successful women’s clothing line, Apple Bottoms, the Grammy award-winning rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor will receive the 2021 “I Am Hip Hop” Award.

From chart-topping hits that include “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma,” “Country Grammar,” “Ride Wit Me,” and “Cruise” to starring in the hit series “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” and his own reality show Nellyville, the multi-platinum music icon will be celebrated for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large.

In addition to touring shows and promoting his latest single “High Horse” from the upcoming “Heartland” album, Nelly is also filming the new season of BET series “Real Husbands of Hollywood”, streaming exclusively on BET+ in 2022.

“I am honored 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.”

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

The “BET Hip Hop Awards” premieres Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

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