2021 BET Hip Hop Awards will Honor Nelly with “I Am Hip Hop” Award

Double diamond selling rapper Nelly will be honored at the BET Hip Hop Awards with the “I Am Hip Hop” award after more than 20 years in the game. Nelly has multiple platinum selling albums across different genres, done acting and has even had his own reality show.

“I am honored to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award,” Nelly said about the award news. “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 an impressive eight nods. Tyler, The Creator and Metro Boomin tie for third-most nominations securing four nods each.

The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards premieres Oct. 5, 2021, at 9:00 PM ET/PT.