(L-R): Meek Mill performs during V-103 Live Pop Up Concert on March 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. ; Kirk Franklin performs onstage at the 2019 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on January 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. ; John Legend performs at the 66th NBA All-Star Game on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. ; DJ Khaled performs onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 28, 2018 in New York City.
Photo: Rick Diamond (Getty Images), Rick Diamond (Getty Images for BET), Theo Wargo (Getty Images), Christopher Polk (Getty Images for NARAS)

The biggest night in music is coming up and, of course, a special tribute to Nipsey Hussle is scheduled to take place.

Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Nipsey was shot and killed on March 31, 2019. He was 33 years old. His tragic death sent waves across South L.A. and the music industry, as a whole.


On Tuesday, the Recording Academy announced the all-star lineup for the much-anticipated tribute set to take place during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. The confirmed list of performers for Nipsey’s tribute includes:

Kirk Franklin

DJ Khaled

John Legend

Meek Mill

Roddy Ricch


“An activist, entrepreneur and rapper, Nipsey Hussle had a lasting impact on not just his community, but also the culture at large,” Ken Ehrlich, Grammy Awards executive producer, said in a press release. “There is no denying the influence he had and his legacy will be felt for generations to come. We are honored to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipsey’s life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It’s sure to be a memorable performance.”


In addition to his tribute, Nipsey has three posthumous nominations, including Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song (each for “Racks In The Middle”) and Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Higher”). The latter nominated song, “Higher”, featured tribute performers Khaled and Legend and was Nipsey’s last music video.


The rest of the ceremony will feature performances by H.E.R., Lizzo, Run DMC, Tyler The Creator, Charlie Wilson and more.


The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards airs Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.

Staff Writer, Entertainment at The Root. Sugar, spice & everything rice. Equipped with the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.

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