LOS ANGELES - The late Nipsey Hussle was awarded posthumously for his first Grammy Sunday night.
Hussle was awarded in the Best Rap Performance category for his hit “Racks in the Middle,” prior to the broadcast of the Grammys ceremony. The song also features Compton native and current chart-topper Roddy Ricch, along with Fontana native, Hit Boy.
The song's music video was released just weeks before his death.
The milestone comes on what was a somber day in Los Angeles following the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other victims in a deadly helicopter crash that was announced hours earlier.
Hussle was an avid Lakers fan.
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Rapper Nipsey Hussle attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
The 62nd annual Grammys are scheduled to take place at Staples Center, an arena that many considered to be “Kobe’s House.”
Hussle, born Ermias Asghedon, was gunned down outside his own clothing store in Crenshaw on March 31, 2019.
The Marathon Clothing opened in 2017.
Hussle was also known as a philanthropist and community leader in Crenshaw.
Hussle’s suspected killer, Eric Holder, was arrested and held on a $7 million bail last April.