Nipsey Hussle's "Racks in the Middle," featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy, took home the award for Best Rap Performance at Sunday's 2020 Grammys ceremony. The award marks the late artist's first-ever Grammy win.
The award was announced during the pre-televised portion of the night’s proceedings, with Nipsey's family—including Lauren London and Nipsey's grandmother Margaret Boutte—accepting the honor on his behalf.
"Nip did it not just for the awards, but for the people," London said when accepting the award. "God allowed him to use this music to speak his truth, give his wisdom and something we will forever be able to live with."
Nipsey's grandmother added that she "wanted to thank all of you for showing all the love that I have felt for him all of his life, and will always live in my heart."
Others nominated in the Best Rap Performance category included J. Cole, DaBaby, the Dreamville collective, and Offset with Cardi B.
Nipsey also earned the Best Rap/Sung Performance award—his second win of the night—for "Higher" with DJ Khaled and John Legend. Khaled and Legend accepted the trophy alongside Nipsey's family.
The artists beat out Lil Nas X ("Panini"), Lil Baby and Gunna ("Drip Too Hard"), Mustard and Roddy Ricch ("Ballin"), and Young Thug, J. Cole, and Travis Scott ("The London").
The Sunday ceremony also featured a special tribute performance with Ricch, YG, John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, and Kirk Franklin. In a statement announcing the tribute, Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich touted Nipsey's status as "an activist, entrepreneur, and rapper" who will have a multifaceted lasting impact.
"There is no denying the influence he had and his legacy will be felt for generations to come," he said.