Last night saw the airing of a controversial BET Hip Hop Awards. Lil Wayne, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, and A$AP Rocky were among the influential artists at the 13th-annual show, prerecorded October 7 at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Remarkable moments included Cardi's and YG's extravagant performances and Lil Wayne's moving acceptance speech for the I Am Hip Hop Award, in which he spoke of a near-death experience.
But one rapper couldn’t be there to join his peers onstage: XXXTentacion. The contentious 20-year-old artist — who had been arrested on a litany of charges including assault on a pregnant girlfriend — was fatally shot in a robbery this past June. A fleeting tribute to him came in the form of a lasting honor: the title of BET’s Best New Hip-Hop Artist.
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