This morning, the 2019 Grammy nominees were announced, and fans were ecstatic to see Nipsey Hussle's name in three separate categories: best rap performance, best rap/sung performance, and best rap song.
Nipsey was shot outside his own clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in March and sadly passed away from the incident. People across the rap industry were hit hard by the loss, because Nipsey was just a regular guy trying to make it. He embodied blackness in America for many, and his loss served as a reminder that no one is safe from death.
The lyrics "The marathon continues but it's getting harder to breathe," suddenly became too real with the fatal shooting of the rapper. Nipsey only lived to see himself nominated for one Grammy, which he ultimately lost to Cardi B. Even the way Nipsey lost to Cardi was full of grace and dignity- he was happy for her, and never felt cheated.
This backstory is what makes the latest three nominations so meaningful to fans and artists alike. The hit "Racks in the Middle" is nominated for both best rap performance and best rap song, while "Higher" is nominated for best rap/sung performance.
Whether Nipsey's tracks take home a Grammy or not, his influence will always hold strong. Strong enough for celebrities and fans alike to get tribute tattoos in Nipsey's honor- so here are 13 tribute tattoos to celebrate Nipsey's three Grammy nominations.
Lauren London is Nipsey's long term partner and mother of one of his children. They were together from 2013 until the rapper's untimely death.
Do you think Nipsey will win a Grammy this time?