Not long after DJ Khaled and John Legend delivered a powerful tribute to Nipsey Hussle with a performance of their collaboration “Higher” on the 2020 Grammys Sunday night (Jan. 26), the pair got a chance to pay homage once more with heartfelt speeches.
“Higher” won the Grammy for best rap/sung performance, and DJ Khaled took the mic first to declare, “This is for Nipsey Hussle, this is for hip-hop.” He then went on to thank his wife, Nicole, and their two kids (revealing that his new baby boy’s name is Alam, which means “the world” in Arabic), as well as Nipsey Hussle’s family and kids, who joined them on stage.
Legend started off his speech with a thank you to DJ Khaled for asking him and Nipsey to be part of the track. He continued, “I want to thank all of you for supporting this, and for lifting Nipsey’s name up. We all love him, we all miss him, it is terrible that we had to lose him so early. We thank his family for being here tonight with us. Thank you for allowing us to use his legacy and lift it up in song tonight.”
After adding a thank you to his family and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who was adoringly watching from the crowd, Legend added, “We’ve seen so much tragedy today and last year, and so much has gone on, but let’s love each other, let’s love our families, let’s hold each other tight.” Before they left the stage, DJ Khaled gave one last shout-out to Nipsey Hussle and his family.
Nipsey posthumously won another award Sunday night (his first Grammy), as his Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy collaboration “Racks in the Middle” took the trophy for best rap performance in the Premiere Ceremony. DJ Khaled and John Legend were joined by Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, Kirk Franklin and YG in the tribute performance, which concluded with a photo of Nipsey projected on the backdrop alongside a photo of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter crash earlier Sunday.