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DMX to be honored with special tribute by Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes and more at the 2021 BET Awards


Jonathan Mannion

BET has announced a tribute performance for late rap icon DMX that will take place during the 2021 BET AWARDS this weekend.

X’s longtime friend and producer Swizz Beatz will curate the special tribute, which will include performances from Busta RhymesMethod Man and Griselda. It will also feature an appearance from actor Michael K. Williams and new music from the rapper’s posthumous album, EXODUS.

“We look forward to celebrating DMX’s indelible mark in music and pop culture,” says BET executive Connie Orlando in a statement. “DMX inspired fans around the world with his signature raspy voice, the delivery of raw emotion through his lyrics and performances, and his giving spirit.” 

She adds, “We are proud to pay our respects to a hip-hop legend on our biggest stage, the BET Awards.”

Hip-hop video choreographer Fatima Robinson is the creative director of Sunday’s tribute, which will celebrate some of X’s biggest hits, including “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem” and “Get at Me Dog” from X’s 1998 debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, and other singles such as “Slippin‘” and “What’s My Name?

DMX, born Earl Simmons, died April 9 after suffering an apparent drug overdose and subsequent heart attack. He was 50.

The 2021 BET Awards airs Sunday, June 27, at 8 p.m. ET.

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