Exclusive: Nelly on Receiving BET’s ‘I Am Hip Hop Award’, New Music, & More

For two decades, Nelly has dominated the music landscape with a dynamism that is unquestionably unique.

Over the course of his illustrious career, the St. Louis native has blended Hip-Hop, Pop, and even Country to monumental success and has amassed a catalog of classics as well as a winning streak that are undeniable.

Fittingly, then, Nelly has been unveiled as the recipient of the I Am Hip Hop Award at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards. 

Ahead of the broadcast, That Grape Juice‘s Chet Kincaid sat down with the trailblazer who opened up about his journey, impact, new music, and much more.

Watch the interview above and be sure to tune in to the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards tomorrow (October 5) on BET at 9pm ET/PT.

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  1. Shayla Queen™ 👑 October 4, 2021

    Cardboard Box could never 💯💋

    • Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 October 4, 2021

      Lmaooooooooo who is cardboard box? 🤣

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 October 4, 2021

        Cardi B 🤣

      • Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 October 4, 2021

        Lmaoooo, I’m not asking anymore questions 🤣

  2. Adele’s BBL October 4, 2021

    Take Ashanti back and save her from her childless, hitless life. She WILL forgive your country grammar.

  3. True Tea October 4, 2021

    Seem like a lot of rappers who rarely or never promoted violence have enjoyed lengthty careers & their music also have more streams/views.

    People are always talking on lyricism while ignoring the fact some rappers simply have more personality. I remember when Nelly received a lot of hate for NOT being real Hip-Hop, now he’s one of the most celebrated rappers.

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 October 4, 2021

      True 💯

    • eric October 4, 2021

      Never promoted violence, as though his objectification of women is less of a problem. I’ve seen Nelly twice in concert (once when he first started), so I don’t dislike him, but I also don’t consider him better than the next rapper just because his music isn’t normally violent. I’m old enough to remember the Tip Drill controversy and fallout, and it was only a few years ago that he was accused of s-e-xual assault by three different women. Dancing with the Stars showed his likability factor, but it doesn’t mean that his music promotes something less troublesome than violence.

      • True Tea October 4, 2021

        I’m not saying he’s better simply because his music is non violent. But having non violent lyrics may contribute to his longevity & his music receiving more streams/views compared to his drill counterparts.

        There are drill rappers whom I think are better rappers although their content may be difficult for some people to stomach on a daily basis.

      • True Tea October 4, 2021

        Yes the “Tip Drill” video was very gross but he has also released records such as “Just A Dream”. So with him…you atleast have enough balance too offset the more suggestive content.

      • Tori October 4, 2021

        Uh, Eric. . .I’ve seen the way women objective themselves and each other. You preaching a losing battle because it’s nor just the Cardi B’s & Megs of tye world. Classy women on stage talking about eating their own p^ssy. Just congratulate and move on because you have more respect for them women you’re defending than themselves.

  4. Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 October 4, 2021

    Nelly has a certified DIAMOND album in the United States 💎🤳🏽

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