Nelly will be honoured with the I Am Hip Hop award at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards in October.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the Hot in Herre hitmaker will be recognised for his accomplishments in the industry, including a slew of chart-topping hits.
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"I am honoured to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award," the 46-year-old rapper said in a statement.
"I have been blessed to work with some incredible people in my career, making 22 years go by in the blink of an eye. This award isn't just about Nelly, it is about my fans, BET, and the people that continue to support me and allow me to do what I love to do," he added.
Catch the 16th annual BET Hip Hop Awards on Wednesday, 6 October at 03:00 CAT, with a repeat at 20:00 CAT on BET Africa (DStv 129).