XXXTentacion was celebrated with a posthumous honor at the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards.
The late rapper won Best New Hip Hop Artist during the show, which was taped on Saturday (Oct. 6) at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Fla.
His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, along with X’s former manager, Solomon Sounds, and lawyer, Bob Celestin, accepted on his behalf to cheers from audience members including MadeinTYO. “I love you forever @xxxtentacion !!! Best New Hip Hop Gone 2 Soon. Love u,” tweeted TYO.
XXX beat out the competition in the Best New Hip Hop Artist category, which included Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, Rich the Kid, and BlocBoy JB.
— sincerely, tokyo 🕔🔜 (@madeintyo) October 7, 2018
Additionally, XXX is nominated for two awards at Tuesday’s American Music Awards, including New Artist of the Year and Favorite Soul/R&B Album for 2017’s 17.
The 20-year-old rapper was shot and killed in an apparent robbery in June. Four men have been arrested and charged in connection with his murder. Prior to his death, he had recorded “a significant amount of material” for a third album, due later this fall.
The 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards, which airs Oct. 16, featured performances from Cardi B, T.I., Yo Gotti, A$AP Rocky, YG, Gucci Mane, Lil Baby, Gunna, Lil Pump, and more. Lil Wayne was also honored with the “I Am Hip Hop” award.