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Nipsey Hussle, Keith Flint among stars remembered by Grammys

The rapper, the Prodigy star and veteran singer Doris Day were among those artists who have passed away over the last 12 months that were honoured during the ceremony at Los Angeles' Staples Centre on Sunday.

Murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle. Picture: Twitter @NipseyHussle.

LONDON - Nipsey Hussle, Keith Flint and Doris Day were among those remembered during the Grammy Awards' In Memoriam segment

The rapper, the Prodigy star and the veteran singer were among those artists who have passed away over the last 12 months that were honoured during the ceremony at Los Angeles' Staples Centre on Sunday, with late Rush drummer Neil Peart, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek and The Monkees' Peter Tork also included.

A medley of various songs played as photos of the likes of Diahann Caroll, producer Busbee, Dick Dale and Juice Wrld were shown on the screen before the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue gave an upbeat performance in celebration of those from the world of music who have lost their lives in the last year.

Elsewhere during the ceremony, Nipsey Hussle - who was shot dead last March - was honoured with a wider tribute from Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, DJ Khaled, John Legend, YG, and Kirk Franklin, who performed a number of his songs, including 'Higher'.

During the performance, videos of the Victory Lap rapper played in the background, while a photo was also displayed of Kobe Bryant following his shock death in a helicopter crash just hours before the event started.

DJ Khaled said on stage during the performance: "Rest in peace, Nipsey Hussle. Rest in peace, Kobe Bryant. Long live, Nip. Long Live, Kobe. The marathon continues."

The late rapper had his first Grammy Award wins at this year's ceremony, with his girlfriend Lauren London accepting the accolade for Best Rap Performance for Racks in the Middle during the non-televised pre-show.

Joined on stage by Nipsey Hussle's grandmother, brother, sister and daughter, London said: "Nip did it not just for the awards but, for the people. And God allowed him to speak his truth, give us wisdom and something that we will forever be able to live with."

She then stepped back to allow Nipsey Hussle's grandmother to thank fans for their love and support before his brother Samiel Asghedom also said a few words.

Higher - a collaboration with DJ Khaled and John Legend - was named Best Rap/Sung Performance.

KEY GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS

Album of the Year: Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Record of the Year: Billie Eilish, Bad Guy

Song of the Year (recognizing songwriting): Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, Bad Guy

Best New Artist: Billie Eilish

Best Music Video: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road

Best Rap Album: Tyler, The Creator, Igor

Best Rock Album: Cage The Elephant, Social Cues

Best Pop Vocal Album: Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Best Pop Solo Performance: Lizzo, Truth Hurts

Best Pop/Duo Performance: Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lizzo, Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)

Best Country Album: Tanya Tucker, While I'm Livin'

Best Alternative Music Album: Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, Celia

Additional reporting by AFP

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