Kendrick Lamar, Future
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Beating out multiple contenders Kendrick Lamar won the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist prize at the 2017 BET Awards. Kendrick beat out over heavyweights Big Sean, Chance the Rapper, Drake, Future, and J. Cole.

In his acceptance speech, K. Dot paid tribute to the late Prodigy who had passed away the week before. Lamar stated that Prodigy, “inspired my first mixtape at 16 years old.”

Earlier the evening Kendrick had shocked the crowd with a appearance during Future’s performance of “Mask Off.” Both rappers, both nominated for the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist award, combined to perform the remix of the hit song.

The TDE signed artist is continuing to have a monster year. He has inspired a film based off of a single verse in his song “Lust” and is scheduled to perform at Rihanna’s 2017 Diamond Ball. Hosted by Dave Chappelle the fundraiser is designed to support Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation. Lamar’s album DAMN. is a platinum selling masterpiece.

Watch K. Dot’s acceptance speech below:

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