BET Awards: Swizz Beatz To Lead DMX Tribute

A host of musical personalities will honour late rapper DMX with a round of special performances at the BET Awards this weekend.

Swizz Beatz and Busta Rhymes are among those who will remember the iconic hitmaker, who died in April aged 50. Famous friends including Method Man and Griselda will share their own versions of DMX’s songs, covering his hip-hop anthems along with material from his posthumous album, Exodus.

Actor Michael K. Williams of The Wire fame is also set to make an appearance as part of the memorial segment, which was curated by choreographer and R&B singer Fatima Robinson and Swizz, a close friend of DMX, who oversaw the completion of Exodus.

"We look forward to celebrating DMX's indelible mark in music and pop culture," said Connie Orlando, executive vice president of specials, music programming and music strategy at BET, in a statement obtained by Billboard. "DMX inspired fans around the world with his signature raspy voice, the delivery of raw emotion through his lyrics and performances, and his giving spirit. We are proud to pay our respects to a hip-hop legend on our biggest stage, the BET Awards."

DMX will also be remembered with an in memoriam tribute at tomorrow's ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

Meanwhile, Queen Latifah will be presented with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sunday ceremony.