VIBE Media hosted their second annual Impact Awards last Friday sponsored by Malibu Red. This annual event was created to honor entertainers whose accomplishments have changed pop culture and VIBE carefully chose Nas, in recognition of his influence on hip hop culture over the past two decades. The event began with an intimate ceremony with Nas’s closest friends, industry veterans and celebrity attendees. While guests dined on sushi and sipped Malibu Red, VIBE Editor in Chief, Jermaine Hall, Faith Newman (the woman who first signed him), No I.D., Swizz Beatz, and J.Cole all took the stage to speak a few words to honor the legendary emcee.
A tribute video dedicated to Nas was filled with celebrity friends and fans including Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Miguel, Steve Stoute, Rakim and more. Finally, Swizz Beatz hit the stage and spoke from his heart as he presented the VIBE Impact Award to the hip hop icon. Nas, looking dapper in a lime green Tom Ford jacket, took the stage to accept the award where he thanked everyone who ever had a hand in his success. He even surprised his manager Anthony Saleh, as well as his former manager, Steve Stoute, by asking them to come on stage and say a few words. Saleh and Stoute went up separately and gave off the cuff speeches that were both filled with love and admiration for Nas. Other celebrities in attendance included Keyshia Cole, Chrissette Michelle and Busta Rhymes.
D-Nice spun the upbeat after party for celebrity attendees that included Nene Leakes, Draya, Emily B, Lil Mo, Gloria Govan, Elle Varner, A$AP Ferg and more.
BOSSIP was in the building for this great event and we have to say it was one of our favorite from Grammy weekend. Hit the flip for the tribute video and more great photos from Nas’ special night.
This one is pretty special. We love that he’s always shunned the mainstream and that he shied away from being called a legend.
Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez