9:32am PT by Gail Mitchell, Billboard
Vibe Impact Awards to Honor Nas
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum rapper Nas will be the honoree at Vibe magazine’s second annual Impact Awards. The pre-Grammy, invitation-only gala will be held on Jan. 24 at a private location in downtown Los Angeles. Additional details will be announced closer to the gala date.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’ groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, which Vibe editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall describes in a statement as "arguably hip-hop’s most flawless piece of work. Nas’ ability to clearly capture his surroundings in song is a special talent."
Presented in partnership with Malibu Red for the second year, Vibe’s Impact Awards salute entertainers whose achievements have changed pop culture.
Last year’s inaugural gala, held at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, celebrated Vibe’s 20th anniversary and the career of honoree Mary J. Blige. Guests paying tribute to Blige included Sean "Diddy" Combs, Queen Latifah, Anita Baker, SWV, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Big Sean and industry executive Andre Harrell.