Entertainment Music Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz and More Pay Tribute to Late Rapper DMX at 2021 BET Awards During Sunday's show, BET honored the late rapper with a special tribute performance By Vanessa Etienne Vanessa Etienne Twitter Vanessa Etienne is an Emerging Content Writer-Reporter for PEOPLE. Prior to joining in April 2021, she served as a reporter for Men's Health Magazine and BET Digital after freelancing for publications such as The New York Times and Everyday Health. Originally from northern Virginia, Vanessa is a proud Haitian American with a love for R&B music and mental health topics. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's in Communication and Public Relations before earning her master's degree in Journalism from the City University of New York. People Editorial Guidelines and Sarah Michaud Sarah Michaud Instagram Sarah Michaud is the senior news editor of PEOPLE's music vertical. She has been with the brand for close to 15 years, holding various roles across the digital news team before focusing on music. In 2021, Sarah won the CMA media achievement award for her coverage of country music. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, social work and English and resides outside of Boston. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 28, 2021 12:31 AM Share Tweet Pin Email DMX's legacy in hip-hop was honored with a special tribute during the 2021 BET Awards. During Sunday's show, the life of DMX — né Earl Simmons — was celebrated with a performance curated by longtime friend and producer Swizz Beatz. He was joined on stage by Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and Griselda for a medley of the late rapper's songs, including a special appearance by Michael K. Williams. The tribute featured some of DMX's iconic hits from his time with label Ruff Ryders, including "Slippin'," "Party Up," "What's My Name?," "Where the Hood At?," "MY N**** / X Gon' Give It to Ya," "Get at Me Dog," "Ruff Ryders' Anthem," and "DMX Prayer." The star-studded show also included new songs from DMX's posthumous Def Jam album, Exodus, which was released May 28. DMX tribute. Bennett Raglin/Getty It ended with a voiceover from DMX as a violinist took the stage. "And still you gave me love," the late rapper was heard saying, "I love you like you love me — unconditionally." BET Awards 2021: Everything to Know About the Star-Studded Event That Will Honor 'Black Excellence' DMX Dead at 50 a Week After Star Suffered Heart Attack: 'A Warrior Who Fought Till the Very End' DMX died Friday, April 9 at White Plains Hospital in New York, one week after he was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack and put on life support. He was 50. Born Dec. 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, the rapper released 15 Billboard Hot 100 megahit songs, including "Party Up (Up In Here)" which peaked at No. 27 on the list and charted for 21 weeks. Going platinum 14 times in the U.S. and selling more than 74 million records worldwide, DMX earned several nominations throughout his decades-long career, including Billboard Music Award, Grammy Award, Soul Train Music Award, and MTV Video Music Award nominations. In 2000, he won the American Music Award for favorite artist in the hip-hop rap category. Listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day for more on 2021 BET Awards. "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," Connie Orlando, executive vice president of specials, music programming and music strategy at BET said in a statement. "We are proud to pay our respects to a hip-hop legend on our biggest stage, the BET Awards." DMX. Jonathan-Mannion In DMX's final recorded interview before his death, the rapper looked back on his life and legacy, saying he was grateful for helping to launch a music industry "movement" and for "every moment" of his life. "I'm going to look back on my life, just before I go, and thank God for every moment," DMX said in the clip. "It's those moments, when they come together, that you see the beauty in who you are and why you are." The 2021 BET Awards are airing live at 8 p.m. ET on BET. Viewers without a cable subscription can tune in to watch BET on certain packages with several streaming services, including YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, Fubo TV and Philo.