On Sunday night (Nov. 22), Nelly delivered a rousing medley at the 2020 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Tipping his hat off to his 2000 hip-hop opus Country Grammar, Nelly dished out various singles alongside his St. Lunatic compatriot City Spud. First, he gave fans a healthy helping of “Country Grammar” before dipping into “E.I.” and his singsong anthem “Ride With Me.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of his debut album Country Grammar. The diamond-selling album spawned a bevy of Billboard Hot 100 hits and propelled Nelly into rap superstardom. In an interview with Billboard last month, Nelly explained why he must maintain his hip-hop lifestyle despite collaborating in other genres.
“I live a hip-hop life. When you get certain artists that don’t live the hip-hop life and all of a sudden they wanna do a hip-hop album, I look at that like a little bit of a, ‘Nah, c’mon, ya’ll,’” he shared. “You can be hip-hop influenced, your song can be hip-hop influenced, your album can be hip-hop influenced, but you’re not a hip-hop artist. And I’m not a country artist, so I don’t want to disrespect all those that work hard that live the country life.”
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