In a heartfelt and bittersweet moment at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the Forbes family accepted the Global Visionary Award on behalf of the late South African rapper, AKA. This posthumous recognition comes as a tribute to the enduring impact he left on the hip-hop landscape.
A Tribute to a Visionary
Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes, who tragically lost his life in a fatal shooting incident in Durban earlier this year, was honored with the prestigious Global Visionary Award. AKA’s name had also graced the list of nominees for the Best International Flow category, alongside fellow rapper K.O. However, it was this special acknowledgment of his contributions to the world of hip-hop that stood out.
AKA’s mother, Lynn Forbes, and his daughter, Kairo Forbes, represented him at the awards ceremony held in Atlanta. The two not only accepted the award with grace but also made their presence felt on social media. Kairo, holding her late father’s newest accolade, posed for the paparazzi, while Lynn took the opportunity to speak to journalists on the red carpet.
A Music Icon Turned Visionary
Monde Twala, Senior Vice President & GM Paramount Africa & Lead BET International, offered glowing words about the late rapper, stating, “Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes was not just a music icon; he was a visionary.” Twala emphasized the importance of recognizing AKA’s innovative spirit and unwavering dedication to his craft, which left an indelible mark on the world. The Global Visionary Award is a testament to the profound influence AKA had on the music industry and beyond.
The legacy of AKA, with its blend of artistry and vision, continues to resonate with future generations. This recognition serves as a reminder that music transcends borders and possesses the power to unite people from diverse backgrounds. AKA’s contributions to the world of hip-hop and his enduring legacy will continue to inspire artists and fans alike.
In a year marked by both triumphs and tragedies, AKA’s posthumous recognition stands as a testament to the lasting impact he had on the global music scene. As we celebrate his achievements, we also remember the loss of a true visionary who continues to inspire us all.