The rapper nabs award for his documentary on Liberia.
Nas, the iconic rapper from Queensbridge, New York, has recently been honored not for his music prowess, but for his skills as a filmmaker. The multi-platinum artist was named the recipient of a Sports Emmy for his ESPN documentary, Survival 1, about two young men navigating war-torn Liberia.
Nas produced, directed and scored the film, which aired on ESPN in May 2010. Although the platinum-selling artist is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, prestigious music awards have eluded him throughout his career. Nas has never won a Grammy for any of his nine solo albums.
“After all these years of making music, I am honored to have this be the first award I ever won of this magnitude,” Nas said of the news. “An Emmy before a Grammy. Crazy [bleep]!”
The Illmatic rapper joins his old rival Jay-Z on the list of this year's National Sports Emmy Recipients. Hov was recently honored for his performance at the 2010 Super Bowl.
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