Grammy Award-nominated rapper Nas (real name Nasir Jones) was honored Friday (January 24th) night at Vibe magazine’s Impact Awards. The exclusive pre-Grammy event was held in Los Angeles. Celebrity guests included J.Cole (who gave a moving speech about the 42-year-old rapper), Diddy (who launched his Hollywood studio earlier in the day), Keyshia Cole, Chrisette Michele, Lil Mo, Swizz Beatz, Scarface and a few other familiar faces.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’ “Illmatic“. Presented in partnership with Malibu Red for the second year, last year’s Impact Awards honored singer Mary J. Blige.