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Snoop, a former label mate and friend of Shakur, says he attended the event to make sure the rapper, actor and poet is remembered as a "strong black man that stood for his". Pac's a part of history for a reason - because he made history. You will always be right with us. You will live on forever. "They can't take this away from you homie", he said, accepting the statuette on Shakur's behalf. "While many remember him now as some kind of thugged out superhero, Tupac really was only good and he represented through his music like no one before", Snoop began in his speech. T.I. - decked out in Tupac's signature bow-tie bandanna and a leather corset gave an affecting cover of "Keep Ya Head Up".

But Snoop didn't shy away from the dark side of their fame, which ultimately led to Tupac's murder.

Snoop spoke about his fallen friend, calling him "the greatest rapper of all time" and even shared a amusing story about going parasailing with him. He wore it like a badge of honor.

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He continued, "It was also the first time I worked with Nile physically, but spiritually he's been in the studio with me for more than 25 years".

Tributes were also paid on Friday to Chuck Berry, who died last month at age 90 and who was the first person ever to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and Prince, who died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April 2016. We shared a whole lot in common. We were both born in the same [neighborhood in] '71. He saw more potential in me than I saw in myself, and it's amusing because after he passed away, I started getting a lot of movie roles and all this stuff. The look comes from 1996 The New York Times Magazine cover that 'Pac appeared on alongside Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg.

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