XXXTentacion Wins Posthumously At American Music Awards

Slain American rapper XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, has won an American Music Award for his album 17.

The album won favourite record in the soul/R&B category, seeing off stiff competition from other established artists.

His mother Cleopatra Bernard, accepted the prize on her son’s behalf, four months after he was shot dead in Florida aged 20.

A tearful Cleopatra said: “I am honoured. On behalf of my son, I would like to thank the AMAs, his fans and everyone who made this possible. Thanks guys, I appreciate it.”

A CCTV video clearly showed the moment when the rapper’s sports car was blocked by another vehicle, two masked gunmen approached and shot XXXTentacion multiple times as he left a motorcycle dealership in South Florida.

The gunmen fled with a Louis Vuitton bag containing 50,000 US dollars (£37,900). Four men are accused of his death.

XXXTentacion is one of three high-profile rappers to die this year, alongside Lil Peep and Mac Miller.