This year, organizers of the third annual Soul Train Awards announced that they will pay tribute to the late rapper, Heavy D.

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The Soul Train Awards will take place this Thursday evening in Atlanta, Georgia, the night before Heavy D will be laid to rest at the historic Grace Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon, New York. According to the Grio, rappers Big Daddy Kane, Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh are among the artists set to honor him.

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Diddy, who was very close to Heavy D, is scheduled to speak at his memorial service on Friday along with Rev. Al Sharpton. Following Heavy D’s passing, Diddy released this statement, “He was a wonderful human being, who inspired and paved the way for a Hip Hop generation. We were like brothers — I will miss him more than words can express.”