Did you grow up with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles? I did.
Their signature songs like “Better Shop Around,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “I Second That Emotion,” “The Tears of a Clown” and “Ooo Baby Baby.” were the soundtrack to my early years. These songs sound amazing still and I just love them, and that’s the benchmark in my book of any classical music.
BET Networks revealed that legendary R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Smokey Robinson will be honored with the coveted Lifetime Achievement award at the 15th annual “BET Awards” 2015 on Sunday, June 28, 2015. In addition, radio icon and philanthropist Tom Joyner will receive the evening’s Humanitarian award.
Did you also know that Smokey was a key player at Motown, writing hit tunes for other artists such as “My Guy” for Mary Wells, “My Girl” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do” for the Temptations, “Don’t Mess With Bill” for the Marvelettes, “Ain’t That Peculiar” for Marvin Gaye and “First I Look at the Purse” for the Contours?
Robinson was also a solo artist, releasing singles such as “Baby That’s Backatcha,” “Cruisin’,” “Being With You,” “Just to See Her,” “One Heartbeat” and “Everything You Touch.”
Even my kids got some Smokey religion. He has made countless TV appearances, but the one he filmed for “Sesame Street” where he sang “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” struggling in the grip of the letter U made an impression!
During the course of his 50-year career in music, multi-award winning musician Smokey Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and his accolades have been recognized with numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and served as the Vice President of Motown Records, shaping the label’s success and cementing its place in music history.
Since the 1990’s, philanthropist Tom Joyner has been the well-known and loved radio host of The Tom Joyner Show which pulls in over 8 million ears across the nation. In 19989, as an homage to his roots, he created the Tom Joyner Foundation whose mission is to earmark dollars for students and schools that have run out of money and has raised more than $60 million to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. The Foundation, just like the morning show and his other endeavors, exists to serve the African American community.
Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the “BET Awards” will include performances by Chris Brown and Kendrick Lamar. The star power continues as Michael B. Jordan and entertainer Zendaya will take the stage as presenters during the 15th anniversary of the annual highly-anticipated televised event. Additional names to be announced.
Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the “BET Awards” along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
The “BET Awards” 2015 will air LIVE on Sunday, June 28, 2015 on BET and will premiere around the world on BET’s international network on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00pm BST / 10:00pm CAT and will air live on MTV Australia for the very first time (check local listings).
The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. Live in Los Angeles from June 25-28, 2015. BET.com/Awards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show.
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