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.
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.
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