The Purple One strikes again. With most nominees already announced for this year's BET Awards, the network has revealed that it will honor Prince with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award when the ceremony airs live from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on June 27.
"Prince is dynamic. Prince is genius. Prince is music," said BET's President of Programming Stephen G. Hill, noting that the singer will be celebrated for his 'unique style.'
Prince joins previous recipients such as James Brown, Diana Ross, Al Green and Chaka Khan, honored for their remarkable contributions to the music industry. John Legend is also set to receive the special BET Humanitarian Award, given to a philanthropist who donates money and time to charitable causes. Legend joins Wyclef Jean, Quincy Jones and Alicia Keys in receiving this accolade.
This year's ceremony, hosted by Queen Latifah, is slated to feature performances from Ludacris, Drake, Janet Jackson, Diddy-Dirty Money, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Trey Songz and more, with a special performance planned by Kanye West, who will make his award show debut since he notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Prince recently released a new song 'Cause and Effect' earlier this year, and was honored as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010. His twenty-sixth album, 'LOtUSFLOW3R,' was released in March 2009, debuting at Number Two on the Billboard Album Chart and has sold more than 400,000 copies to date.
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BET to give Prince lifetime achievement award
(AP) – 6 hours ago
NEW YORK — This month's BET Awards will be a royal affair: Prince is getting a lifetime achievement honor.
The 51-year-old joins the likes of James Brown, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Al Green in being honored by the BET Awards, which will celebrate its 10th year in Los Angeles on June 27.
BET says the Prince tribute will stand out. Stephen G. Hill, president of programming, music and specials for the network, said BET will celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's "unique style."
"Prince is dynamic. Prince is genius. Prince is music," Hill said of the performer, who has 10 platinum albums and 30 Top 40 singles to his name.
The BET show will be hosted by Queen Latifah and include performances by Kanye West.