Smokey Robinson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at BET Awards 2015

Smokey Robinson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at BET Awards 2015

And this year's recipient of the Humanitarian Award is radio legend Tom Joyner.

Published June 17, 2015

Legendary singer-songwriter and producer Smokey Robinson will receive the Lifetime Achievement honor at the BET Awards 2015.

The Detroit native, who helped mold the iconic sound of Motown Records, is celebrated for possessing one of the most brilliant pens in music history, in addition to his influence as a recording artist. “Shop Around,” his first platinum record with the Miracles, “My Girl" by the TemptationsMarvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Familiar,” and Mary Wells’s Grammy-nominated 1962 hit “You Beat Me to the Punch” are a small sample of the more than 4,000 songs to his credit.

Throughout his 50-year career, Robinson has amassed a long list of accolades, including an induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, a 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. 

Also earning a special acknowledgment at the BET Awards 2015 is radio icon and philanthropist Tom Joyner, who will receive the Humanitarian Award. The beloved host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show reaches eight million listeners across the nation.

In 1998, Joyner founded the Tom Joyner Foundation, whose aim is to provide financial assistance to schools and students in need. To date, the organization has raised over $60 million to help students at historically black colleges and universities.

Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, this year’s award show will feature performances from Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and others.

The 15th Annual BET Awards will air on Sunday, June 28 at 8P/C.

Click here for a full list of 2015 nominees.    

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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