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BET Awards 2018: Anita Baker To Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

Published: Thursday 21st Jun 2018 by Sam

Anita Baker is set to receive quite the salute at this Sunday’s BET Awards. For, the legendary singer has been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement.

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In an announcement made moments ago, organisers for the event (which airs live from the Microsoft Theater in LA) cited her seismic success and enduring impact as rationale for her selection. They said:

With a career that spanned nearly four decades, she made an everlasting impression on the sound of Soul and R&B music that has inspired generations to come. Ms. Baker is regarded as a trailblazer, opening doors for many females in the industry. Known for ballads such as, “Body & Soul,” “Just Because,” and “Giving You The Best That I Got,” Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has seven platinum albums. Earlier this year the venerable Ms. Baker announced her retirement and is currently embarking on her farewell concert series.

Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the 2018 BET Awards will broadcast performances from the likes of Nicki MinajJanelle Monae, Miguel, H.E.R, Meek Mill, and Ella Mai.

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  1. pat June 21, 2018

    and this new generation literally has no one worthy of honoring her..
    Please call Toni, Jazmine, Stevie, Brandy, Maxwell

    • MUSICHEAD June 21, 2018

      Agreed!

    • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) June 21, 2018

      Agree. Toni better get the call. Anita is a great singer, songwriter, and live performer. You can listen to many of her albums from beginning to end without skipping because the songs are high quality. For example her Rapture album is so classic every song on it is a hit! Same goes for her Rhythm of Love album and Giving You The Best That I Got album. She is the only artist that was able to compete with Whitney at award shows and win!

      • ??? June 21, 2018

        lmao no she wasnt. anita baker never won an award over whitney lmfaooo

      • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) June 21, 2018

        I don’t lie. She surely did. It was the same night Whitney met Bobby and some of the crowd booed Whitney.

      • Fancy BISH June 21, 2018

        Once again, Jasmine is right and ??? is dead wrong lol 😂

    • China June 21, 2018

      Toni, Mariah, Fantasia, Mary J, Tami, Chante Moore and Faith Evans can do a tribute

  2. Truth Dot Com June 21, 2018

    Fantasia, Mary J, and Faith Evans can do a tribute….maybe even Tamia and Toni Braxton!!!!!!!!
    BET……. GET THE HELL ON IT.
    LEGENDARY OMG

    • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) June 21, 2018

      No to Fantasia, Mary, and Faith Evans! Those loudmouth ladies lack the class, sophistication, and unique singing style to do an Anita song justice. Yes to Toni, Ledisi, and Tamia.

      • Truth Dot Com June 21, 2018

        LOL! Well you for one don’t know who Ms. Anita respects.
        And if they are good enough to pull on stage with Anita Baker during her Farewell Tour then THEY sure as hell are good enough for a tribute.!

        Would you like to pick your mouth up off the ground honey?

      • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) June 21, 2018

        My mouth is in place. Your is probably full of nut and booty juice.

  3. Jacob June 21, 2018

    Dear God let Fantasia honor Anita Baker in a Tribute

    • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) June 21, 2018

      No loudmouths!

    • ??? June 21, 2018

      lmao hell no. fantasia screaming to an anita baker song would be tragic lmaoo.

    • Fancy BISH June 21, 2018

      Ya’ll leave Fanny alone lol

  4. Jacob June 21, 2018

    But knowing bet, they will call Meghan trainnor,tevin Campbell and lalah half of the way (even though she is more respected)…but bet be so off key with picking tribute performers….even when I went to a Christie Michelle concert before, she did a Anita baker song and she nailed it and even had her singing voice downpacked

  5. SMH June 21, 2018

    Awesome news! Personally i would pick Toni, Mary J, and Jazmin Sullivan for the tribute. Anita has been the main influence for these women, especially Toni and Mary. Mary got her record deal by making a demo singing ‘Caught Up In The Rapture’, and Toni was basically hand picked by Anita to sing Love Shoulda Brought You Home when she passed on the song. It would be a full circle moment and an amazing tribute.

    • Fancy BISH June 21, 2018

      This! ✅ And Jill Scott or Marsha Ambrosius wouldn’t be bad handling Body And Soul!

  6. Shae June 21, 2018

    If I had it my way:

    Jazmin Sullivan: Rapture

    Toni Braxton: Sweet Love

    Tamia: Body and Soul

    Chaka Khan: Apologize

    Monica: Giving You The Best That I Got

    • Fancy BISH June 21, 2018

      Oh snap! You’re on point lol ✅ 💯

      • Shae June 21, 2018

        I love Auntie Anita! Her music will make you clean a whole damn house and cook a three course meal without even noticing you did it!

      • Fancy BISH June 21, 2018

        Not one lie! Yaaas lol 😂 🤳🏽 Comment of the day! ✅

    • Jacob June 21, 2018

      Chaka can barely remember the lyrics to her own songs

      • Shae June 21, 2018

        Damn. 😂😂😂😂

  7. Kim.Kesha& Pam June 21, 2018

    Monica definitely needs to be a part of this tribute!

  8. ceeplez June 21, 2018

    JoJo would be so amazing for this tribute !! get into her covers of Anita. she is worthy !

  9. Jasmine the original ghetto queen June 21, 2018

    I think Deborah Cox would be amazing also Monica, Jojo, LeToya Lockett or Teyana Taylor are also worthy artist.

  10. ~The Arcade~ June 21, 2018

    Okay Ms. Anita Baker, come through. I can’t wait to hear/ see the showcase of her catalogue. I believe in 2010, she also received the same honor at the Soul Train Awards and yeah that was a spectacular performance by some heavy- hitter sangers.

  11. Olusheyi June 21, 2018

    She definitely deserves this

  12. Thando June 21, 2018

    FINALLY!!! The greatest RnB//Quiet Storm/Soul pioneer vocalist and lyricist! Long, long, long overdue. Body & Soul, I apologize, You belong to me, It’s been you, FAIRYTALES, SWEET LOVE, You bring me joy, No one in the World, Rapture of love, “Been so long”, “GOOD LOVE”, “Same ol Love”, “No more tears”, “Angel”, “Best that I got” are all forever part of the RnB lexicon. LongLiveAnita. LongLiveRnB. Will defo watch just for her!

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