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 Minaj, Janelle Monae, Miguel, H.E.R, Meek Mill, and Ella Mai.