Vote: Who Should Be The 2020 BET Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient?

Published: Wednesday 17th Jun 2020 by Rashad

Less than two weeks separate us from the 2020 BET Awards!

Pressing forward unconventionally with its first ‘virtual showing’ on June 28, Urban entertainment’s biggest night is set to be hosted by actress-comic Amanda Seales and feature stage-blazing performances by the likes of Usher, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, and more (as we reported here).

As fans clamor over which of their favorite acts will take home the show’s coveted trophies (click here to see nominations), BET is saving for last its announcement of who will be the recipient of its prized Lifetime Achievement Award.  Already listing legendary acts like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Patti Labelle, Prince, and Lionel Richie among its honorees, the 2020 trophy has been shrouded in mystery as to who will be its designated awardee.

As we await official word, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – to ask:

Who should be the recipient of the 2020 BET Lifetime Achievement Award?


BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Winners

2001: Whitney Houston
2002: Earth Wind & Fire
2003: James Brown
2004: The Isley Brothers
2005: Gladys Knight
2006: Chaka Khan
2007: Diana Ross
2008: Al Green
2009: The O’Jays
2010: Prince
2011: Patti Labelle
2012: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly
2013: Charlie Wilson
2014: Lionel Richie
2015: Smokey Robinson
2016: Samuel L. Jackson
2017: New Edition
2018: Anita Baker
2019: Mary J. Blige
2020: ?????


After reviewing the list above, vote for which name listed below you think is most deserving to join the prestigious ranks.


Your thoughts?

Comments 58

Please Post Your Comments & Reviews

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Pat June 17, 2020

    Well they missed the mark last year…love Mary but that could’ve waited…lol

    • Marcellous June 17, 2020

      TLC is the biggest selling girl group and MTV & VH1 has always paid tribute to the girls but BET ALWAYS overlooks TLC. IT IS OVERDUE!!!

    • C**-ila June 17, 2020

      Agree with you Pat! Mary is a legend but it’s too soon..

      I’m praying they give it to Tina, and invite all the artists she loves and influenced over the year to make her the tribute she deserves!
      Beyoncé, Janet, Cyndi Lauper, Jordin Sparks, JHud, Céline Dion, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox, Queen Latifah, Zendaya and Adrienne Warren…

      • MC30 June 18, 2020

        Mariah carey deserves it

    • Bluebird June 18, 2020


  2. Clarks0o0ñ June 17, 2020

    Wait, mary j blige was given a lifetime achievement award in 2019, for what exactly ?
    She is only 49 years old.

    Dionne Warwick should get it.
    She has done alot.

    Or stevie wonder.

  3. Pat June 17, 2020

    Clark sisters w tributes from. Monologue from Mariah
    Surprise performance Beyonce

    • PinotNoir June 17, 2020

      Tamar said she ain’t leaving her condo. 😆

      • Pat June 17, 2020

        Lol Gimme chloe n Halle then

    • IAMME June 18, 2020


  4. Hated for my opinion June 17, 2020

    Tina should get it because she won’t coming across the pond anyway. Gone head and get Beyonce to do a tribute from her living room and let her say she a savage got this ish from Tina

    • Fancy BISH June 17, 2020

      Yaaaaas, I like the way you think lol ✅ ✅ ✅ 💯

  5. FAF June 17, 2020

    Mariah tina Stevie or toni

    But since Beyonce won’t be there or support this disrespectful ass network tina tribute wouldn’t work so it would have to be one of the others

  6. Karter June 17, 2020

    As much as I LOVE MC, Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, should receive the LAA.

  7. Michael June 17, 2020

    Beyonce should be on this list, but since Beyonce is not there, give it to Sade adu

    • ShecorieyStephens June 20, 2020

      Beyoncé not ready yet it’s gone be the best night ever I think it’s too soon for bey right now let them others go

  8. Paulo June 17, 2020

    I love almost everyone in that list… all of them should be inducted eventually. would’ve picked Toni but it’s only fair to award those who are still recording music later… so Ms Tina Turner or Mr Stevie Wonder

  9. eric June 17, 2020

    Easy. Mariah. Who else is setting new records with music 25 years old (“All I Want for Christmas”) and earning the top spot on one of America’s biggest music platforms with an album 17 years after its release (“Glitter”)? Those are major lifetime achievements.

    • PinotNoir June 17, 2020

      Valid points. 👍

    • BeQuiet!!! June 17, 2020

      Mariah Mariah Mariah ❤️

      With performed by
      Faith Evans
      Tamar Braxton
      Chante Moore

  10. Sean June 17, 2020

    Dionne Warwick deserves this! Period. Y’all only wanna celebrate the legends before these pop girls when they paved the way. Celebrate then while they’re alive! Dionne is my answer.

    • ShecorieyStephens June 20, 2020


  11. CJ June 17, 2020

    TLC is long overdue!!!! They are the biggest selling girl group in US Music History!!!!!

    • Gee June 17, 2020


  12. CJ June 17, 2020

    TLC! TLC! TLC!

  13. MusicBoy9 June 17, 2020

    Tina Turner. It should be given to an artist who has retired, and is practically done with their career. I love MC, but her career is still going on strong. Why give a lifetime achievement award to people who are still pretty young?!

  14. Tori June 17, 2020

    I would say The Clark Sisters for starters. They’ve had a career thats been going strong since 1968 and had a great comeback year to billboard, because theyve been touring LITERALLY EVERY YEAR since the 1980’s, seperately and collectively. Also, they inspired the entire damn industry, music and Hollywood. Theyve had a tremendous year even during the pandemic, which is crazy and have an expanded version of their album coming out around that time. Also, Sade would be a great artist as well. Shes managed to stay in her lane and still excell for decades without trying to be something she’s not. A Tina tribute with Beyonce and Fantasia going back to back would be so dope but Tina has disassociated herself with the US also has had a string of health issues, so would she even care. Boyz II Men as well. Can we give the award to some underdog artist? Artist who rarely get any recognition for their achievements and not make this a popularity contest or award artist who get awarded all the time.

  15. Danyboo June 17, 2020

    Lifetime Achievement BET!!!!!
    1 Janet Jackson
    2 Kool & the Gang
    3 George Clinton & Parliament

    Top 3

    Please don’t mess this up y’all

  16. Steve June 17, 2020

    TLC bearing Mariah Carey? 4real? Did TLC or any other previous winner write 18 #1 singles? When you look at producers and writers with the most number #1’s you get Max Martin, Paul McCartney, & Mariah Carey. There is no other woman listed for miles. MC is the only one deserving this award.

    • Divab June 17, 2020

      I so agree it should be MC without a doubt. Second choice would be Stevie Wonder

  17. June 17, 2020

    all of them.

  18. Terry Allen June 17, 2020

    I just have to say its right on time for my group to get this honor seriously. Left eye would be smiling and in spirit there with them if there honored with these amazing recognition.

  19. Corey June 17, 2020

    Either TLC, Mariah Carey or Janet Jackson

  20. taustin13 June 17, 2020

    King’s and Queen’s

  21. Jus June 18, 2020

    Mariah Carey

  22. Melanie June 18, 2020

    About time this living legend was acknowledged for all of her amazing work!

  23. Suede Noel June 18, 2020

    Mariah is and has been a pioneer in the music industry, whether it be influencing young and upcoming artists vocally or making them recognize songwriting capabilities… She isn’t just a great voice but Mariah also writes all of her own material, arranges the vocal arrangements on each song, is a global activist when it comes to human rights… A leader in everything that she sets out to do… He has the most number 1 singles on the billboard hot 100 charts has the only song to debut at number 1 and stay there for 16 consecutive weeks, she is the most successful female artist of all time according to billboard and has 30 years in the music industry and is still relevant as she has the first number 1 song on the Billboard hot 100 charts… A song that was released 25 years ago and I think this would be a reoccurring number 1 song every Christmas Holiday.

    She is the only artist in the world to have a number 1 song within the past four decades. She is super iconic especially when it comes to the crossover of hip hop and R&B and Pop music making it’s collaboration if y’all don’t understand how legendary this woman is, and recognize her with the lifetime achievement award then clearly we are missing something.

    Mariah will and always be a Legend and all legends deserve acknowledgment while they are still around to receive their honors!


  24. Antonio June 18, 2020

    Mariah Carey

  25. Rayven June 18, 2020

    Mariah Carey deserves it more then anyone. 1.19 #1’s on billboard also making her the first and only female to do this. 2.fantasy being the first song by a female to debut at #1. 3. Having a #1 hit every year in the 90’s making her billboard artists of the decade during the 90’s. 4. Not only is she a wonderful singer she is a brilliant writer. 18 of the 19 #1’s she wrote, including the annual hit classic Christmas song all I want for Christmas is you. And surely but not lastly she has been at the #1 spot longer than any other artist in the history of recording music. Soo yeah, she deserves it. P.S- she also became artist of the millennia in the 2000’s thanks to one of her longest running #1’s we belong together which also became song of the decade. I keep going but I don’t want to bore u with the overwhelming accomplishment this woman set and still reigns till this day. Now could the othe nominees say the same.

  26. Mia Clark June 18, 2020

    TLC should’ve been had one. It’s long overdue and I think that it’s time.

  27. John Paul R. Toledo June 18, 2020

    Remember this, Mariah is one of those artists who changed the music industry. She brought Pop and HipHop collaboration in the mainstream, she took risk to do it.

    Mariah Carey inspired a lot of artists nowadays. So Mariah Carey is very deserving for this award.

  28. Anthony Nelson June 18, 2020

    Mariah Carey should win

  29. Debbie June 18, 2020

    Mariah Carey of course! She has sold more than all of them and she has more #1 hits. Don’t get me wrong I love ALL of these artist but these are also facts.

  30. Moe June 18, 2020

    I love everyone on this list, TLC the most. As far as lifetime achievement, here’s my list in order of who should get it

    Tina Turner
    Stevie Wonder
    Mariah Carey

    But seeing that Mary won recently, I guess anyone on the list is fare game. LOL

  31. Starlette Fairley June 18, 2020

    Mariah Carey

  32. Andres Chirino June 18, 2020

    She is the one and only who deserve to win, because her carrier, talent, voice, producer, written and others things

  33. menudi June 18, 2020

    I mean if Stevie or Tina haven’t gotten it yet then they definitely should. The may have to start doubling up on these things though because there are many deserving people out there and I think they should get their flowers before they die. Mariah is deserving for all she’s done but if you were to ask Mariah, she would tell you her inspiration as a singer and her favorite artist of all time is Stevie Wonder.

  34. Micah Starks June 18, 2020

    Mariah Carey is the queen of R&B and pop! And in my opinion she deserves this award!!!

  35. Carol Gilmore June 18, 2020

    I think Toni Braxton should get the award

  36. Denise 🦋 June 18, 2020

    MARIAH CAREY! 19 number one hits, 5 Grammy awards, over 200 million records sold, writes all her own music, 5 Octave range…I could go on and on!

  37. Misty Knight June 18, 2020

    A Lifetime Achievement should ONLY go to someone that has LIVED A LIFETIME, not four or five decades. Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick – how much longer will they be with us? Mariah will get one – when she’s lived a LIFETIME. She has alot more to do…

    • ShecorieyStephens June 20, 2020

      I just said that to someone who mentioned Beyoncé should get it lol Beyoncé still making music and only in her late 30’s she’s young still a lot of living to do

  38. ShecorieyStephens June 20, 2020

    Well they did allowed y’all to vote and TLC came on top. Everybody had the chance to vote y’all act like they made the choice. They were all great choices but I wished the Clark sisters were on the list they had a wonderful year this year and in times like this we all need Jesus touch through them.

  39. Armenian June 22, 2020

    I coulda sworn that Michael Jackson received it. I guess it was just tributes

  40. OOPS June 26, 2020

    Please skip giving out this award in 2020. Unless you can give a worthy tribute to the honoree. MARIAH CAREY should’ve gotten this before Mary

  41. Lawrence Pearson August 8, 2020

    1 Word Sade

    • Lawrence Pearson August 8, 2020

      Sade is a Legend and never get her doooos…1Luv Sade

Recommended Posts