Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET announced Wednesday that this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will go to iconic R&B singer-songwriter-producer, Smokey Robinson. The Grammy Living Legend will be recognized for his 50 year career in the music and entertainment industry. In addition to his amazing vocal prowess, Robinson will also be recognized for his prolific songwriting skills which helped shape the Motown sound with his friend and music mogul, Berry Gordy. Many of his hits include “Cruisin,” “Just to See Her” and “Being with You as well as “My Guy” which was performed by the late Mary Wells and “Ain’t That Peculiar” sung by the one and only Marvin Gaye.
Also being recognized is media maverick, Tom Joyner. He will be given the Humanitarian Award for the philanthropic efforts of his Tom Joyner Foundation. The noted organization has raised over $60,000,000 for students attending  historical Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S.
This year’s BET Awards will air on Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. and is hosted by black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Top nominees include Chris Brown, Nicki MinajBeyoncé and Lil Wayne.  Check out a few of my favorite Smokey Robinson tunes below:

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