BET honors Anita Baker with the Lifetime Achievement Award

Jamie Foxx hosted the show, which aired live on BET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Anita BakerA trio of powerhouse female vocalists paid tribute to the legendary Anita Baker at the annual BET Awards last night at the Microsoft theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Host Foxx sung a medley of Baker’s enduring classics such as “Same Ol Love,” “Angel,” and “Giving You The Best That I Got,” Marsha Ambrosius sang “Caught Up In The Rapture” while Ledisi jumped into “Sweet Love.”

The highlight of the tribute was Yolanda Adam’s edition of Baker’s “You Bring Me Joy,” which brough Baker to tears.

Beyonce and Bruno Mars took home best R&B/pop artist honors, Tiffany Haddish and Chadwick Boseman were named best actress and actor, respectively and “Black Panther”won for best movie.

Other winners included Ava Duvernay who beat out other contenders Director X, Chris Brown and Benny  Boom for the Video Director of the Year accolade,  Nigerian singer Davido who won best international act and Serena Williams earned the Sportswoman of the Year award.

Performers included  Janelle Monáe,  Snoop Dogg, Meek Milland J. Cole, Migos, Miguel and Nicki Minaj who kicked off her first major award show performance of the year with one of her two comeback singles, “Chun-Li.”

An award was also presented to the Waffle House shooter hero James Shaw Jr., Stoneman Douglas High School survivor Anthony Borges, activist Naomi Wadler, journalist Shaun King, high school student Justin Blackman and Mamoudou Gassama, who scaled a building to save a child.

 

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