BET CEO Debra Lee Is First Woman to Win Recording Academy Industry Icon Award—And She “Won’t Be the Last”

Who brought music industry legends Joni Mitchell, Clive Davis, Neil Diamond, Quincy Jones, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder, Russell Simmons; rising stars such as Chance the Rapper and Lorde; Apple CEO Tim Cook; Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas; and a slew of Kardashians to the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, Feb. 11?

BET CEO Debra L. Lee.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Debra Lee and Stephen Hill attend BET's Pre-Grammy Brunch at The Four Seasons Hotel on February 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Debra Lee and Stephen Hill attend BET’s Pre-Grammy Brunch at The Four Seasons Hotel on February 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)

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The 2016 BET Awards Reminded the World to Stay Woke

On June 26, the stage of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles flooded with water as Beyoncé belted out the vocals to Freedom. Kendrick Lamar joined the singer mid-way through the performance, emerging from a cloud of red fog. The duo stomped and splashed as fiery smoke billowed into the rafters.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Recording artists Beyonce (L) and Kendrick Lamar perform onstage during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar perform at the BET Awards. Photo courtesy of Getty.

Beyoncé and Lamar’s battle cry against oppression foreshadowed an electrifying night of activism and empowerment at the 2016 BET Awards.

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Stevie Wonder Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to the UN

by Chanel Cathey, Viacom

 

Stevie Wonder Performs at the United Nations

Stevie Wonder Performs at the United Nations

It’s not every day that the legendary singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and activist we all know as Stevie Wonder performs a three-hour tribute concert for your birthday. UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder did just that in October at the United Nations Day Concert presented by BET. The concert will premiere on Centric this Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. and on BET on March 3 at 11a.m. ET/PT with special performances by Sting, Wyclef Jean, Doug E. Fresh, Estelle, Janelle Monae, Bebe Winans, Jasmine Cruz, Stephanie Mills, Valerie Simpson, and the WonderGirls.

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All Aboard THE SOUL TRAIN

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

If you missed the premiere of the 2012 Soul Train Awards (or just need to re-watch the goodness), there’s a slate of encore presentations coming up over the next couple weeks to make sure everyone gets their fair share of soul.

This year’s iteration of the awards show was the first since the death of Soul Train’s legendary creator, Don Cornelius. With his son Tony Cornelius on hand, the show paid tribute to Don and his contributions to the art of dance.

Other music icons like Stevie Wonder performed at the show (Wonder signed, sealed and delivered the finale), but plenty of time was dedicated to new and emerging hip-hop and R&B artists as well. Ne-Yo, Miguel, Keyshia Cole, John Legend and 2 Chainz all took over the Soul Train stage to perform.

Speaking of 2 Chainz, check out his performance, above, to find out what he wants for his birthday. You can also catch the encore presentations:

  • Tonight, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on BET
  • Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT on BET
  • Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT on BET
  • Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 5:30pm ET/PT on Centric
  • Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8pm ET/PT on Centric