BET's 10th Annual WALK OF FAME Salutes Luminary Smokey Robinson With an Unforgettable Evening of Honors; Host of Superstar Performers Collaborate to Pay Tribute to 'The Man Behind The Music'.WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Adored Motown alum Smokey Robinson was inducted as the tenth honoree to be enshrined along BET's prestigious WALK OF FAME during a sophisticated night of elegance on Saturday at the network's Washington, D.C. corporate headquarters. In recognition of Robinson's lauded career, BET packed the house with Washington D.C.'s movers and shakers, bestowing the "man behind the music" with a star-studded evening of tributes and performances by distinguished friends, contemporaries, and mentors. Joining in on the celebration of Robinson's amazing career were past WALK OF FAME honorees Stevie Wonder and Boyz II Men Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988 as a quintet which originally included Marc Nelson, Boyz II Men found fame as a quartet, with members Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris, on Motown , along with artists India.Arie, Floetry, Christina Milian, New Edition, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Levert, and Brian McKnight. Newcomers Ricky Fante and John Legend rounded out the performance slate during a spectacular night punctuated with special video tributes from Usher, Gladys Knight and R. Kelly. Hosted by award-winning radio personality and BET legend Donnie Simpson, viewers will have a front row seat to all the excitement when the 10TH ANNUAL BET WALK OF FAME premieres on Tuesday, October 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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The highly-anticipated event paid homage to one of the most prolific producers, songwriters and recording artists of the Motown era, as well as raised awareness and financial support for worthy causes. This year, proceeds will be shared between United Negro College Fund The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is a Fairfax, Virginia-based American philanthropic organization that fundraises college tuition money for African-American students and general scholarship funds for 39 historically black colleges and universities. (UNCF UNCF United Negro College Fund, Inc.
UNCF United Nations Children's Fund (formerly UNICEF)
UNCF Unione Nazionale Cacciatori Falconieri ) and the BET Foundation, which executes the Healthy BET obesity-awareness campaign and other pro-social causes. The annual charitable black-tie affair has generated over $2.5 million dollars since 1995. "To recognize history you must recognize the future," stressed Bob Johnson, BET's Founder and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , at the event. "BET is proud to be an annual contributor to UNCF through our WALK OF FAME gala and telecast," stated Johnson to the sold-out VIP audience.
The night was threaded with fanfare and serenades to the famed falsetto falsetto (fôlsĕt`tō) [Ital.,=diminutive of false], high-pitched, unnatural tones above the normal register of the male voice, produced, according to some theories, by the vibration of only the edges of the larynx. , including concert-style rotations of his groundbreaking hits redone by a host of longtime followers and newfound devotees. Arranged by acclaimed musical director Patrice Rushen, performances featured reflective renditions by respected Grammy Award-winners Stevie Wonder and Boyz II Men who crooned "Tears of A Clown," and "Shop Around" respectively, a sensual "Ooo Baby Baby" by Gerald Levert heated things up a notch, and a fitting Temptations-style medley of "The Way You Do The Things You Do," "Get Ready," and "My Girl" by New Edition brought the audience to their feet. Additional highlights included Christina Milian's sultry performance of "My Guy," India.Arie's soulful version of "Tracks of My Tears," Floetry's mesmerizing rendering of "Who's Loving Who," and a flirtatious duet of "Ebony Eyes" belted out by Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry) and Gerald Levert. BET teamed again with Cossette Productions, famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards (R) and the past four record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the two-hour telecast.
Smokey Robinson joins an illustrious group of past WALK OF FAME honorees, including Michael Jackson (1995), Whitney Houston (1996), Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds “Babyface” redirects here. For other uses, see Babyface (disambiguation).
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"I don't know how to say thank you," enthused Smokey to the elite crowd after receiving his award from BET President and Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. Debra Lee. "This has been one of the best nights of my life," he reflected, speaking fondly of the activities leading up to the presenting moment. The show's conclusion was the pinnacle of the night as Smokey wowed the audience with a combination of blockbuster hits from his dynasty of sound, proving his status as an icon worthy of the occasion.
The Detroit-born star's ballads have brought listening pleasure to millions of enthusiasts nationally through a remarkable career with scores of chart-topping hits. His extensive body of work has earned him countless awards including a Grammy Award (R), NARAS NARAS National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy awards)
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American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers ), the National Medal of Arts Award from the White House, as well as a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame to name a few. Robinson has helped to shape the landscape of R&B and can be credited for one of the most popular late-night radio genres, "Quiet Storm," a radio format dubbed for its likeness to Robinson's biggest solo album's title track, Quiet Storm. This year, Robinson independently released a Gospel album titled "Food For Thought," and also launched "Smokey Robinson's Soul In the Bowl Gumbo."
From the Motown era to present, Smokey's contributions are irrefutable -- for over three decades he has graced the music industry with timeless tunes that spotlight his songwriting expertise, sophisticated vocal ability and superior musical talent.
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