The BET Awards has honored icons such as James Brown, Chaka Khan, The O’Jays and Whitney Houston, and will soon be adding soul legend Anita Baker to the list, as the influential songstress will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony.  

“Anita Baker is a legendary R&B singer whose soulful voice takes control of any room she’s in,” the network said in a statement. “Baker’s music resonated with audiences of all ages and races alike. With her extensive body of work, which spans decades, Baker continues to be one of the most legendary artists of all time.”