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 (@IAMANITABAKER) June 21, 2018
“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.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.