BET Networks on Friday announced that the soul music legend will be honoured with the award when the ceremony takes place on June 24.
“Anita Baker is a legendary R&B singer whose soulful voice takes control of any room she’s in,” the network said.
“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.”
With a career that spanned nearly four decades, the ‘Sweet Love’ singer has made an everlasting impression on the sound of soul and RnB music that has inspired generations.
Known for ballads such as ‘Body & Soul’, ‘Just Because’, and ‘Giving You The Best That I Got’, Baker has won eight Grammy awards and has seven platinum albums.
Earlier this year, Baker announced her retirement and is currently embarking on her farewell concert series.
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