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By Oluwatobi Opusunju

The 18th BET Awards is set to take place this weekend, Sunday June 24 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and multiple Grammy award winner, Anita Baker has been revealed to receive the lifetime achievement honor.

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BET revealed this via a tweet this week: “Get to know our 2018 #BETAwards Lifetime Achievement Recipient @IAMANITABAKER!”

Anita Baker is a legendary R&B singer whose soulful voice takes control of any room she’s in,” BET said in a post on its website.

The network added that “throughout time, 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.”

Over the course of her musical career which spans about 40 years, Baker has received more than 20 awards with eight being Grammy. She has also sold millions of records worldwide with five of her albums going platinum and one receiving a gold certificate.

With BET’s lifetime achievement honour, Baker is set to add another accolade to her long list of impressive recognition, even as she prepares to take her final bow from music this year. Early in the year, she announced a farewell concert series via her Twitter page to celebrate her impressive musical run and mark her retirement from music.

She wrote:

“sO Much 2 CELEBRATE with you #2018. 60th Bday in 25 days👑…  Farewell 🎶Concert 🎹Series, beginning in March… We’ll paint pictures together 2 last a Lifetime… “Let’s Party!” #OneLastTime🎤abxo❤ damn… “Where does the time go?!.”

This year’s BET Awards will be hosted by Jamie Foxx who is returning for the second time to host the prestigious award ceremony after hosting it in 2009. Already tipped to win big at the awards are DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar who lead the pack of nominees with six and four nods respectively

Notable other nominees include Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Drake.

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