Music is soul, funk, and creativity filled with power, uniting race, sex, ethnicity and age. The 2015 BET Awards celebrated the greatest of legends last night on June 28th, 2015, paying homage and tribute to the best in the game.
Among the newest in music were familiar faces from the 80s and 90s, including Bad Boy Records (112, Faith Evans, Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, The L.O.X. and Ma$e ), Charlie Wilson, Janet Jackson, and an old soul from Hitsville USA, Motown, Smokey Robinson, who won the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
While Diddy introduced the Lifetime Achievement award to the legendary song writer and former lead singer of the Miracles; NeYo, Tori Kelly, and Robin Thicke gave a phenomenal performance on stage saluting the multi grammy winning star, taking the audience back to the days of slow jams and love songs.
Some familiar songs include,”Who’s Loving You”, performed by Tori Kelly’s velvety vocals, “Ooo Baby Baby” performed by Robin Thicke, “Tears of Clown” sung by NeYo and Cruisin’ and My Girl all performed by thee one and only Smokey Robinson.
In Robinson’s acceptance speech, he could not stop giving praise to his Lord and Savior ! He acknowledged God first and accepted the award as a very humbling experience while giving wisdom and knowledge to new upcoming artists and musicians already in the game.
Robinson shared that “friends are precious commodities, real friends”, while giving credit to the father of Motown, Barry Gordy, as well as his home, ” his wife”. Robinson painted the picture of how fickle the world of show business and entertainment really is. ” It’s like a bitter sweet wine. It’s intoxicating. There are millions of people around the world who are standing in line to get a taste. For those of you who are fortunate enough to get a taste, don’t get drunk on yourselves. And become self absorbed and haughty
There are artists around the world that reach a certain level of success in their career, and forget that their gift is supposed to be used for a higher purpose than who they are.
Robinson goes on:
“There are so many people in this world who wish that they had one person they felt loved them and for you to become haughty and self absorbed because millions of people around the world most of them you will never even know or meet love you, it’s so ridiculous! You should be thankful. It’s a blessing and we should all know from whom our blessings flow”, says Robinson.
Robinson got his start in the game of music 60 years ago writing major hits and producing for— The Temptations, Jackson 5, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Contours, Mary Wells, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Rick James.
“You didn’t start this, you are not the first in line. The line started way way way back before your great great great great grandparents were born. Also you are not the end of the line.So don’t be so full of yourselves, ” says Robinson.
Pondering on Robinson’s speech, the question of what does music mean to you was prompted. Back in the day of funk, soul, and R&B music was a good time— it was considered feel good music. It spoke of love, feelings of serenity, peace, and happiness.Although the 50s and 70s raised an era of children different from the millennial generation and came from a completely different world, it seems that nowadays music just promotes the lavish life —- “bossing one’s life up”, “stacking ” and boasting in riches that sometimes have consequences. It’s all the same ” money, cars, women”. Even Diddy and Bad Boy said “Mo Money Mo Problems”.
Yes there are newer rap artists like J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, and many artists on the rise that still paint a story telling picture of life , but as for newer artists with a “poppy rap sound” getting mainstream media attention, the sound is very unauthentic. There’s no soul behind the art. Music has always been a way to express, has music changed drastically within the past 20 plus years or does the same concept exist?