New Edition BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Video 2017 – Watch Tribute, Acceptance Speech

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New Edition received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 BET Awards on Sunday. Watch the video below!

The tribute began with Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith of the new movie Girls Trip discussing their love for the “living legends.” Following a video of other entertainers praising the iconic act, there was a medley performance of New Edition songs as the members watched from the audience. A standing ovation followed as the guys took the stage to accept the award.

They said, “First of all, we like to thank our lord and savior Jesus Christ right now. Y’all can’t understand 30-plus years in the music industry that will chew you up and spit you out. All six of us standing on this stage right now. It’s an amazing thing.” There was a nod to “highs” and “lows,” and the promise of an upcoming tour that will be a “family affair.” They also thanked fans for “how y’all have stuck with us,” and expressed appreciation for the new generation of listeners.

The men then treated the crowd to a special performance. It was announced earlier this month that New Edition would receive the BET Awards’ highest honor. According to the network, it is awarded to “a veteran artist or group who has made notable contributions to the music industry.” The group certainly fits the bill.

Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Johnny Gill had a tremendous impact on the R&B genre in the 1980s. A reunion in the late 1990s and again in the 2000s extended the act’s influence. Earlier this year, BET aired a three-part miniseries called “The New Edition Story.” The show chronicled the group’s rise to fame, the personal struggles faced by members like Brown, and their involvement in “BET’s 25th Anniversary Special” in 2005. And the journey is far from over, as the guys are expected to release a new record.

As the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, New Edition follows in the footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson (2016), Smokey Robinson (2015) and Lionel Richie (2014). Check out the videos below!

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