Patti LaBelle honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at BET Awards - praised by peers (Video)
Patti LaBelle was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday night's BET Awards and the legendary singer was endlessly praised by her peers.
Gladys Knight and LaBelle's son Zuri Edwards presented the Award to LaBelle at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday. Estelle, Reverend Al Sharpton, Cee Lo Green and Lloyd were on hand to praise the singer and perform a tribute.
"[The BET Awards are] honoring Patti LaBelle, but at the same time - the younger hip-hop artists," Al Sharpton told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Sunday. "It spans the generations, it shows that you can be old school or new school, but you have to be the best school. And that's what the awards are for me."
The 67-year-old singer, whose real name is Patricia Louise Holt Edwards, was the lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (which was eventually shortened to Labelle) for sixteen years. She launched a solo career in 1977 and performed songs like "The Best Is Yet To Come," "If You Asked Me To," "New Attitude" and "You Are My Friend."
"She's Patti LaBelle, do you understand?!" English R&B singer Estelle said excitedly before the awards. "I met her and she said to me, 'You are beautiful, you are amazing, you're in - kill it.' It was like, 'Thank you for being you so I could be here and kill it!' She's amazing to me. She's amazing."
R&B singer Lloyd collaborated with LaBelle on a remix of his hit single "Lay It Down" and said of the star, "[I'm looking forward] to Patti LaBelle, I had a chance to work with her this year. She's amazing, timeless, classic, beautiful, strong."
"The Voice" host, singer Cee Lo Green performed a tribute to LaBelle, donning a rainbow sequin jacket and a spiky black wig in homage to the singer's famous '80s hair style, as he sang her hit "Somebody Loves You."
Singer Marsha Ambrosious and gospel star Shirley Caesar also performed tributes before LaBelle took the stage to perform some of her hits, including "Lady Marmalade."
"I plan to hold myself up higher because I've gotten this wonderful award," LaBelle said in her acceptance speech.
LaBelle earned two Grammy Awards - a Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Award for "Live! One Night Only" and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Burnin.'" She also had another 11 Grammy Award nominations and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.
Watch a clip from Patti LaBelle's tribute below.