BET's 2002 Walk of Fame Features Night of Unforgettable Superstar Salutes to the Incomparable Stevie Wonder
Ja Rule, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, India.Arie, Jill Scott,
Musiq, Elton John and Others Pay Star-Studded Tribute to Music
Legend in BET Telecast on October 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In front of a standing-room only crowd filled with Washington, D.C.'s political and business elite, film, television and music stars, and the honoree himself, BET staged a superlative production to honor the legendary Stevie Wonder during its exclusive 8TH ANNUAL WALK OF FAME induction on Saturday, October 19. Befitting his distinguished and accomplished career spanning over four decades, the event featured stirring tributes and performances by some of today's hottest and most talented artists from the worlds of pop, gospel, R&B, jazz and hip hop. Joining in the celebration were Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule, India.Arie, Jill Scott, Justin Timberlake, Gerald Levert, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, Dru Hill, Gerald Albright, Musiq, Chante Moore, K-Ci and JoJo, Roy Hargrove and a special video tribute by Elton John. Actor, producer and singer Jamie Foxx hosted the extraordinary event, which was also attended by film star Wesley Snipes, actor Leon, soap opera star Lamman Rucker and Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. For the eighth year, proceeds were donated to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). BET viewers will have a front row seat to catch each unforgettable moment when the gala event is televised on Tuesday, October 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Musical performances from Stevie Wonder's hallmark collection, arranged by WALK OF FAME musical director Patrice Rushen, included renditions of "You and I," from Mariah Carey; "Living For The City," by Dru Hill; and the soul- stirring "Heaven Help Us All" featuring rocker Eric Clapton with gospel greats Fred Hammond and Kim Burrell. The Philly musical community was well- represented by Musiq and Jill Scott, who visibly moved the audience with their performances of "Superstition," and "Ribbon In The Sky," respectively, while India.Arie gave a soulful rendition of "Overjoyed," and Gerald Levert belted out "All I Do." Ja Rule, Chante Moore, Gerald Albright and Roy Hargrove provided a special high point during the evening's festivities with a spirited collaboration to the Stevie Wonder classic "Do I Do," while Stevie himself capped the evening with a surprise performance from his upcoming Motown release scheduled for next year. BET again teamed with Cossette Productions, famed producers of the music world's Grammy Awards, to produce the telecast. The WALK OF FAME galas have generated over two million dollars since their inception in 1995, with this year's event alone generating in excess of $400,000. Debra L. Lee, BET president and chief operating officer, emphasized the event's importance and why Stevie Wonder was chosen as this year's honoree. "Because of the top-notch star power of this event, BET has been able to make significant contributions to UNCF year after year," said Lee. "Stevie Wonder was an excellent choice as our eighth WALK OF FAME recipient, not only for his recognition as a musical genius, but also for the inspiration that he has given so many people across generations. BET is honored to recognize such an amazing living legend and humanitarian." Stevie Wonder has joined an illustrious group of past WALK OF FAME honorees, including Michael Jackson (1995), Whitney Houston (1996), Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (1997), Boyz II Men (1998), Diana Ross (1999), Luther Vandross (2000) and Patti LaBelle (2001). Stevie Wonder is a world-renowned artist, composer, producer and musician who has won an incredible 21 Grammy Awards; been awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; and has received an amazing 62 Grammy nominations. For over four incredible decades, Stevie has been enriching lives through his music, illustrating exceptional humanitarian leadership, philanthropic deeds and extraordinary human nature. He is well respected for his superior talent, his compassion for humanity, and his ability to challenge inequality. ABOUT BET BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 74 million households according to Nielsen media research. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses: BET.com, the Number 1 internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip-Hop, a new alternative for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Uptown, BET's urban satellite radio channel on the XM Satellite Radio service; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African American-themed romance novels under the Arabesque Books label. ABOUT COSSETTE PRODUCTIONS Cossette Productions is Hollywood's most unique and comprehensive production company, with more than 35 years of experience offering diverse and creative consultation, direction and execution of entertainment production. To its credit, Cossette Productions has produced 31 years of the Grammy Awards telecast; eight weekly television series totaling more than 500 episodes; numerous award-winning Broadway theatrical plays and musicals; 50 major performance specials, award shows and celebrity tributes; corporate events for the nation's largest companies; and countless made-for-television motion pictures and mini-series. Make Your Opinion Count - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X34525125
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