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Tori Kelly, Ne-Yo & More Honor Smokey Robinson With Medley At BET Awards

Sun, June 28, 2015 10:14pm EDT by Lauren Cox 3 Comments

Now that’s how you honor a legend! Smokey Robinson watched with delight as some of today’s hottest young artists, including Tori Kelly and Ne-Yo, performed his greatest hits. So cool!

Smokey Robinson, 75, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 BET Awards, and he received an incredible tribute to go with it! It all started with Tori Kelly, who was followed by Robin Thicke and Ne-Yo, to sing Smokey’s classics.

What an amazing performance by all! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than Smokey himself, three young artists took the stage to show him how important his music is to the world. For starters, Tori performed his hi “Who’s Lovin’ You,” showing off her incredible powerhouse vocals. The audience was on their feet in applause!

After Tori came Robin, singing a soulful rendition of “Ooh Baby, Baby” as the audience clapped along. No one enjoyed the performance more than Smokey did though, as he sang along to his very own song in the front row. Robin definitely made him proud by killing those extra high notes at the end!

Last but certainly not least, Ne-Yo came out and shut down the house with “The Tears Of A Clown.” This was the best way to end the medley, bringing the beat up a notch just before Smokey himself graced the stage to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award. Incredible!

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What did YOU think about Smokey’s tribute performance? Comment below with your thoughts!

— Lauren Cox

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