Rolling Stone can exclusively reveal Friday. The singer will perform a set in honor of the Queen of Rock & Roll during Sunday’s awards show.
‘Tina was a trailblazer and someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for because of all that she overcame and all that she accomplished,’ LaBelle tells Rolling Stone in a statement. ‘She was and is everything! And I am honored that I am able to pay tribute to her in this way.’
No details were made available about what exactly LaBelle will perform in Turner’s honor but a BET Awards statement said it will be ‘nothing short of extraordinary’ and will ‘capture the essence of Turner’s unparalleled legacy.’
Turner died on May 24 in her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland after facing a ‘long illness’ at age 83, her family said in a statement at the time. Though her exact cause of death was not made available, Turner had a stroke and faced both kidney failure and intestinal cancer in recent years.
Following news of her death, LaBelle shared a tribute for the legend on her Instagram. ‘Tina, the world will forever be grateful for your voice, your fearlessness, and your grace!’ she wrote. ‘You truly are the Queen of Rock & Roll and your spirit will reign forever! Rest in eternal peace and love!’
This Sunday’s BET Awards is set to be filled with performances from the likes of Doechii, GloRilla, Coco Jones, and Lil Uzi Vert. The event will also feature a tribute to the 50 years of hip-hop with performances from the likes of 69 Boyz, E-40, Remy Ma, Chief Keef, Soulja Boy, Tyga, Trina, and the Ying Yang Twins. Busta Rhymes will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘From music to dance and fashion, we are digging through every crate as we celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop and its diversity, evolution, and global impact,’ said Connie Orlando, a BET executive. ‘This wall-to-wall party will reverberate with the amazing energy and passion these artists bring to the stage and the culture.’
Drake and Glorilla lead this year’s nominations with seven and six recognitions, respectively. Among his nominations, Drake is up for best group alongside 21 Savage, best collaboration with Future and Tems for their radio favorite ‘Wait for U,’ and album of the year for ‘Her Loss.’ Glorilla competes with Drake in the best collaboration category twice: once for her feature with HItkidd (‘F.N.F. Let’s Go’) and another beside Cardi B (‘Tomorrow 2’). The Memphis rapper is also up for album of the year for ‘Anyways, Life’s Great.’
21 Savage and Lizzo earned the third-highest nominations, up for five awards each, and Beyoncé, Burna Boy, Chris Brown, Ice Spice, and SZA follow with four.
As always, the ceremony features a packed lineup of performances. Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Chief Keef, DJ Unk, E-40 and Fast Life Yungstaz & Easton (F.L.Y.) are expected to hit the stage, in addition to GloRilla and Bel-Air’s Coco Jones and nominees Ice Spice and Latto.