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O’Jays set to be honored at BET Awards in Los Angeles
The “Love Train” is chugging to the BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, when legendary soul trio the O’Jays will receive a lifetime achievement honor during the ninth annual celebration of black musicians, actors and athletes.
The trio, which rose to fame in the 1970s with such Gamble & Huff-produced tunes as “Back Stabbers,” “For the Love of Money” and the chart-topping “Love Train,” will perform at the Shrine Auditorium event. Their award will be presented by Tyrese, Trey Songz and Johnny Gill.
The ceremony will air live for East Coast viewers of the BET cable network at 8 p.m. EDT, with a three-hour tape delay for those on the West Coast.
Jamie Foxx will both host and perform. Other artists scheduled to take the stage include Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Mary Mary, Maxwell, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Soulja Boy, T-Pain, and Young Jeezy.
Foxx, Ne-Yo and T-Pain are among the nominees for best male R&B artist; the female category includes Beyonce, Hilson and Cole. The race for best male hip-hop artist includes West and Young Jeezy. While there are five nominees in each of those categories, just three made the cut for best female hip-hop artist: Lil Mama, M.I.A. and Trina.