2018 Honoree
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Bobby Brown

Robert Baresford Brown, better known as Bobby Brown (born February 5, 1969) is an American R&B singer/songwriter and entertainer with a successful, award-winning career. 

Bobby Brown began his music career as the founding member of the R&B group New Edition.   The group’s hits included Candy Girl, Cool It Now, and Mr. Telephone Man.  Bobby released his first solo album, King of Stage, in 1986.  In 1988, Brown’s next album, Don’t Be Cruel rocketed him to super stardom!  The album sold over 8,000,000 copies and had five top charted songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles. The album’s success landed him two slots on the Ghostbusters II soundtrack and a cameo in the movie in 1989.  And in 1990, his song Every Little Step won the Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance.

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In 1992, Bobby Brown married Pop Princess Whitney Houston with whom he had a daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.  The couple starred in the reality show Being Bobby Brown.

In 1996, Brown rejoined the group New Edition for their come-back album, Home Again.  In 2005, New Edition performed at BET’s 25th Anniversary special and in 2017 BET awarded them with the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In 2012, Bobby Brown married his manager Alicia Etheredge-Brown and together they became executive producers for their own production company, Brown Ribbon Entertainment.  Brown was the executive producer for the BET produced mini-series, “The New Edition Story,” which premiered in January 2017 with over 29 million viewers.  Also, in 2017 Brown started the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House, a non-profit organization to stop domestic violence in honor of his late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Currently, Brown and his wife Alicia are now partnering with BET and Jesse Collins Entertainment again for his self-titled mini-series, “The Bobby Brown Story,” to be released in September 2018. 

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