Singer, author, and actress Patti LaBelle, 67, was presented the lifetime achievement award last night and performed some of her most well-known hits, "Lady Marmalade" and "Love, Need, and Want You."
Former lifetime award winner Gladys Knight, 67, presented the award to "dear, dear friend" Patti. The "Empress of Soul" is known for hits like "Midnight Train to Georgia" with her band Gladys Knight and the Pips.
The youngest of the bunch, 40-year-old Mary J. Blige hasn't quite reached the status of her duet partner from last night, Anita Baker, but she's well on her way with 10 Grammys and eight multiplatinum albums under her belt.
One of last night's performers, 72-year-old gospel singer Shirley Caesar brought Patti LaBelle to tears when she sang "You Are My Friend." The "First Lady of Gospel" has accomplished a lot during her six-decade career, including having received 11 Grammys and 18 Dove awards and an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Eight-time-Grammy-award-winner Anita Baker, 53, joined Mary J. Blige to sing her own song "Caught Up in the Rapture" during her opening medley last night. The R&B and soul jazz singer-songwriter has four platinum albums.