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Frankie Beverly and New Edition To Be Honored At NAACP Awards

Legendary singing group New Edition is set to be honored at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards show as they are inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame. This award is given to individuals who have made a significant impact on their industry and will continue to influence generations to come.

Formed in Boston in 1978, New Edition quickly rose to fame with their debut album Candy Girl in 1983, which peaked at No. 14 on the US R&B Charts. Their self-titled sophomore album topped the US Billboard Chart and was certified double platinum.

Throughout their career, New Edition released seven studio albums as a group and several successful solo projects. Lead singer Ralph Tresvant and members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivens, and Ronnie Devoe also found success with their side project BBD, while Bobby Brown launched a solo career with hits like "Every Little Step" and "My Prerogative."

After some lineup changes, the group reunited in 2009 as a six-member group and even announced a Las Vegas residency starting in November 2023.

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Meanwhile, the NAACP Image Awards will also honor the incredible career of Frankie Beverly, lead singer of Frankie Beverly and Maze, with a Lifetime Achievement award. Beverly's career began in the 1960s with his group The Blenders and eventually led to the creation of Maze. Known for hits like "Joy And Pain" and "Before I Let Go," Frankie Beverly and Maze have had a lasting impact on the music industry.

Frankie Beverly has announced that his upcoming "Farewell Tour" will be his final tour before retirement, kicking off in Atlanta in March and concluding in Los Angeles in May.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson expressed his excitement to celebrate both New Edition and Frankie Beverly at the 55th Annual NAACP Image Awards, which will be broadcast live on BET and CBS on March 16.

This event promises to be a memorable night honoring two musical icons who have left a lasting legacy on our cultural landscape.



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