Prince receives BET lifetime achievement award

Prince said he was thankful "to be a part of this world of music" when accepting the BET lifetime achievement award. Prince wore a tunic to the ceremony with an image of himself on it.

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    Prince acknowledges the audience as he accepts the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27.
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Prince has been honored with BET's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 52-year-old Minneapolis native was feted Sunday night at the BET Awards in the Los Angeles with an all-female musical tribute.

Janelle Monae offered an energetic take on "Let's Go Crazy." Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding accompanied herself on standup bass for "If I Was Your Girlfriend." Alicia Keys started behind the piano, then climbed on top of it, when she sang "Adore," and Patti LaBelle kicked off her shoes to give her all to "Purple Rain."

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Prince, who wore a tunic with his own image on it, said he was thankful "to be a part of this world of music," and he never will forget the night.

Prince started recording in 1977 and has 10 platinum albums and 30 Top 40 singles to his name.

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