BET to Give Prince Lifetime Achievement Award

Exec calls Purple Rain man a "genius"

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    Sharon Oreck's "Video Slut" dishes behind-the-scenes dirt on videos like this one, where Prince takes a purplish bath.

    Prince will join fellow icons James Brown and Diana Ross when he is honored by BET later this month with a lifetime achievement award.

    The Minnesota-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's "unique style" will be recognized at the network's 10th anniversary celebration on June 27 in Los Angeles. BET President of Programming, Music and Specials Stephen Hill told The Associated Press the 52-year-old performer's talent and versatility make him a legend.

    "Prince is dynamic. Prince is genius. Prince is music," Hill said of the performer, who has 10 platinum albums and 30 Top 40 singles to his name.

    The BET show will be hosted by Queen Latifah and include performances by Kanye West.