Tulsa native Charlie Wilson was the star of Sunday night’s BET Awards, where he received the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award.
Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and India.Arie helped pay tribute to the GAP Band singer. Wilson and his celebrity admirers performed a medley of his solo and GAP Band hits, but the highlight has to be the Oklahoma native, Timberlake, Pharrell and Snoop performing “You Dropped the Bomb on Me.”
“Charlie Wilson is soul music. His impact colors the work of many artists, which is basically my nice way of saying I and a lot of other artists have stolen from him,” Timberlake said when presenting Wilson the award.
Oklahoma music fans should definitely watch the Lifetime Achievement highlight reel in which he talks about the GAP Band touring with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Tulsa Sound pioneer Leon Russell.
Dressed in a snazzy red and black jacket, black bow tie and slick sunglasses, the still-young-at-60 “Uncle Charlie” made sure that nobody – not even Timberlake – upstaged him on his own big night with his lively and tuneful performance.
On Saturday, Wilson has a return engagement at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, where last year his performance was so thrilling that Billboard.com ranked it the best of the fest over Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and comeback story D’Angelo. He’s then off to Europe for a short tour that includes stops France, Switzerland and the U.K. before returning to the U.S. in late July.