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Rick James (pictured), the creator of timeless tunes like “Super Freak” and “Give It to Me Baby,” took on the BET Awards for a final occasion at the age of 56.
James, a funk musician, sang “Fire & Desire” with Teena Marie at the 2004 awards, taking over the place with his ageless vocals. According to the Music History Calendar, James had this final public concert on June 29, 2004, which was five weeks before he passed away.
James would next give one of his most famous speeches when he presented an award at the conclusion. He addressed the audience, saying, “Nevermind who you thought I was…I’m Rick James, b—h.”