Just a few weeks after his untimely passing, legendary music mogul Andre Harrell is set for an official tribute by BET. The network just announced that Andre Harrell will be given a star-studded tribute from some of his closest friends and those who benefitted from his expertise as one of the most memorable figures in modern music.
According to @HollywoodReporter, BET is officially on board for a tribute to the late Andre Harrell, the legendary music executive who is notable for spear-heading the careers of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci and more. As we previously reported, Andre sadly passed away at the age of 59 earlier this month due to alleged heart complications.
The BET broadcast tribute will be called “Mr. Champagne and Bubbles” — which was a nickname for Andre. There will be several celebrities on hand to give him a proper send-off, including Mariah Carey, Babyface, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Naomi Campbell, Lee Daniels, Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons and Robin Thicke. The tribute special is set to air commercial-free on BET, BET Jams, BET Soul and REVOLT TV, where Andre was vice chairman until his death.
Andre Harrell founded Uptown Records in the late 1980s and shaped the R&B/hip hop sound by working with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Heavy D & the Boyz, Al B. Sure! and Guy. Diddy famously interned for Uptown and signed Mary J. Blige and Jodeci—leading him to ultimately start his own label, Bad Boy Records.
Diddy and Mary posted very emotional tributes to Andre after he passed, although it’s unclear if they will be part of the BET tribute.
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