Smokey Robinson is one of those Motown artists that most R&B and soul musicians would be honored to pay homage to -- even in today's world of short-lived R&B hits. At Sunday night's BET Awards (June 28), Tori Kelly, Robin Thicke and Ne-Yo all paid their respects to the legendary crooner during a tribute performance.

First up was Tori Kelly with her velvety tones coating the lyrics to Robinson's group the Miracles' 1960 smash "Who's Loving You." She sat center stage in a black dress and white blazer, belting out every line to the song about heartbreak.

Then, Robin Thicke moved five years ahead in the Miracles' career with the 1965 hit "Ooo Baby Baby." The crooner delivered an emotion-filled performance on the darkened stage until Ne-Yo changed the energy of the room with his jazzed-up version of "Tears of a Clown."

It was the perfect lead-in for Robinson to make his acceptance speech and performance where he continued to share his space with the three artists. They assisted in "The Track of My Tears," "Cruisin'" and "My Girl," and the veteran crooner sounded just as confident as one would imagine he was with the Miracles behind him at his very start.

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