Kanye West to receive Visionary Award

Kanye West heads to lunch at Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood wearing a Yeezus shirt

Kanye West will receive the Visionary Award at the 2015 BET Honors.

The ‘Stronger’ rapper – who has 17-month-old daughter North with wife Kim Kardashian West – is being given the prize in recognition of being a “multifaceted trailblazer and pioneer”.

The BET website said: “Kanye West will be honoured for his extraordinary contributions across the arts, including roles as a record producer, rapper, filmmaker and fashion designer. He’s a multifaceted trailblazer and pioneer whose accomplishments are all marked by his unique and forward-thinking approach.”

Kanye will be one of five people honoured at the annual event next month, with Usher also set to pick up a prize.

The ‘OMG’ hitmaker will receive the Musical Arts Award for his two-decade career at the ceremony in Washington on January 24.

Manwhile, Phylicia Rashad will receive the Theatrical Arts Award and Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman College, will receive the Education Award.

Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson will receive the Technology and Business Award.

The BET Honors will be broadcast on US TV on February 23.

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