Central City ProductionsBobby Brown is receiving the Icon Award Thursday at the 2018 Black Music Honors in Nashville, and after enduring devastating losses, he says he’s grateful to be a survivor.
“I feel like Superman with all of the things that I’ve been through,” Brown tells The Tennessean.com.
Following the death of his former wife, Whitney Houston, and their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, the “Don’t Be Cruel” singer is building a domestic violence shelter in Atlanta in memory of Bobbi.
The 49-year-old entertainer had had a career of ups and downs — including brushes with the law — both as a member of New Edition and as solo artist. Now, he feels he’s learned from his mistakes.
“I’m a better man now than I was before,” Brown says. “I’m just glad that I’m able to still be here, to make new music and to be able to tell my story, the way I need to tell it, and not let anybody else tell my story.”
The two-time Grammy Award winner says his internal strength has been the key to his survival.
“I’ve had a really rough life, but it might seem to others that it’s been all because of me. It hasn’t been all because of me,” Brown says. “Because I’ve been through things that the normal man would not be standing, would not be walking around today.”
In addition to Brown, Faith Evans, Stephanie Mills, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Whodini, and producer Dallas Austin will also receive awards at the 2018 Black Music Honors, which will air as a two-hour special on September 8 on Bounce TV.
Right after Labor Day, The Bobby Brown Story will air September 4 and 5 on BET.
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