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Valerie Simpson Pays More Tribute To Nick Ashford At The BET Awards

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Nick Ashford was a songwriting genius and a huge loss to the entire musical community, so naturally, he was honored at the BET Awards.

His widowed wife and songwriting partner, Valerie Simpson, sang a moving tribute (above) by belting out Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing from behind a piano.

Unlike the Grammy Nominations Concert last December, she played solo, which only made it that more special.

Enjoy the tune, guys! It was written by one of the best.

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Usher And Valerie Simpson Pay Tribute To Nick Ashford

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OMG!! So sweet!!!

Valerie Simpson paid tribute to her late partner, Nick Ashford, with Usher Wednesday night. And it was a beautiful thing!

For those of you keeping up, you remember he passed away from throat cancer in August of this year. So sad!

But Val and Usher did him right at the Grammy Nominations Concert last night!

Watch 'em for URself! Press palaAy!

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Rest In Peace, Nick Ashford

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Motown genius Nick Ashford has died of throat cancer. He was 69.

Ashford wrote and produced a myriad Motown classics with his wife, Valerie Simpson.

Some of his songs include Aint No Mountain High Enough, You're All I need to Get By, Let's Go Get Stoned, and I'm Every Woman.

In 1984, he and Valerie made their Solid (As A Rock) video (watch above).

His last work was a collaboration album with Maya Angelo — 1996's Been Found.

Ashford and his wife were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

It's a sad die when we lose someone, especially when that someone is a true artist.

Rest in peace, Nick Ashford.

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