Though Prince received the biggest honor of the BET Awards with a Lifetime Achievement tribute, Trey Songz‘s mother was the belle of the ball. Joining her son as his date, Ms. Songz made quite an impression on the show’s younger audience, so much that she earned #1 on Google’s trending topics.
Born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia, April Tucker gave birth to Trey, born Tremaine Neverson, at the age of 17. Living on welfare and in Section 8 housing, Tucker enrolled in Virginia State University and graduated six years later, earning a degree in sociology with a minor in administration of justice.
Serving as a juvenile probation officer in Baltimore and a resource specialist in several Maryland counties, Tucker grew interested in helping children. Following her then husband, who was a military man, to Junction City, Kansas, Ms. Tucker became a program manager for Big Brothers and Big Sisters there and helped children at risk. Despite her relocations to Baltimore and middle America, Tucker decided that Trey would have a better childhood with her parents back in Virginia, where he began singing in church.
Now that her son Trey is a wildly popular R&B singer, Tucker and her firstborn (Trey has a younger brother named Forrest) make a point of doing charitable work. In the past, the two have given clothing donations and turkeys during Thanksgiving to Petersburg’s needy.
Despite their distance, Trey and his mother are very close, and she describes him as “a regular guy with a God-given voice and talent for writing.” Responding in kind, the singer’s tattoo on his chest describes his adoration for his mother. “To God I pray may April’s showers rain on her Forrest,” reads the tattoo. “And grow the strength that started with one Rose.”
Earlier in the evening, the Virginia native won the award for Best Male R&B Artist and brought his extremely good-looking mother onto the stage with him to accept his trophy. Following tonight’s show, BET will debut Trey’s documentary, “My Moment,” which follows the singer during the recent Blueprint 3 tour with Jay-Z across America.