Posted by | Ray Cornelius
The BET Honors are being taped this Saturday, February 8 at Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. and Grammy-winning divas Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson will help salute this year’s honorees.
The annual ceremony is the network’s most prestigious award show and recognizes distinguished African-Americans performing at exceptional levels in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. This year’s recipients include Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown founder Berry Gordy, American Express chairman and CEO Ken Chenault, visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and West Coast rap pioneer and actor Ice Cube.
Also joining Carey and Hudson in tributes are new school vocalists Janelle Monae and Tamar Braxton along with music legend Smokey Robinson. Rapper Ludacris, TV/film actor Mack Wilds, Scandal star Joe Morton and 2012 honoree Rev. Al Sharpton will serve as presenters.
As previously reported, this year’s show is hosted by comedic actor Wayne Brady and will benefit the Women’s Veterans Interactive (WVI), an organization that helps restore as well as provides housing options and support for veterans and their families in need.
The BET Honors will premiere on Monday, Feb. 24 at 9p.m. as part of BET’s Black History Month programming.
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