For the fifth consecutive year, the beautiful Gabrielle Union took to the stage and hosted this year’s BET Honors at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC, honoring extraordinary African Americans in music, literacy, film, arts and more. This year’s honorees included author/poet Dr. Maya Angelou, filmmaker Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder, track & field coach Beverly Kearney and The Tuskegee Airmen. Mariah Carey was also one of the night’s big honorees, accepting the Entertainer Award from her emotional husband, Nick Cannon. Nick gushed:
“It is truly, truly a blessing to be here tonight, and I am humbled and in awe of everyone’s presence, but mostly my hero right there. What most people don’t get the opportunity to experience is the true woman; the virtuous person who is my angel.”
Mariah Carey handpicked Kelly Rowland for her tribute which included a performance of ‘Fantasy, followed by ‘Hero’ performed by Patti Labelle. After the show, Mariah tweeted to Kelly:
@KELLYROWLAND Dear Kelly, thank you so much for the a+++mazing tribute at the BET honors last night.
@KELLYROWLAND I can’t wait for your fans to see how great you were. You’ve no idea how much I appreciate you. x0x
Additional celebs that came out to pay homage included Michelle Obama, Ledisi, Aretha Franklin, Willow Smith, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr. Cicely Tyson, Jill Scott, Kevin Liles, Debra L. Lee, Rosci Diaz, and more.
Gabrielle Union shined on the red carpet
And so did Kelly! Pink is her color
Jill Scott was killing it in red
Mariah Carey flaunted her post-baby figure
Willow Smith looked so cute in her girlie dress!
Michelle Williams wore a floor length sequin dress
First Lady Michelle Obama & Gabrielle Union
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and her fiance’ William Wilkerson
106 & Park’s Rosci Diaz hit the red carpet
Patti Labelle has passed the torch to Ledisi as her successor. She looked amazing!
Jennifer Hudson performed
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