BET Networks will present “BET Honors,” a star-studded night celebrating exceptional African Americans performing in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education.

Hosted by actress Gabrielle Union, this year’s show recognizes the savvy business acumen of music executive and entrepreneur Clarence Avant known to many as the “Godfather of Black Music,” the humanitarian work and philanthropic efforts of Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, the leadership, humanitarian and educational reach of T.D. Jakes, the contributions of 10-time Grammy award winner and international music icon Chaka Khan, who will be celebrating 40 years in music and entertainment, and the agility and dynamism of three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold winner Lisa Leslie.

“BET Honors,” taped at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., will premiere on Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. during Black History Month
on BET Networks.

The show has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean “Diddy” Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle. Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, vice president of specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Productions.

For more information on “BET Honors,” visit Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.

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