‘THE BET HONORS’ Whitney, Queen Latifah, Diddy & More

Giving back to give forward, BET Networks presents the third annual BET HONORS, hosted once again by the beautiful and talented actress Gabrielle Union. Taping on Saturday, January 16 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., this inspirational show which highlights distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels in their fields will premiere during Black History Month, on Monday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m.*

The 2010 honorees include legendary songstress Whitney Houston (Entertainment), multi-faceted entertainer Queen Latifah (Media), respected business mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs (Entrepreneur), accomplished educator Ruth Simmons (Education), and world renowned neurosurgeon Keith Black (Public Service). Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Patti LaBelle, ELEW and others will pay tribute to these phenomenal stars with riveting performances.

“Celebrating the 30(th) anniversary of BET Networks this year, we are so proud to present the third annual BET Honors, a show celebrating the life works and accomplishments of inspiring African Americans,” said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks. “Each of our six celebrants are dedicated to reaching back to help bring more forward and represent integrity, perseverance, fortitude and outsized talent. Music, merriment and memories are only a small part of BET Honors. We also hope to encourage our viewers to embody and emulate the passion and drive of these individuals.”

Last year’s show and inaugural ball were monumental, and served as a kick off to the historic presidential weekend. Honorees included Mary J. Blige, Tyler Perry, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, B. Smith and Congressman James E. Clyburn. Hosted by Gabrielle Union, the event boasted once-in-a-lifetime performances and presentations by Stevie Wonder, Terrence Howard, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Hill Harper, Joss Stone, and more.

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