The BET Honors 2014 airs Monday February 24th on BET. This year’s honorees are The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman Ken Chenault, Visual Artist Carrie Mae Weems and Entertainment Trailblazer Ice Cube. Held at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. the Actor and Comedian Wayne Brady put his talents on display as the host of this extravaganza.
Big names in music performed to help pay tribute to this year’s honorees – Mariah Carey – and the much talked about low cut dress, Tamar Braxton, Janelle Monae, the legendary Smokey Robinson, Karen Clark Sheard, Jennifer Hudson and The Queen of Soul herself-Aretha Franklin touched the stage.
There are a number of highlights throughout the show. It was a moment for Hip Hop when Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges presented the Entertainment Award to O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson. Ice Cube has come from the days of N.W.A. to producing and acting in box office hits like Ride Along. Cube expressed his appreciation for the award and appreciation for his wife during his acceptance speech.
On Sunday November 3, BET premieres Black Girls Rock! 2013. The organization founded by DJ Beverly Bond, provides mentorship for Black girls and pays tribute to Black woman and girls who have a positive impact on the community through an annual awards show.
This year’s show, hosted by Actresses Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross, will honor the legendary singer Patti Labelle (Living Legend Award), hip-hop pioneer Queen Latifah (Rock Star Award), esteemed writer and producer Mara Brock Akil (Shot Caller Award), tennis icon and entrepreneur Venus Williams (Star Power Award ), community organizer Ameena Matthews (Community Activist Award), ground-breaking ballet dancer Misty Copeland (Young, Gifted & Black Award), and children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman (Social Humanitarian Award).
Some of the presenters and performs are recording artists Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudson, Sevyn Streeter, Actress Nia Long, Actress Tatyana Ali, TV Personality La Anthony, and broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien.
Additionally, Black Girls Rock! likes to highlight the next generation of young ladies who are Making A Difference (the MAD Girls). The MAD Girls being recognized this year are Brooklyn Wright who is passionate about litter prevention, Mary Pat Hector the founder of Youth Action USA and Ty-Licia Hooker Founder of Summer Success and Leadership Academy.
When the night starts with a PInk Carpet with all of these names, you know it’s going to be a big night.