Hosted by Arsenio Hall and featuring a tribute by LaBelle student/torch carrier Fantasia, BET Honors played the perfect notes when it came to LaBelle, 71, who received the Musical Arts Award. Her acceptance speech was the height of elegance, thanking the network for finally recognizing her talents. After performing at the past three ceremonies, she remembered saying to herself, “Oh, maybe one day they’ll honor me.”
This year was her time.
Fellow honorees entering their Circle of Fame included music mogul LA Reid, president of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson, writer/director/philanthropist Lee Daniels, and former Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, with tributes to the dearly departed Natalie Cole and Maurice White, and performances by Usher, Babyface, Eddie Levert, Toni Braxton, and Lexus Verses and Flow alumni Jussie Smollett, Jazmine Sullivan and Raheem DeVaughn.
For more about this year’s event, head on over to BET.com.