NEW YORK, NY- January 21, 2016 – BET Networks announced today that performers V. Bozeman, Leon Bridges, Fantasia, Ledisi, Jussie Smollet and The Deele will pay tribute to this year’s honorees at "THE BET HONORS." Joining the star-studded lineup includes presenters Mary J. Blige and Taraji P. Henson.
Celebrating the outstanding achievements of extraordinary leaders, "THE BET HONORS" recognizes trailblazers in art, music, theater, education, technology and business. Hosted by comedian and actor, Arsenio Hall, this year’s distinguished honorees are Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Public Service Award), Patti Labelle (Musical Arts Awards) and L.A. Reid (The Business of Entertainment Award).
"THE BET HONORS" will tape at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 23, 2016 and will premiere on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm* during Black History Month on BET Networks in the USA, and around the world on BET’s international network from Saturday, February 27, 2016 (check local listings).
As part of BET’s commitment to the community, the Network has made a limited number of tickets to "THE BET HONORS" available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting My Brother's Keeper Alliance. Launched in 2015, My Brother's Keeper Alliance was created to help eliminate gaps in opportunity and achievement for boys and young men of color. BET has also partnered with My Brother's Keeper Alliance to host several community events for young men and boys in Washington D.C. in the days leading up to "THE BET HONORS" including an educational panel at The White House and the Lights.Camera.Action Rehearsal Visit program which provides selected students with "behind the scenes" access to "THE BET HONORS" show production.
“As a start-up with an ambitious agenda, this generous gift will help My Brother’s Keeper Alliance build a foundation in communities across the country to help empower more of our country’s boys and young men of color,” said Joe Echevarria, CEO of My Brother's Keeper Alliance. "We are so grateful to Debra Lee and the BET Networks family, and look forward to our continued work."
Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando and Lynne Harris Taylor from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.
For more information on "THE BET HONORS" visit http://www.bet.com/bethonors . Join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.