The 2012 BET Honors were filmed since January 14th but the ceremony only aired this evening. The historic event featured tributes so legendary figures from the various fields of the arts and culture, including Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Maya Angelou and Mariah Carey.
Among the featured performers were Kelly Rowland, Patti LaBelle and Ledisi, who celebrated the careers of the honorees with moving tributes. Watch the full show as well as select performances from the BET Honors below:
Queen Latifah, Willow Smith, Cicely Tyson & Jill Scott – ‘Still I Rise’
Common & Anthony Hamilton – ‘The Believer’
Ledisi – ‘Higher Ground’/’Do I Do’
Jennifer Hudson – ‘Think like a Man’
Kelly Rowland & Raekwon – ‘Fantasy’
Patti LaBelle – ‘Hero’
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