2010 BET Honors

2010 BET Honors
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 16, 2010

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After his heartfelt performance of “Fistful of Tears,” Maxwell returns to the stage for an encore.

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Honoree, Whitney Houston, was brought to tears after being serenaded by both Kim Burrell and Jennifer Hudson. Ne-Yo presented Houston with her award.

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Whitney Houston tears-up as Ne-Yo presents her with a double-platinum plaque for her latest album, “I Look to You.”

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Jennifer Hudson performs “I Will Always Love You” in honor of Whitney Houston.

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Whitney Houston reaches up to Jennifer Hudson after her performance of Houston’s classic hit, “I Will Always Love You.”

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Whitney Houston stands in praise as Kim Burrell serenades her with “I Believe in You and Me.”

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Brown University President, Dr. Ruth Simmons, accepts her award for her achievements in the field of education.

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Back for a second time as host, actress Gabrielle Union addresses the audience at BET Honors.

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Sean “P. Diddy” Combs addresses the audience as he graciously accepts his award.

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Take 6 joined Stevie Wonder for a serenade in honor of Dr. Keith Black, who was recognized for his commitment to public service and his work in the field of medicine.

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Stevie Wonder was joined by India.Arie and Trey Songz for a moving performance of “Wake Up, Everybody,” to honor the late Teddy Pendergrass.

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As usual, Patti Labelle brought the crowd to their feet as she sang in honor of Queen Latifah.

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India.Arie played the guitar alongside Eric Lewis, on piano, to celebrate Dr. Ruth Simmons.

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Stevie Wonder does his magic on the harmonica during his performance at BET Honors.

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Chris Tucker presents an award to his friend, Dr. Keith Black.

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Queen Latifah is all smiles as Taraji P. Henson presents her with her award.

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Host Gabrielle Union addresses the crowd in one of the nine dresses she chose for the evening.

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Mary J. Blige had the crowd dancing in the aisles during her performance of “Be Happy,” in honor of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.

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Beverly Bond walks the red carpet at BET Honors.

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Actress and author, Victoria Rowell, poses on the red carpet at BET Honors.

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Ryan Leslie makes his way down the carpet at BET Honors.

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Taraji P. Henson arrives at BET Honors.

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Washington Redskins wide receiver, Devin Thomas, walks the red carpet at BET Honors.

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Honoree, Dr. Ruth Simmons, walks the red carpet at BET Honors.

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Trey Songz arrives at BET Honors.

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Actress Gabrielle Union arrives at BET Honors.

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Terry Crews and his wife, Rebecca, pose for the cameras at BET Honors.

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Omarosa arrives at the BET Honors.

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Take 6 arrive at BET Honors.

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India.Arie arrives at BET Honors.

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D.C. Mayor, Adrian Fenty, arrives at BET Honors.

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Mary J. Blige poses with her family at BET Honors.

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Honoree Dr. Keith Black poses with his wife, Carol Bennett, at BET Honors.

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Mary J. Blige poses alongside BET’s Chairman and CEO, Debra Lee, at BET Honors.

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Steve Johnson poses, with his sax, on the red carpet at BET Honors.

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Actress Tichina Arnold poses at BET Honors.

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Honoree, Queen Latifah, was acknowledged for spearheading the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, which was named for her late brother and is dedicated to providing opportunities for students with limited resources to further their education.

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As a member of the Board of Directors for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Sean “Diddy” Combs was recognized for his dedication to utilizing hip-hop as a tool to promote education and empowerment among our youth.

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Andre Harrell walks the red carpet at BET Honors.

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CeCe Penniston walks the red carpet at BET Honors.

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Janice Combs walks the red carpet with her son, Sean “Diddy” Combs who was among the night’s honorees.

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R&B balladeer, Joe, stops to pose on the red carpet at BET Honors.

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Singer/dancer Mya is a vision, in red, at BET Honors.

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Singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Ne-Yo, arrives in style at BET Honors.