Feb, 02, 2009
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Actress Gabrielle Union hosted the second annual BET Honors and, as always, was feminine chic.
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All Hail the Queen
Queen Latifah was stunning and served as a presenter.
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Tyler Perry was regal in a purple tux. The filmmaker was honored for his accomplishments and successes in media.
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Honored for her achievements as an award-winning entertainer, Mary J. Blige’s fiery dress matched her spirit.
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Lady in Charge
Host Gabrielle Union entertains the audience before announcing the next presenter.
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Queen of the Night
A surprise visit from Whitney Houston was welcomed by a thunderous round of applause.
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Gift of Song
Queen Latifah serenades the crowd with her rendition of “Wishing on a Star.”
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Yolanda Adams was on hand for a tribute to Tyler Perry, letting him know his life and accomplishments are an inspiration to us all.
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Pride & Glory
Restaurateur B. Smith lifts her award for entrepreneurship with pride during the show.
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Artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Judith Jamison was honored by Angela Bassett for her contributions to education and the world of dance.
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Honoree Mary J. Blige accepted her award and thanked her fans for their continued support.
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For You I Will
In a special tribute to Mary J. Blige, R&B songstress Monica brought the house down with a performance of “Not Gon’ Cry.”
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Angela Bassett chats with the incomparable Judith Jamison, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater after presenting her with an award for her contributions to education and dance.
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Host Gabrielle Union and presenter Terrence Howard enjoy the festivities.
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Sean “Diddy” Combs, Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are all smiles at the star-studded event.
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Tyler Perry accepts his award from Whitney Houston and expresses his gratitude.
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Lift Every Voice
Queen Latifah’s soulful performance was accompanied by the legendary Stevie Wonder.
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Crooner Ne-Yo sings “Miss Independent” to B. Smith, who was honored with an award for her entrepreneurship.
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In Her Honor
Soul man Anthony Hamilton serenades honoree Judith Jamison who is touched by his heartwarming performance.
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Earvin “Magic” Johnson was honored with the Corporate Citizen Award for the many jobs he’s helped create in the African-American community through his business ventures.