BET Honors 2009

BET Honors
ESSENCE.COM 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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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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Host Gabrielle Union entertains the audience before announcing the next presenter.

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A surprise visit from Whitney Houston was welcomed by a thunderous round of applause.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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