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BET Honors celebrates extraordinary talent and achievement

The 2014 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Honors ceremony was held Saturday night at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC. The purpose of this annual event is to celebrate extraordinary African-American achievement and accomplishment.

2014 BET Honors
Sidney Thomas
2014 BET Honors
Black Entertainment Television

The 2014 BET Honorees are Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, legendary R&B singer Aretha Franklin, actor and rapper Ice Cube, artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems, CEO of American Express Kenneth Chenault, and the great political activist, humanitarian and President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.

Ice Cube received the Entertainment Award for his impressive career in music, film and television. He is currently starring in the movie Ride Along which has generated over $100 million, and has topped the charts for three weeks in a row. Ice Cube's 10th solo album Everythang's Corrupt is scheduled to drop later in the year.

Kenneth Chenault has been the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001. Mr. Chenault is the third African-American CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and Ebony Magazine has listed him as a "living pioneer" in the African-American business community.

Carrie Mae Weems is an artist who uses photography, fabric, audio and video to explore and examine African-American culture. Her exhibit "Three Decades of Photography and Video" will be on display through May 14, 2014 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Every year the BET Honors brings to DC an amazing collection of celebrity and talent. Among the performers and attendees were: Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Ludacris, Smokey Robinson, Fonzworth Bentley, Michael Bivins, Russ Parr, Karen Clark Sheard, Debra Lee, Wolf Blitzer, Ski Johnson, and Wayne Brady who hosted the show. Tamar Braxton also performed, and graced the stage and red carpet wearing Michael Costello Couture.

The 2014 BET Honors will be televised on February 24th. For more information about BET Honors, please visit: www.bet.com/bethonors.