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BET Honors 'what extraordinary looks like': Karen Clark Sheard among legends

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Gracing the stage, one of the famed Clark Sisters; legendary multiple award winning, Karen Clark Sheard performs tonight on the BET Honors. At 8pm cst February 24th, BET will honor great legendary creative minds in the African American community: Berry Gordy, Aretha Franklin, Nelson Mandela, Ice Cube, Carrie Mae Weems and Kenneth Chenault with funny man Wayne Brady at the helm as host.

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BET Honors tapped one of Gospel music's iconic vocalists of all time, Karen Clark Sheard and some of today's R&B most talented artists Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae. It would be remissed to not have Smokey Robinson as one of the performers during the program. Mr. Robinson has blazed a trail for many of the artists today and was very instrumental in the success of Motown.

Here's a glimpse of the Honorees:

Aretha Franklin has won a total of 18 career Grammys and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide and her vibrant, unmistakable voice has been deemed a national treasure. Those reasons and many more are why the legendary artist is a 2014 BET Honors Honoree.

Berry Gordy is precisely "what extraordinary looks like." As a music industry pioneer and titan, the Detroit-born mogul is the mastermind behind the legendary Motown Records.

[Kenneth] Chenault is the CEO of American Express and one of the first African-American CEOs of a Fortune 500 company. His innovative vision and futuristic leadership has helped position the company at the fore of the global marketplace. Chenault is a gamechanger.

O'shea Jackson (Ice Cube): A founding member of the controversial hardcore rap group N.W.A., Ice Cube branched out beyond hip hop to become an actor, screenwriter, film director and producer. Funny thing is, his brand is still expanding!

Nelson Mandela once noted: "Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate." And it was this embracing of love that saw him emerge as one of the most important freedom fighters and political leaders of the 20th century.

Carrie Mae Weems has been behind the lens as a visual artist since the 1980s. The quality, depth and reality of the human experience conveyed in her work has won millions over and uniquely positioned her at the fore of the photography world

Courtesy of BET and BET Honors

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