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Lee Daniels, Mellody Hobson, Eric H. Holder, Jr., Patti Labelle, L.A. Reid Are “BET Honors” Honorees

Lee Daniels, Mellody Hobson, Eric H. Holder, Jr., Patti Labelle, L.A. Reid Are "BET Honors" Honorees

BET Networks will kick off the New Year celebrating black excellence at its ninth annual “BET Honors” special hosted by Arsenio Hall – his first hosting appearance on the “BET Honors” stage. 

The star-studded night will honor five distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of art, music, theater, technology and business.

This year’s honorees are Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Academy Award nominated filmmaker and creator of the hit television show “Empire;” Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African American owned money management and mutual fund companies in the U.S. and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation; Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Public Service Award), the first African American United States Attorney General and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington D.C.; Patti Labelle (Musical Arts Awards), the iconic Grammy Award winning singer whose powerhouse voice has sold over 50 million records worldwide and L.A. Reid (The Business of Entertainment Award), Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, a three-time Grammy Award winner and prolific music mogul who helped launch some of the biggest music careers and superstars of today.

BET.com will join the kudo-fest with the inaugural launch of  Next in Class, a digital celebration of young leaders, innovators and influencers whose stars are rising in the fields of  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), philanthropy & social justice, music, fashion & style, creative arts & entertainment and education. Go to BET.com/NextInClass to vote for this year’s candidates.

“BET Honors” will be taped at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 23, 2015 and will premiere on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8 pm ET during Black History Month on BET Networks.

“BET Honors” is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando and Lynne Harris Taylor from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For more information on “BET Honors,” visit http://www.bet.com/bethonors

Join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.

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