“BET Honors” aired last night, and paid tribute to actress Cicely Tyson, jazz legend Herbie Hancock, actor Jamie Foxx, supermodel and philanthropist Iman, historian Lonnie Busch and publisher Linda Johnson Rice.
“I’m told that I have one minute,” said Tyson upon reaching the microphone and accepting the award for theatrical arts presented to her by Tyler Perry. “It took me a minute to get up here,” she quipped.
Foxx received the award for 2011 Entertainer from Cedric the Entertainer. During his acceptance speech, Foxx said, “It lets me know I’ve got a long way to go. You’re all eloquent and brilliant,” he said. “It’s better than the Oscar.”
Ne-Yo honored Linda Johnson Rice with Smokey Robinson’s “Tears Of A Clown,” Billy Paul’s “Me & Mrs. Jones,” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”
Keyshia Cole sings “A Better Me”
Marsha Ambrosius sings Teena Marie’s “Portuguese Love”
Lalah Hathaway honored Lonnie Burch with Luther Vandross’ “Forever, For Always, For Love”
Yolanda Adams honored Cicely Tyson with her song “This Battle Is The Lords”