The 2014 BET Honors aired tonight with unforgettable performances from Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, Janelle Monáe and Karen Clarke Sheard. But, without a doubt, the evening’s showstopper was Jennifer Hudson, who showed out during her tribute soul-music legend Aretha Franklin.
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Rocking all-white everything and a pixie cut like a fashion goddess, Hudson gave the Queen of Soul much “RESPECT” with a medley of her biggest hits.
Hosted by Wayne Brady, the other honorees of the night included Motown founder Berry Gordy (Tamar paid homage with a performance of “Upside Down” by Diana Ross), rapper and TV producer Ice Cube (Ludacris presented the award to fellow rapper-turned-actor), visual artist Carrie Mae, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, and late former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Mariah Carey was a force to be reckoned with as well. She debuted her new single “You’re Mine” with an over-the-top — literally, she was on top of a piano — performance in a black cleavage-baring gown. Afterward, the pop diva was greeted with a hug from her daughter Monroe and we collectively said “aww.”
The 2014 BET Honors, recorded earlier this month, took place at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, the event has celebrated the achievements of African Americans in the arts, entertainment, business, athletics, public service and education. Last year’s honorees included Halle Berry, T.D. Jakes, Chaka Khan, Lisa Leslie and Clarence Avant.
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1. Jennifer Hudson
The 2014 BET Honors were taped this Saturday (Feb. 8) at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. with Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae and more celebs who paid homage to our most coveted entertainers. Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and more iconic musicians were tributed through song. While everyone looked particularly dashing, J Hud stood out in a white peplum dress. Check out these performance flicks.
2. Jennifer Hudson
The superstar wears a daring Pierre Balmain peplum dress, showing off her waist and fit physique.
3. Mariah Carey
Mariah lays out on the piano during her performance of a new single, "You're Mine." The powerhouse wore a low-cut Rubin Singer black gown that had folks talking.
4. Janelle Monae & Aretha Franklin
Janelle and Ms. Aretha were seen chatting backstage.
5. Anthony Anderson & Wayne Brady
The two funnymen shared the stage during the ceremony.
6. Aretha Franklin
BET Honor's honoree Aretha Franklin delivers an epic tribute performance to the late Nelson Mandela. Her tribute included performances from Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson and Franklin's own granddaughter, Victorie Franklin, who performed Tamela Mann’s "Take Me to the King."
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J. Hud performs for Aretha Franklin's tribute performance.
8. Jennifer Hudson & Janelle Monae
Janelle and Jennifer poses for pics backstage. Monae gave a fun performance of Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."
9. Tamar & Vince
The married couple showed PDA and kissy faces on the red carpet. The Grammy-nominated singer later performed Diana Ross' "Upside Down."
10. Tristan Wilds
The singer and actor from "The Wire" looks dapper in an all-black tux.