The stars shows up and showed out at the 2016 BET Honors, which aired last night (March 14)!
Hosted by Arsenio Hall, the ceremony honored music mogul L.A. Reid, financial guru Mellody Hobson, music legend Patti LaBelle, director Lee Daniels, and Attorney General Eric Holder for their amazing career contributions. Usher, Toni Braxton, Fantasia, Raheem DeVaughn, Ledisi, and Jazmine Sullivan were all on hand to perform for the honorees.
Toni Braxton opened the show with her sisters Tracy, Towanda, and Trina as her doo wop pop chicks (a.k.a. background singers) to ode Reid, who had a major hand in her successful career. She sang her hits “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” “Breathe Again,” “Seven Whole Days,” and “Un-Break My Heart.”
Usher tributed Reid by singing a medley of songs Reid had a hand in pushing out and inspired Usher as a child to become an entertainer, songs such as Bobby Brown’s “Roni” and “Rock Wit’cha.” He also sang his singles “My Way” and “You Don’t Have To Call.”
Fantasia blew down the house like always! She sand Patti’s song “You Are My Friend,” clearly a great song choice to show her deep appreciation for the music icon. Her performance brought Patti and the crowd to their feet.
Also, Jazmine Sullivan and Raheem DeVaughn gave tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, who passed away in February. Together, they brought the audience to their feet the with the EW&F hits “Shining Star” and “September.”
And lastly, Ledisi gave tribute to the late Natalie Cole’s musical legacy by singing two of the R&B star’s biggest hits, “I’ve Got Love On My Mind” and “This Will Be.”