Kanye West was one of the few creatives honored at the eight annual 2015 BET Honors -- taped in January, and aired on February 23, 2015. Aside from West, the honoree list included Usher, actress Phylicia Rashad, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and chairman of Microsoft and CEO of Virtual Instruments John W. Thompson.
Damon Dash and his daughter Ava Dash presented 'Ye with the Visionary Award. Dash, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella, was brutally honest when delivering his speech. In the beginning of his speech he said, "my history with Kanye was... I didn't respect him as a rapper because I was around the greatest rappers, but I did think it was brave of him to say 'I'm a rapper' just because he felt like it." Dash's words shouldn't come as a huge surprise; he's expressed his initial hesitance towards 'Ye's rap skills when meeting him, but became receptive of his talents beyond production when seeing his work ethic. "He does more than most," Dash said.