Jussie Smollett, Fantasia, Leon Bridges Among Performers Tapped For 'BET Honors': Exclusive

Lee Daniels
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Lee Daniels is photographed at the 11th Annual Dubai International Film festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on Dec. 14, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Jussie Smollett and V. Bozeman of Empire, Leon Bridges, Fantasia, Ledisi and The Deele have been set as performers for The BET Honors. Presenters Mary J. Blige and recent Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson will also be on hand when the annual awards show is taped at Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre on Jan. 23.

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This year’s slate of honorees includes Empire co-creator Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Business of Entertainment Award), singer Patti Labelle (Musical Arts Award), businesswoman Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award) and former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Public Service Award).

As longtime music fans will recall, Reid -- along with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds -- was an original member of band The Deele, whose hits include “Two Occasions.”

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Comedian/actor Arsenio Hall will host The BET Honors, which will premiere on Feb. 23 on BET Networks at 8 p.m. ET. For more information, visit


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