Lee Daniels, Mellody Hobson, Eric Holder, Patti LaBelle and L.A. Reid feted at 2016 BET Honors

Jeff Pfeiffer

arsenio-hall-bet-honorsThe 2016 BET Honors, which taped March 5 at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., will air on BET March 14 at 8pm ET. Celebrating its ninth year, the annual event is a star-studded evening that celebrates black excellence by honoring five distinguished African Americans who are at the highest levels in the fields of art, music, theater, technology and business. This year’s event is hosted by Arsenio Hall (pictured).

Honorees at the 2016 BET Honors are Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and creator of the hit television show Empire; Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the U.S. and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation; Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Public Service Award), the first African American United States Attorney General and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington D.C.; Patti Labelle (Musical Arts Awards), the iconic Grammy Award-winning singer whose powerhouse voice has sold over 50 million records worldwide; and L.A. Reid (The Business of Entertainment Award), Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, a three-time Grammy Award winner and prolific music mogul who helped launch some of the biggest music careers and superstars of today.

The 2016 BET Honors airs March 14 at 8pm ET on BET.

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