Mariah Carey arrives at the Dorchester Hotel in London (Dec. 10, 2011)

*In its fifth consecutive year, BET Networks presents BET Honors, a night celebrating the outstanding achievements of seven extraordinary legends in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education.

The 2012 honored recipients include renowned poet/author Maya Angelou (Literary Arts), internationally acclaimed musician Stevie Wonder (Musical Arts), Grammy-award winning songstress Mariah Carey (Entertainer), influential filmmaker Spike Lee (Media), the heroic Tuskegee Airmen (Service) and inspirational coach and mentor Beverly Kearney (Education).

Hosted by actress Gabrielle Union at the historic Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., the event celebrates the lifetime contributions and exceptional service of certain individuals to African-American culture in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education.

The special will premiere during 1st quarter 2012 on BET.