(L-R) Lisa Leslie, T.D. Jakes, Halle Berry, Clarence Avant and Chaka Khan onstage at BET Honors 2013 at Warner Theatre on January 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

*Chaka Khan and Halle Berry were among those getting the royal treatment  at the 2013 BET Honors ceremony, held Saturday in Washington DC.

The Oscar winner was praised for her charity work with domestic violence victims at Los Angeles’ Jenesse Center, and she used her acceptance speech to call on women to speak up about problems at home.

“Many women don’t speak out and they don’t seek help,” she said. “By honoring the work we’re doing at the Jenesse Center, maybe it will encourage others to stand up and be strong and face the reality of what’s happening to them – and have the courage to make a change.”

Halle Berry and Phylicia Rashad onstage at BET Honors 2013 at Warner Theatre on January 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.


Berry’s appearance was followed by a performance from Alicia Keys, who dedicated her new single, “Brand New Me,” to the actress.

Chaka Khan and Kelly Rowland onstage BET Honors 2013 at Warner Theatre on January 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. 

Khan was celebrated for her career achievements, while fellow honorees included music executive Clarence Avant, WNBA Lisa Leslie and pastor T.D. Jakes.

The annual ceremony was hosted by actress Gabrielle Union and also featured music from Brandy and Erykah Badu.

The ceremony is scheduled to air Feb. 11 on BET. View more pics below.

Halle Berry (L) and Alicia Keys

(L-R) Gabrielle Union, Lisa Leslie, T.D. Jakes, Halle Berry, Clarence Avant and Chaka Khan onstage at BET Honors 2013 at Warner Theatre on January 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu 

Wayne Brady serenades Chaka Khan

Halle Berry speaks with fellow honoree Lisa Leslie

(L-R) Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, BET’s Debra Lee