*Jussie Smollett and V. Bozeman of “Empire,” Leon Bridges, Fantasia, Ledisi and The Deele have been announced as performers for The BET Honors, which will be filmed at Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre on Jan. 23.
Honorees this year include “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).
Reid was an original member of band The Deele along with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, whose hits include “Two Occasions.”
Presenters Mary J. Blige and recent Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson will also be on hand.
Arsenio Hall will host The BET Honors, which will premiere on Feb. 23 on BET Networks at 8 p.m. ET.