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BET Honors 2012: Performances

Published: Monday 13th Feb 2012 by Rashad

The 2012 BET Honors aired tonight and tributed the achievements of Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Maya Angelou, among others. The Gabrielle Union-hosted affair, shot January 14th, took place at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C and saw acts Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, and more hit the stage to salute the hour’s honorees.

See their moving performances below:

Full Show (includes Luke James, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin performances)

Queen Latifah, Willow Smith, Cicely Tyson and Jill Scott – ‘Still I Rise’

Common & Anthony Hamilton – ‘The Believer’

Ledisi – ‘Higher Ground’/’Do I Do’

Kelly Rowland – ‘Fantasy’

Patti Labelle – “Hero”

Jennifer Hudson – ‘Think Like A Man’

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  1. RnbGenius February 13, 2012

    kelyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy did that shitttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  2. KAYBEE February 13, 2012

    I’m first LOL

  3. nanablacc February 13, 2012

    Kelly killed it!

  4. KAYBEE February 13, 2012

    UGH Im not

  5. VivaLaOnyx February 13, 2012

    Kelly KILLED THAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Beyonce Never Had A Baby February 13, 2012

    In the midst of Whitney’s death, who in the hell is watching the BET Awards right now? I completely forgot about that shitty show. And Ledisi and J-Hud were there and they couldn’t at least get one of those two to sing a Mariah tune? Yet they got non singing Rowland? I bet she did perform Fantasy because she for damn sure would not be able to pull off Mariah’s classic big balladeers.

    All of those low notes, high notes, chest notes, whistle notes would be a killer for Rowland.

  7. EdwardPonton February 13, 2012

    Kelly did great.

  8. williNalli February 13, 2012

    Yo K….MA GURLLL!!!

  9. Cee February 13, 2012

    @BeyonceNeverHadABaby

    For your information Mariah Carey herself asked Kelly Rowland to tribute her. Indeed. Now go pick up your face.

  10. KNUCK February 13, 2012

    I clearly did not see a couple of these performances on tv… I’m sitting here trying to figure out if I blacked out and never felt it!! wth

  11. NikkiIsChillin February 13, 2012

    Sooo proud of Kelly. Great job honoring Mariah!!! Love Ms Pattie too. She had me tearing up.

  12. listen February 13, 2012

    Yes performed fantasy and not a big ballad and she did the damn thing the whole point is yes she killed the bet awards last year.. but we all know it was lip sung the point she proved last night is yes she can sing. and lets not act like she didnt hit that high note..anyway her performance was the talk of night she got people talking so save the hate.

  13. listen February 13, 2012

    I mean tonight she was the talk of the night and proved the point that she can carry a tune. no she didnt outdo mariah but she held her damn own and made it very enjoyable and made people realize that she has a very underrated talent

  14. Anne February 13, 2012

    I thought everyone was great but I was the most impressed by Aretha and Stevie. Both were spectacular! I will definitely be watching those two performances again. I noticed that Mariah did not thank Kelly on air. Guess it was just an oversight probably due to her heartfelt excitement over Patti who also performed well though noticeably not at her peak. Must treasure legends like Aretha, Stevie, and Patti because we don’t know how much longer they will be here to sing for us.

  15. ChristinasCOMING February 13, 2012

    Mariah is such a DIVA and I f****** love it!

    Anyway, Ms. Kelly….I think we all know what you’re niche is and it’s just a matter of time before you realize that you should be doing songs like Fantasy.

    Stay away from all that euro dance pop trash and do more urban uptempos like Fantasy.

    Anyway, Ms. Kelly you killed this tonight! You know you did the damn thing when you get Mariah out of her seat jamming to it beaming.

  16. why you mad? February 13, 2012

    Yeah Kelly killed dat derrrr!

  17. KING#15 February 13, 2012

    IM AM VERY DISAPPOINTED KELLY HAD THAT SONG AS A TRIBUTE…SHE SHOULD HAVE DONE A BALLAD

    SHE COULD HAVE DONE VISION OF LOVE OR HERO

    AND PATTI COULD HAVE DONE WE BELONG TOGETHER…

    SHE ALWAYS DOES AND GET SECOND RATE STUFF THATS WHY PEOPLE DONT TAKE HER SERIOUS

    AND THE SAD THING IS SHE HAS A REALLY STRONG VERSATILE VOICE

  18. chil February 13, 2012

    such a PROUD fan!!!!! Kelly you DID THE DAMN THINNNGGG!

  19. Anne February 14, 2012

    The TGJ Team failed to do mini posts for the two best performers (IMO) Aretha (Until You Come Back To Me/Signed, Sealed, Delivered) and Stevie (Livin’ For The City).

  20. JER February 14, 2012

    KELLY THANK YOU! YOU DID THE DAMN THING!

  21. MRDIVABITCH February 14, 2012

    Kelly’s intonation = Rock Solid
    Kelly’s upper belting = Clean
    Kelly’s performance = HOT

    I had not payed her any attention…till now…
    I shall check this girl out
    She was always on Beyonce’s shadow
    But she is a good vocalist on her own right.

  22. juanpoe February 14, 2012

    she killed that s*** i wanna see her honor WHITNEY

  23. Theman February 14, 2012

    Kelly did amazing…

  24. Tr February 14, 2012

    Wow!! So, I guess Mariah wasn’t being patronizing when she stated the great job she did!! Kelly sounded amazing!! Even I had my doubts, but these last few years she really seems to be pulling thru, and taking HERSELF, and her craft seriously!!

  25. Ivy. February 14, 2012

    Kelly,
    King B would be so proud. This has to be the most clean and clear live she’s ever been.

  26. cammy February 14, 2012

    kelly sounded even more wonderful in this video also!

  27. BOOGIE BEEESH February 14, 2012

    KELLLLLLLLLLLLY IS GETTING RAVE REVIEWS!!! YES!!!

  28. MISHKA February 14, 2012

    Kelly was so upbeat, Great job, K!!!

  29. Nastybreakdown February 14, 2012

    Kelly was HOT! I loved her performance….was a lil hesitant @ first when I heard that she was gonna do a MC tribute, but she penned it. she fit the song very well and was into it

  30. Whitney fan February 14, 2012

    As I Whitney fan, I have to say while I am still devastated by the loss of Whitney, I am truly happy for Mariah. She truly is and deserves to be recognized as a legend. It makes absolutely no sense that people like Beyonce are honored as “legends” before Mariah. I have my issues with Mariah’s lipsynching but at her prime few singers could outsing her as a live vocalist.

    Now that Whitney is gone I hope fans would remember the kind words Whitney had for Mariah, and the kind words Mariah had for Whitney, and learn to appreciate both of their talent. Whitney will always be The Voice, top diva, and the most awarded artist of all time, and Mariah will always be the one who has the greatest range and more commercial success overall.

    Remember their friendship and talent. Learn to RESPECT.

    Congratulations to Mariah and Rest In Peace, Whitney.

    From a Whitney Fan

  31. muni February 14, 2012

    My girl Kelly f****** did that, I love her!!!

  32. K ANDB4EVER February 14, 2012

    YESSSS I WAS SO SCARED WHEN I HEARD SHE WAS DOING THIS SONG BUT THIS WAS ONE OF HER BEST VOCAL PERFORMENC I’V HEARD…. KELLY KILLED THIS HANDS DOWN…NOBODY SHOULD HAVE ANYTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT THIS UNLESS YOU A DUMB [email protected]#&H

  33. mhud February 14, 2012

    wow.queen kelly rowland gat me crying.i love this woman with all my hear.

  34. K ANDB4EVER February 14, 2012

    SORRY TYPO PERFORMANCE

  35. diva February 14, 2012

    Fantastic job Kelly so proud of you…you can only go up from here

  36. cray February 14, 2012

    Wow Kelz…that was really nice!!! Hats off to ya!

  37. DelliDel February 14, 2012

    WOOOO KELLY KILLED IT

  38. Alex Thomas February 14, 2012

    Kelly was amazing! Hear that note she hit? Jeeeez…

  39. Shocked February 14, 2012

    Luke James B****!!!!! And Kelly had better be dating him.

  40. Saint February 14, 2012

    Kelly did better than Mariah on her own song

    RIP Whitney Houston: The Voice, the best singer in the world

  41. L February 14, 2012

    It was ok. No one can do a Mariah song like Mariah but much props to Kelly baby.

  42. DEC February 14, 2012

    A-MA-ZING Vocals Kellz!

  43. HBF82 February 14, 2012

    Kelly killed it. And you know it.
    Mariah is the Queen. Enough said.
    Period.

  44. Nika February 14, 2012

    Patti KILLED it!!!!!

  45. GLYNNJE February 14, 2012

    KELLY ROWLAND YASSSSSSSSSSSSS YOU SLAYED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  46. pat February 14, 2012

    how could you forget the best of the night…aretha/stevie together

  47. JohnVidal February 14, 2012

    Mariah and Whitney, my biggest idols! I just can´t stop thinking about Whitney right now though. I´m still a mess. And I´ve seen pictures of Mariah looking so sad last night too. This is heartbreaking

  48. JohnVidal February 14, 2012

    @ Whitney fan
    Agree 100%! We are talking about true greats. No time for lessers or stan wars here

  49. DC3 February 14, 2012

    im so proud of Kelly! she made her fans proud…and i think she picked up a few after last nights performance…this is the kelly we know..that has the potential to be a versatile performer

  50. B4REAL02 February 14, 2012

    Ms. Kelly did her thing!!!

  51. Dave February 14, 2012

    KELLY F***** SLAYED PERIOD! So haters stop! If it was a basic chick like Rih struggling on basic notes, though singing live most would say “she slayed.” So give credit when Kelly went out there & did the freakin dang thang. So many doubted her, “I’m scared.” Um…she’s honoring a LEGEND! She doesn’t have time to do mediocre. & plus why would she embarrass herself & have to sing a song LIVE that she clearly didn’t have the abilities to do? If people had been checkin her out, she has been slaying vocally recently. Whether or not the BET Awards was live live, or pre-recorded live, it was HER live vocals. She performed the same song at a few shows, & hit all the same notes as the BET Performance, once she did a F#5, another she did a G5. & She always hit the E5’s, so stop………

  52. said so February 14, 2012

    OMG! Kelly, you go girl. Brilliant job!

  53. Boogie Beesh February 14, 2012

    KEEEEEEEELLLLLLYYYYY!!! THE OUTFIT, THE HAIR, THE LEGS, THE NOTES, THE PITCH, ALL FLAWLESS, ALL ONNN POINT!!1

    I agree that she needs r&b/pop, this was AMAZING!! MARRRIAH!!!! YESS KELLY!!!

  54. kitteneyez2012 February 14, 2012

    kelly that was amazing! patti made me tear up and mariah well seein her cry i just lost it! good job to kelly and patti and congrats mariah! love u 4ever!

  55. Steph February 14, 2012

    Kelly is awesome! I had no doubt whatsoever!!! Thanks TGJ, Xo

  56. soulsister90 February 14, 2012

    JENIFER HUDSON IS THE ONE WHO KNOT IT OUT THE PARK

  57. angela wesley February 14, 2012

    Someone how can we forget Steve anPatti , they are legend already and
    we know they can sand. But Kellyon the other hand, Kelly had stiff
    competition with likes of Patti La Belle and Stevet wonder.I am glad
    she picka a Mariah song that fit her vocals.Kelly did a good job.

  58. angela wesley February 14, 2012

    typo it suppose read Soneone said how can we forget about Steve and Patti.

  59. 80sBaby February 15, 2012

    Kelly!!! You did that girl!!!

  60. said so February 15, 2012

    Its amazing how XY and Z does not comment when Kelly is doing great. It doesn’t make any different though because I don’t read his comments, however, it goes to show that he is just a hater who wants to find little mistakes Kelly makes and make them into mountains to say she is failing. Pathetic! Anyway, GO KELLY, job well done!

  61. charlly February 20, 2012

    kelly rocks

  62. ptm April 8, 2012

    kelly killed it dont evan care she can sing and killed it last year 2. yh “this year she is bringing out a new album and is returning back to rnb i mean proper rnb and she is not using atotune on her album bcos she wants ppl to no the real her” as said by produer shes working with. lol she explored different genres last year and some i wasnt keen on hence the euro club musicbut still she has and allways had an amazing voice and is underrated 2 much.

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