2012 BET Honors Brings Out Mariah Carey, Willow Smith

Posted Saturday January 14, 2012 9:31 PM GMT

Held each year to pay tribute to a handful of iconic African-American figures, the 2012 BET Honors took place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night (January 14).

With the ceremony set at the Warner Theatre, Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon shared a few kisses on the arrivals carpet while joined by fellow guests including Willow Smith, Kelly Rowland, Aretha Franklin and singer Michelle Williams.

Hosted by Gabrielle Union for the fifth consecutive year, the BET Honors saw First Lady Michelle Obama take the stage in a lovely red frock while this year's honorees were presented to the audience.

As for the six individuals being feted, the lineup included Miss Carey, as well as renowned poet/author Dr. Maya Angelou, internationally acclaimed musician Stevie Wonder, filmmaker Spike Lee, heroic Tuskegee Airmen and award-winning track and field coach Beverly Kearney.

“There is not an honoree who I don’t feel a connection to. It’s truly an amazing group of people,” Kearney said of being selected. “I am humbled and inspired.”

Featuring performances by Willow and Aretha, along with Patti LaBelle, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Cicely Tyson, the BET Honors is set to air on Monday, February 13 at 9/8c on BET.