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Patti LaBelle, L.A. Reid, Fantasia and more at BET Honors!

The BET Honors 2016 took place last night (March 14).

The event celebrates the lives and achievements of African-American luminaries.

The evening was hosted by Arsenio Hall, whose opening speech included reflecting upon how Donald Trump as a possible President might impact upon the African-American race.

Hall joked: "This is a beautiful night. I love this. But enjoy it... because if Trump wins, gatherings like this will cease to exist." 

The producer and director Lee Daniels, music mogul Antonio M. "L.A." Reid and the legendary singer Patti LaBelle were among this year's honorees.

Daniels, the man behind the hit prime-time series 'Empire' and critically acclaimed movies 'Monster's Ball' and 'Precious', was recognized by 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett, who honored Daniels with a rendition of Michael Jackson's classic 'Man in the Mirror.'

The 1980s band The Deele, which featured Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, reunited for the first time in 28 years to peform. 

R&B pop star Usher and the Grammy-winning American Idol star Fantasia also paid tribute to Patti LaBelle, with Fantasia taking to the stage to sing a mind-blowing peformance of LaBelle's classic, 'You Are My Friend'.

Also amongst the night's honours was the late soul star, Natalie Cole, who died of congestive heart failure in December 2015. 

Other 2016 honorees included financial expert Mellody Hobson and former Attorney General Eric H. Holder.

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Watch coverage of the show by clicking here and Fantasia performing, below:


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