Empire’s Jussie Smollett Pays Tribute To Lee Daniels With Man In the Mirror At BET Honors

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Last night at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, the BET Honors paid tribute to several honorees. The annual show pays homage to  African-American luminaries in art, music, theater, technology and business.

This years honorees include: Singer Patti Labelle, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and board chairman for DreamWorks Animation, L. A. Reid, the chairman and chief executive of Epic Records, and Lee Daniels, the filmmaker and co-creator of the show “Empire,” who was recognized for his television and film work.

For Mr. Daniels tribute, a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” was performed by Empire’s own Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, a gay character inspired by Mr. Daniels’s own background. Mr. Smollett’s performance also included images of protesters holding up signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and “End Racism.”

Mr. Daniel was recently featured in Spike Lee’s documentary, “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off The Wall.”

The show will feature tribute performances by Usher, Ledesi, Eddie LeVert, Fantasia, Babyface, Toni Braxton, and the Deele.

The BET Honors which will be shown on March 14.

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Sources: New York Times | All Things Michael

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