The network announced Thursday that basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes will also be celebrated at the Jan. 12 event in Washington, D.C., at the Warner Theatre. The special airs Feb. 11.
BET Honors highlights African Americans performing at top levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, education and more.
Maya Angelou was among the honorees at this year's BET Honors. First Lady Michelle Obama presented her award.
Actress Gabrielle Union will host the special. Performers will be announced at a later date.