*BET salutes the accomplishments of Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ruth Simmons and Keith Black in the third annual “BET Honors,” which tapes Saturday, Jan. 16, in Washington DC for a Feb. 1 broadcast.

“Each of our six celebrants are dedicated to reaching back to help bring more forward and represent integrity, perseverance, fortitude and outsized talent,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials. “Music, merriment and memories are only a small part of BET Honors. We also hope to encourage our viewers to embody and emulate the passion and drive of these individuals.”

The 2010 honorees were selected in specific categories: singer Whitney Houston (Entertainment), entertainer Queen Latifah (Media), business mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs (Entrepreneur), accomplished educator Ruth Simmons (Education), and world renowned neurosurgeon Keith Black (Public Service).

Gabrielle Union returns as host of the ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. sharp at the Warner Theatre (1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW).

Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Patti LaBelle, ELEW and others will pay tribute to each of the stars via musical performances.