The 2015 BET Honors broadcasted on Monday night, celebrating African-Americans making their mark in art, music, theater, business, and more. Taped at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. in late January, the eighth annual show was hosted this year by Wayne Brady. The 2015 honoree list included: Usher, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art), Phylicia Rashad (Tony Award-winning actress) and John W. Thompson (Chairman of Microsoft and CEO of Virtual Instruments), and Kanye West.

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With wife Kim Kardashian by his side, Kanye was presented with the Visionary Award by Damon Dash and his daughter Ava Dash. “My history with Kanye is I didn’t respect him as a rapper because I was around the greatest rappers,” said the former Roc-A-Fella CEO, who delivered an 8-minute speech before Kanye joined him on stage. “The micro of it is that we focus on the different races and the macro is that we don’t focus on the human race,” said West, who touched on racism and African-Americans looking past glitz and glamour.

Along with a video tribute featuring Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Common, and Don C., Kanye joined “Bound 2” collaborator Charlie Wilson for an impromptu performance on stage, kicking a freestyle over “Yearning For Your Love.” Kanye would later join Usher Dr. John W. Thompson, and Wayne Brady for another impromptu jam session, based around his now popular “We Don’t Have the Answers” line.

Kanye West – 2015 BET Honors Visionary Award Tribute Video

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