Stars from across the board were out in force for the BET honours on the 12/01/2013. The BET celebrates distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education.

Other musicians out in force on the red carpet were Ledisi, Y'Anna Crawley, Kem, Ray Chew, Bazaar Royale with Beverly Bond, Luke James of Fashion Music and music executive Clarence Avant. Fitness guru Jeanette Jenkins, ABC news anchor Cynne Simpson, Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent Gray, President and CEO of Viacom Philippe Dauman with his wife Deborah Dauman, and American journalist Roland Martin were also at the event.

Academy Award-winning actress and BET honoree, Halle Berry, stole the night though, as she stepped out confidently in a strapless Monique Lhuillier dress. "Many women don't speak out and they don't seek help," Berry said, of her support of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, reports the Washington Post. "By honoring the work we're doing at the Jenesse Center, maybe it will encourage others to stand up and be strong and face the reality of what's happening to them -- and have the courage to make a change." 

Performances by A-listers including Alicia Keys, Brandy, Erykah Badu, Wayne Brady, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis punctuated a glitzy night.