Kanye West and Usher to Receive Awards at the 2015 BET Honors

West will receive the Visionary Award for his 'extraordinary contributions across the art,' while Usher will be honored with the Musical Arts Award for his 20-year career in music.

AceShowbiz - Kanye West is among those to be honored at the 2015 BET Honors. It was announced on Wednesday, December 10 that the rapper would be presented with the Visionary Award during a ceremony slated to air on BET on February 23, 2015.

"Kanye West will be honored for his extraordinary contributions across the arts, including roles as a record producer, rapper, filmmaker and fashion designer," read a statement on BET's website. "He's a multifaceted trailblazer and pioneer whose accomplishments are all marked by his unique and forward-thinking approach."

Usher is another musician who will be honored with an award at the event. The R&B superstar is set to receive the Musical Arts Award for his 20-year career in music. Since putting out his self-titled debut album, according to BET, he "has sold over 30 million records, including the RIAA Diamond certified 'Confessions'."

Other honorees include Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad and Chairman of Microsoft and CEO of Virtual Instruments John W. Thompson.

The 2015 BET Honors will be hosted by Wayne Brady. It will be taped at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on January 24 before airing in February.

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