Mariah Carey presents - Patti LaBelle Is a Living Legend: Black Girls Rock! 2013

Black Girls Rock! is an annual award show, founded by former DJ and model Beverly Bond, that honors and promotes Black women in different fields involving music, entertainment, medicine, entrepreneurship and visionary aspects; the categorized awards include The 'Rock Star' Award, Social Humanitarian, Who Got Next?, Living Legend, Shot Caller, Trailblazer, Motivator, Young, Gifted & Black, Star Power, and Visionary.[1] The program also features musical performances by female recording artists in the R&B and Soul music genres.

The annual ceremony made its official television debut on November 7, 2010 on BET.[2] The ceremony was hosted by actress Nia Long and featured recognitions and musical performances by musical performers such as SWV, Coko, Raven-Symoné, Keke Palmer, Ruby Dee, Teresa Clarke, Marcelite J. Harris, Iyanla Vanzant, Kelly Price, Keyshia Cole, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Keri Hilson, Ciara and Missy Elliott, who was previously honored with the "Creative Visionary" award in 2007.[1][3]

The inaugural ceremony's success has since led to Black Girls Rock! to become annual televised event on BET and its sister network Centric (now BET Her).[4]

The annual ceremony has been produced at from New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark since the 2015 event.[5]

At the 2016 event, Hillary Clinton attended and introduced Bond.[6]

The 2019 event was hosted by actress Niecy Nash. It was held on August 25 and aired on September 8 on BET.[7]

Rock Star Award – Queen Latifah[14]
Young, Gifted & Black Award – Misty Copeland[14]
Star Power Award – Venus Williams[14]
Living Legend Award – Patti LaBelle[14]
Social Humanitarian Award – Marian Wright Edelman[14]
Community Activist Award – Ameena Matthews[14]
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