Two “X Factor” judges paid tribute to Mariah Carey at the 2012 BET Honors ceremony, which was held January 14 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.
As previously reported, “The X Factor” U.K. judge Kelly Rowland performed a tribute to Carey, who was honored at the show in the entertainment category. Meanwhile, “The X Factor” U.S. judge L.A. Reid gave the introductory tribute speech to Carey.
Reid is currently chairman/CEO of Epic Records. Before he joined Epic in July 2011, he was chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group from 2004 to March 2011. During his first year at Island Def Jam, Reid signed Carey, who was in a career slump at the time after the failure of her “Glitter” movie. Carey’s first album for Island (2005’s “The Emancipation of Mimi”) included her big comeback hit “We Belong Together.”
Rowland and Raekown performed a duet of Carey’s 1995 hit “Fantasy” at the event. Rowland wore a 24K tweed dress with frayed black and gold crepe by designer Christina Makowsky.
BET will televise 2012 BET Honors on February 13 at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.
Meanwhile, Bossip reports that Rowland was among the celebrity guests at basketball star Dwayne Wade’s 30th birthday party, which took place on January 16, 2012, at the Setai Hotel in Miami. (His actual birthday in on January 17.) Wade’s girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, hosted the party. (Union also hosted the 2012 BET Honors.)
Other stars at Wade’s party included LeBron James, Usher, Alonzo Mourning and Fat Joe. The event also had a star-studded lineip of artists who performed at the event: Rowland, Common, T.I., Rick Ross and DJ Irie. According to NBC Sports, Rowland sang “Happy Birthday” to Wade at the party.
As previously reported, Rowland will be an honoree and performer at the 2012 Essence Black Women in Music event, which will be held in Los Angeles on February 8. The event will not be televised.
Rowland will also be among the celebrities attending the 16th annual Power of Love Gala, which will also be a 70th birthday celebration for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has Parkinson’s disease. The event takes place on February 18, 2012, at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. ABC will televise the event in the U.S. on February 25, 2012, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
There are rumors that Rowland will not return to “The X Factor” U.K. judging panel in 2012. A spokesperson for Rowland has said that a decision has not been made yet.
As previously reported, Rowland recorded a duet with former “X Factor” U.K. finalist Amelia Lily, who came in third place on the show in 2011. Rowland was Lily’s “X Factor” mentor. The title and release date of the duet have not yet been announced, but the song is expected to be on Lily’s first album.