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Keys, Warwick get Black Girls Rock! honors

Alicia Keys will be honored during the "Black Girls Rock!" TV special. /Photo: Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP

NEW YORK — Alicia Keys and Dionne Warwick are known for singing pop and R&B, but they’ll be honored as black women who “rock” on BET.

The “Black Girls Rock!” special, which honors the accomplishments of Black women, returns to the network on Nov. 4; the actual ceremony will be held Oct. 13 in the Bronx, N.Y., with actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King returning as hosts.

Warwick will be honored as “living legend;” Keys will receive the “rock star” award. Scandal actress Kerry Washington will receive the “star power” award, while journalist Susan Taylor and Somali activist Dr. Hawa Abdi (HAH’-wah ab-DEE) also will be honored.

The awards are an offshoot of the organization Black Girls Rock!, created by DJ Beverly Bond to promote positive images of Black women.

— Associated Press