Stars including Mariah Carey, Brandy, Monica and Chaka Khan also joined forces for an emotional tribute to Whitney Houston in which the late singer's mother Cissy also performed a rendition of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.
Carey, who introduced the performances, said: "I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter. But we'll always have the music.
"We'll always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all."
Elsewhere, Oscar nominee Viola Davis was honoured with the 'Best Actress' award, while The Help won the prize for 'Best Movie'.
Frankie Beverly featuring Maze were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award, while Serena Williams and basketball star Kevin Durant were named 'Sportswoman of the Year' and 'Sportsman of the Year' respectively.