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Taraji P. Henson and Paula Patton attend BET Awards dinner in LA

Taraji P. Henson shows off toned legs in a lime green mini dress while Paula Patton looks elegant in a blue dress as they attend the BET Awards dinner in LA

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Taraji P. Henson shined while attending a dinner hosted by the BET Awards — in conjunction with her and the Boris L. Henson Foundation — on Saturday.

The 51-year-old Empire star – who will host the BET Awards on Sunday – showed off her impressively toned legs in a lime green fringed mini dress while attending the feature at Citizen News in Hollywood.

Also at the event was Mission Impossible star Paula Patton, 46, who was the epitome of chic in a blue dress with side cutouts.

Dazzling: Taraji P. Henson, 51, shone on the red carpet while attending a dinner hosted by the BET Awards at Citizen News in Hollywood on Saturday

Chic: Mission Impossible star Paula Patton, 46, was the epitome of chic in a blue dress with side cutouts

Dazzling: Taraji P. Henson, 51, and Paula Patton, 46, shone on the red carpet while attending a dinner hosted by the BET Awards at Citizen News in Hollywood on Saturday

Henson completed her stylish look with a pair of iridescent pointed heels and a green clutch.

She wore her black locks in smooth waves and sported voluminous lashes and bronze eyeshadows for the occasion.

Meanwhile, Patton wore sophisticated floral heels and a matching floral handbag.

Empire co-star: Henson's Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, 40, was also at the event, wearing a simple black blazer over a white shirt and jeans

Empire co-star: Henson’s Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, 40, was also at the event, wearing a simple black blazer over a white shirt and jeans

A vision in blue: Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, 55, was a vision in a gorgeous pleated blue dress with black lace details

A vision in blue: Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, 55, was a vision in a gorgeous pleated blue dress with black lace details

Robin Thicke’s ex-wife, 45, wore her dark brown locks parted in the middle and cascading over her shoulders.

Henson’s Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, 40, was also at the event, wearing a simple black blazer over a white shirt and jeans.

Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, 55, was visionary in a gorgeous pleated blue dress with black lace details.

Fun print: Her co-star Eva Marcille, 37, was on-trend in a Dalmatian print shirt and trousers, which she paired with black heels and a large set of earrings

Fun print: Her co-star Eva Marcille, 37, was on-trend in a Dalmatian print shirt and trousers, which she paired with black heels and a large set of earrings

Stunner: Actress Loren Lott, 29, turned heads in a sleeveless mini dress with black sequins, which she delivered with a dainty gold chain

Stunner: Actress Loren Lott, 29, caught the eye in a sleeveless black sequin mini dress, which she delivered with a dainty gold chain

Her co-star Eva Marcille, 37, was on-trend in a Dalmatian print shirt and trousers, which she paired with black heels and a large set of earrings.

Actress Loren Lott, 29, caught the eye in a sleeveless black sequin mini dress, which she adorned with a dainty gold chain.

All Between Us star Tabitha Brown, 43, wore a funky 1970s pink and white print dress with matching Converse pink platform sneakers and round pink sunglasses.

Television host Niecy Nash, 52, spoke onstage at the event, looking stunning in a figure-hugging brown dress.

1970s Style: All Between Us star Tabitha Brown, 43, wore a funky pink and white 1970s print dress with matching Converse pink platform sneakers and round pink sunglasses

1970s Style: All Between Us star Tabitha Brown, 43, wore a funky pink and white 1970s print dress with matching Converse pink platform sneakers and round pink sunglasses

Henson will host the BET Awards tomorrow for the second year in a row, broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Founded in 2001, the Black Entertainment Television Network (BET) awards celebrate African American stars in music, acting, sports and other forms of entertainment over the past year.

In a recent interview, Taraji spoke about the importance of the BET Awards and how they have championed it throughout her career.

“No matter how big I get in my career, no matter how high my star may rise, I will never forget my community,” she told Essence, talking about the ceremony.

Inside: Television host Niecy Nash, 52, was seen onstage at the event looking stunning in a figure-hugging brown dress

Inside: Television host Niecy Nash, 52, was seen onstage at the event looking stunning in a figure-hugging brown dress

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