In its 8th celebratory year, Black Music Honors shines a spotlight on revolutionary artists and musicians who have made significant impact on African American music. Produced by Central City Productions, the live taping will take place at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, May 19. The celebration will be co-hosted by singer and actress LeToya Luckett alongside comedic actor DeRay Davis.
Black Music Honors is an annual event that celebrates the illustrious achievements and exceptional contributions of urban music.
This year’s lineup of honorees includes some of the most influential names in Black music history such as hip-hop superstar, songwriter-producer, and cultural icon Missy Elliott; award-winning R&B vocal trio and one of the best-selling female groups of all time SWV; disco superstar vocalist, songwriter, record producer and all-around performer Evelyn “Champagne” King; widely-respected R&B/Soul crooner Jeffrey Osborne; and legendary gospel trailblazers The Hawkins Family.
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“Black music is the heartbeat of our culture, and the honorees for this years’ Black Music Honors represent the soul of American music,” says Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson.
“We pay homage to the musical innovators who have paved the way for future generations. Our tribute performances not only celebrate the honorees of yesterday, but also showcase the influence and impact of their iconic sounds and styles on today’s artists with a beautiful symbiosis of past and present.”
The televised special will premiere on the Stellar Network on June 3 and air in national broadcast syndication Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, July 2 in tribute to Black Music Month. The show will also air on Bounce TV June 19.