New York, NY (Top40 Charts / Central City Productions/Black Music Honors TV Special)
The 3rd Annual 2018 Black Music
Honors hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley
and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett is currently airing in national broadcast syndication. The star-studded show was taped live at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Tenn. Viewers can click blackmusichonors.com/Airtime.html to check local airdates and broadcast times.
The show celebrated the legacies of several esteemed music icons including Grammy ®Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Stephanie
Mills (Legends Award); celebrated singer/actor Bobby
Brown (R&B Soul Music
Icon Award); acclaimed gospel artists BeBe and CeCe Winans
Icon Award); multi-platinum, Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Faith Evans
Icon Award); renowned rap duo Whodini (Hip Hop Icon Award); and chart-topping music producer and label executive Dallas Austin (Music Innovator Icon Award).
Honors celebrates artists who have helped shape black music and culture by inspiring new and emerging entertainers. A show-stopping medley by Bell Biv DeVoe honored R&B icon, Bobby
Brown. The electrifying performance visibly moved Brown to tears. Brown recalled his childhood, "I remember when I was nine, I thought about what I wanted to be in life. I knew I didn't want to end up dead in the streets of Boston. He's [God] still working and there's so much more I'm going to do to see joy on your faces."
Performances by Donnie McClurkin, Kierra Sheard, Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Page-Lockhart honored gospel heavyweight duo BeBe and CeCe Winans, receiving a standing ovation. Rappers Doug E. Fresh, YoYo, Monie Love and DJ Mell Star sparked hip hop nostalgia with renditions of classic songs to honor Brooklyn-based duo Whodini.
Vocalists Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman and Syleena Johnson
paid homage to Faith Evans. The singer stated "I'm not used to being honored. I give thanks to God, who's the only reason that I'm still standing." Other performers included Next, Jade Novah, Rhyon Brown,Sammie, Ruben
Winbush and Paris Bennett. Temptations
front man Dennis
Edwards was honored with a set by Raheem DeVaughn
and Koryn Hawthorne.
The 2018 Black Music
Honors was made possible by title sponsor, State
Farm as well as AT&T and presenting sponsors McDonald's, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and Chevrolet. Ticket proceeds benefitted the National
Museum of African American Music.
The 3rd Annual Black Music
Honors show is Executive Produced by Central City Productions Founder, Chairman and CEO, Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Producer and Michael A. Johnson as Producer and Director. For more information on CCP, check out www.ccptv.com.