CHICAGO – The fourth annual Black Music Honors, hosted this year by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy Award winner and actress LeToya Luckett-Walker, is currently airing in national broadcast syndication.
“The vision behind the Black Music Honors is to recognize the trailblazers in African American music who have paved the way for the artists of today. Many of these artists have never received their much-deserved recognition,” stated chairman Don Jackson, the show’s founder, executive producer.
The star-studded show was taped live at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. Honorees were:
- Platinum-selling quartet Xscape received the Urban Music Icon Award for 25 years in the industry.
- Chart-topping crooner Freddie Jackson, whose career has spanned over 33 years, received the Legend Award.
- Gospel artist Yolanda Adams received the Gospel Music Icon Award.
- Culturally conscious eclectic group Arrested Development received the Hip Hop Icon Award.
- Soulful songstress Tamia received the Soul Music Icon Award.
Leon Timbo and Major performed a special tribute in honor of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Withers.
Other tributes were performed by Avery Wilson, Dee-1, Jade Novah, Jagged Edge, Jekalyn Carr, Naughty by Nature, June’s Diary, Keke Wyatt, Kelly Price, Le’Andria Johnson, Melanie Fiona and 702. Several performances were met with standing ovations.
The night culminated with Jackson expressing gratitude to the honorees, presenters and performers for making the night unforgettable.
“The Black Music Honors gives us an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the trailblazers of African American music,” said Jackson. Jennifer J. Jackson also served as producer and Michael A. Johnson as producer and director.
The show was produced by Chicago-based production company Central City Productions Inc., founded in 1970 by Jackson. CCP is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks. CCP’s award-winning television programs include The Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Stellar Tribute to the Holidays, Stellar Sunday, The Black College Quiz Show Series and Mentoring Kings, among others.
The show can be viewed Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on The CW33, KDAF – channel 33.