Black Music Honors is all about giving Black artists their well-deserved and sometimes long-overdue flowers. Now in its eighth year of honoring Black music’s legends across genres and eras, producers Central City Productions have announced that the 8th Annual Black Music Honors will return to Atlanta this May and be televised this June during Black Music Month. With the event set, this year’s slate of honorees includes artists all over the soundtracks of our lives.
Iconic rapper-singer-producer Missy Elliott, ’90s R&B superstars SWV, soulful disco and R&B diva Evelyn “Champagne” King, R&B/soulman Jeffrey Osborne and gospel greats The Hawkins Family are all in line to receive this prestigious accolade. The lineup of artists who’ve been enlisted to pay tribute to these luminaries is just as spectacular.
Kenny Lattimore, Robin Thicke, Dave Hollister, Raheem DeVaughn, Tweet, 702, Lil’ Mo, Latocha Scott, Elle Varner, Sevyn Streeter, The Shindellas, Donnie McClurkin and Zacardi Cortez are just a few of the artists who’ve been tapped to perform live. Meanwhile, songstress-turned-actress LeToya Luckett and comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis have been invited back this year as co-hosts.
“Black music is the heartbeat of our culture, and the honorees for this year’s Black Music Honors represent the soul of American music,” Black Music Honors founder and executive producer Don Jackson proudly said in a press release. “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,” Jackson went on to state about the award show’s commitment to Black musical excellence and artistry of the past, the present and the future.
The 8th Annual Black Music Honors will be recorded live at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Friday, May 19th. Tickets to attend the taping are now available and on sale to the public on Ticketmaster. (By the way, seats are very affordable.)- Advertisement -
For all those unable to attend in person, 2023’s edition of Black Music Honors will premiere on the Stellar Network on Saturday, June 3rd to kick off the network’s launch. The program will then go into national broadcast syndication from Saturday, June 10th through Sunday, July 2nd. This year’s Black Music Honors will also be aired on Bounce TV on Monday, June 19th.