( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Black Music Excellence Takes Center Stage at the 2023 Black Music Honors Awards
ENSPIRE Contributor: Daniel Garritson
In its 8th celebratory year, Black Music Honors shone a spotlight on revolutionary artists and musicians who have made a significant impact on African-American music. Produced by Central City Productions, the highly anticipated live taping took place at the renowned Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, May 19. The celebration was 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 included 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.
“Black music is the heartbeat of our culture, and the honorees for this year’s 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.”
A night of unbridled brilliance and pure musical bliss occurred at the 2023 Black Music Honors where exceptional performances, heartfelt speeches, and timeless memories were etched in the hearts of viewers. The televised special will premiere on the Stellar Network on June 3 and air in national broadcast syndication from Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, July 2 in tribute to Black Music Month. The show will also air on Bounce TV on June 19. The 8th Annual Black Music Honors show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Producer and Executive in Charge of Production, and Michael A. Johnson as Producer and Director.