November 30, 2023

Catch the joy all month lengthy beginning June 3

ABOVE PHOTO: Roxanne Shanté accepts roses for fiftieth Anniversary of Hip Hop Picture Credit_ Prince Williams

CHICAGO, IL.–The eighth Annual Black Music Honors will maintain music lovers glued to their seats for a not-to-be-missed electrifying expertise debuting on the Stellar Community on June 3.

The highly-anticipated showcase of trailblazing music legends delivers breathtaking performances and must-watch moments devoted to celebrating the essence of Black Music Month.

The thrill continues all month lengthy with a nationwide syndication broadcast operating from June 10 to July 2 and a particular airing on Bounce TV on Juneteenth (June 19).

The 2023 Black Music Honors takes viewers to totally different ranges of pleasure by the wealthy tapestry of Black musical excellence from soul-stirring gospel to nostalgic R&B and energetic hip-hop.

Hosts DeRay Davis and LeToya Luckett on stage Picture Credit_ Paras Griffin

Whether or not younger or getting old gracefully, watchers will rediscover music from the airwaves of yesterday as every track takes viewers again to the second they first heard these radio hits.

The raspy, soulful Anthony Hamilton leaves the group wanting extra after singing ballads “Charlene” and “The Level of It All” with an sudden characteristic efficiency by rapper David Banner.

Xscape’s Latosha returns to the stage turning heads and reminding us of her vocal chops for the unbelievable Evelyn “Champagne’’ King tribute that additionally options the radiant Elle Varner and the harmonious voices of The Shindellas giving watchers no selection, however to face up and dance.

Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, Tramaine Hawkins accepts Gospel Music Icon Award for The Hawkins Household Picture Credit_ Paras Griffin

Exhibiting the transformative energy of up to date gospel music, The Hawkins Household tribute takes you to church for an unforgettable efficiency together with Mary Mary’s Tina Campbell, Kelontae Gavin, Pastor Beverly Crawford, Melvin Williams and Zacardi Cortez.

The exhilarating second concluded with an thrilling vocal showdown that left even the performers themselves wanting extra, barely making it off stage.

“I’m amazed to witness the rise of so many gifted younger artists in 2023,” mentioned Tramaine Hawkins. “Their music carries hints of the songwriting legacy from our household, which continues to resonate powerfully even in the present day.”

Robin Thicke performs for Bobby Caldwell particular tribute Picture Credit_ Prince Williams

Different highlights embrace a particular ode to the fiftieth anniversary of hip-hop that can rework residing rooms into an exhilarating occasion that includes rapper Juvenile with anthems that rocked the 90s and early 2000s.

Audiences will sway in a gradual dance to heart-throbbing moments together with Robin Thicke’s rendition of Bobby Caldwell’s timeless traditional “What You Received’t Do For Love” and an intimate live performance expertise by an outstanding male R&B lineup of Dave Hollister, Kenny Lattimore and Raheem DeVaughn transporting viewers by the expansive catalog of honoree Jeffrey Osborne.

“After I was rising up and simply beginning out, I by no means noticed myself as a legend,” Osborne mentioned. “It was my mom who served as my driving drive, instructing me to consider in myself, and my spouse who fearlessly supported me once I ventured past my profitable group in instances of transition and uncertainty.”

DaBrat shock efficiency for Missy Elliott tribute Picture Credit_ Paras Griffin

The thrill degree explodes as knockout performances by Lil’ Mo, Sheléa, Sevyn Streeter, and Tweet dominate the stage, leaving the viewers speechless and unable to completely seize the expertise in phrases.

Including to the astonishment, a shock efficiency by Da Brat leaves even honoree Missy Elliott speechless and in awe.

As an honoree, SWV touched hearts with their emotional speech, shedding tears and sharing their private truths.

 “Thank God after 31 years, we’re nonetheless standing,” member Coko mentioned. We felt missed and unappreciated, so that is additional particular.”

SWV Accepts City Music Icon Award Picture Credit_ Paras Griffin

DeRay Davis, along with his naturally witted and down-to-earth punch strains, and LeToya Luckett, showcasing an array of fierce trend moments, flawlessly steered the exceptional present full of laughter, fashion, and an appreciation for the extraordinary contributions of Black music.

To witness the quite a few unforgettable moments of the present, tune in to the premiere on the Stellar Community on June 3 at 8 p.m. ET. You’ll find the community on Constitution Spectrum and Verizon Fios. Examine together with your native supplier for availability in your space. For particular air dates in your native space between June 10 and July 2, please verify right here. Don’t miss the particular broadcast on Bounce TV as a part of your Juneteenth celebration on June 19 at 7 p.m. ET.

Jeffrey Osborne accepts Legends Award Picture Credit_ Prince Williams

Procter & Gamble presents the eighth Annual Black Music Honors. Verizon presents the Legends Icon award, honoring the incomparable Jeffrey Osborne.

Walmart proudly presents the Gospel Icon Award, recognizing the esteemed Hawkins Household.

My Black is Lovely companions with the occasion to current the City Music Icon award, celebrating the groundbreaking group SWV. AT&T Dream in Black presents the Music Innovator Icon award, honoring Missy Elliott.

Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King accepts R&B Music Icon Award Picture Credit_ Prince Williams

Cadillac proudly presents the R&B Icon Award, recognizing the timeless artistry of Evelyn “Champagne” King.

The eighth Annual Black Music Honors is govt produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as producer and govt in command of manufacturing, and Michael A. Johnson as producer and director.