The 2018 Black Music Honors recognized the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin; during the award show taping on Thursday, August 16. Hosted by 2017 Marconi Award Winner Rickey Smiley; and also singer/actress LeToya Luckett; the annual two-hour television special honors artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. This year’s honorees were: Bobby Brown, Faith Evans, Bebe & Cece Winans, Whodini, Stephanie Mills and Dallas Austin.
2018 Black Music Honors Celebrates Aretha Franklin Music and Legacy
The night included performances by: Bell Biv Devoe, Next, Jade Novah, Kierra Sheard; Tasha Page-Lockhart, V. Bozeman, Demetria McKinney; DJ Mell Starr, Sammie, Donnie McClurkin, Sammie; Yo-Yo, Koryn Hawthorne, Rhyon Brown, Raheem DeVaughn; Regina Belle, Paris Bennett, Syleena Johnson, Angela Winbush; Jonathan McReynolds, Monie Love; Ruben Studdard and Doug E. Fresh. Additional VIP’s in attendance included Shiggy, Kyla Jade, Stevie J and more.
Proceeds from the 2018 Black Music Honors will benefit the 2019 opening of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville. NMAAM’s mission is three-fold. To educate the world, preserve the legacy; and also celebrate the central role that African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
Nevertheless, many wonderful brands helped to make this year’s event a complete and total success. Event sponsors include AT&T, McDonald’s, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and Chevrolet. With State Farm also being a title sponsor.
Furthermore, the annual two-hour television special taping will broadcast in national syndication from Sept. 8-30, 2018. Additionally, it will air on Bounce TV on Sept. 28, 2018.
Moreover, for more information on Black Music Honors visit www.blackmusichonors.com. Connect with Black Music Honors on social media @blackmusichonors, #BMH2018 and #BlackMusicMatters.
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