THE 7th ANNUAL BLACK MUSIC HONORS RECOGNIZING MUSIC ICONS MARY MARY, KERI HILSON, TEVIN CAMPBELL, DRU HILL, KARYN WHITE AND THE WHISPERS
Spectacular Performances by Kid N’ Play, Dru Hill, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Crystal Aikin, Avery Wilson, Eric Bellinger, Amber Riley, Carl Thomas,
PJ Morton and more
National Airing on Bounce TV June 25
7:00 PM EST/6:00 PM CST
|(CHICAGO, IL.) – June 22, 2022 – The 7th Annual Black Music Honors’ highly-anticipated celebration of trailblazing music legends with exciting performances and must-watch moments is airing nationally on Bounce TV Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM during Black Music Month. The television special is energetically infused with the comedic and fashionable synergy of electrifying co-hosts Two-Time GRAMMY Winner LeToya Luckett and Comedian DeRay Davis.|
The 2022 Black Music Honors honorees displayed the excellence of Black music culture as they were commemorated by knockout performances that took them on a nostalgic journey down memory lane with anthems that shook the airwaves and raised them to stardom. The long-awaited reunions of Kid N’ Play and Dru Hill manifested on the Black Music Honors Stage. The legendary groups didn’t miss a beat and had the crowd partying like it was the 1990’s. Other music icons honored were Dynamic Gospel Duo Mary Mary who invited fans to worship and turn up at the same time; GRAMMY Winning Singer-Songwriter Keri Hilson for her pop sensibility and swag as a songwriter; and Five-Time GRAMMY Nominee Tevin Campbell who was honored with the R&B Icon Award. For their nearly six-decade career, The Whispers took home the Legends Award and Soulful Singer Jerry Butler was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his secular harmonies as the lead singer of the 1960’s group The Impressions.
Honoree performances kicked off with powerhouse vocalists Tasha Page-Lockhart and Crystal Aikin who delivered a shoe-throwing worthy rendition of Mary Mary’s “Yesterday” followed by an energetic, crowd-rocking performance of “Shackles” from sister starlets Ahjah and Rhea Walls. Songster Eric Roberson serenaded Jerry Butler’s “For Your Precious Love” with a smooth, doo-wap ensemble while music artists Jade Novah, Zonnique and Dondria Nicole turned up the heat with edgy performances of Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock,” “Knock You Down,” and “Turnin Me On.”
“I have to thank the ladies that did the tribute,” says Keri Hilson. “Y’all killed it! I don’t reflect on my past very much. This forced me to look back at my achievements and my career.”
“So many amazing people poured into us that allowed us to pour into the world, allowed us to hang on when it got tough…. and we are still here!” says Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell.
“They say that water is the most powerful force in nature, I think it’s music,” says Tevin Campbell. “I believe that every Black artist should be honored this way because no one else is going to honor us.”
Crooners Eric Bellinger and Avery Wilson lended their smooth, buttery vocals to honor music veteran Tevin Campbell by performing “I’m Ready” and the viral hit “Can We Talk.” Teen Prodigy Keedron Bryant also honored Campbell with his own rendition. Other performers who graced the stage with Twitter-worthy performances include Carl Thomas, Kevin Ross, Amber Riley, Sheléa and more who delivered unforgettable performances.
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|DeRay Davis & !LeToya Luckett!|
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Gospel Icon Award
Music and Songwriter Icon Award
Urban Music Icon Award
R&B Icon Award
Soul Music Award
2022 BLACK MUSIC HONORS TRIBUTE PERFORMANCES
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Kid N’ Play
The Whispers Tribute
Eric Roberson and Carl Thomas
|Mary Mary TributeTasha Page-Lockhart, Ahjah & Rhea Walls and Crystal Aikin|
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|Dru Hill and Silk|
National Televised Broadcast Syndication airing of the2022 Black Music Honors continues through July 3.Check local listings and airdates here
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ABOUT BLACK MUSIC HONORS
Black Music Honors is an annual two-hour event that acknowledges the legendary African-American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African-American culture and American music worldwide. Black Music Honors is produced by Chicago-based production company Central City Productions (CCP). For more information, visit www.blackmusichonors.com and connect on social media @blackmusichonors on Facebook and Instagram or @blackmusichonor on Twitter.
ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. is a national broadcast television producer and syndicator of its exclusively owned African-American programming. Celebrating over 50 years of broadcasting Black excellence with uplifting and entertaining original television content, CCP’s award-winning television programs include the Stellar Gospel Music Awards (www.stellarawards.com), Stellar Tribute to the Holidays, Black College Quiz Show Series (www.blackcollegequiz.com), America’s Black Forum (www.americasblackforum.com), Mentoring Queens
(www.mentoringqueen.com) and Mentoring Kings (www.mentoringking.com), among many others. For more information, visit www.stellartv.com.
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