The seventh annual Black Music Honors will celebrate the achievements of some of music’s biggest names in a two-hour ceremony on May 19, live from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.
R&B group Dru Hill will receive the Urban Music Icon Award, after landing five hit albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. “Can We Talk” hitmaker Tevin Campbell will be honored with the R&B Icon Award after placed four albums on the Billboard 200 and 13 tracks on the Hot 100. Sister duo Mary Mary, who released four No. 1 projects on the Top Christian Albums chart, will receive the Gospel Icon Award.
Fan-favorite singer Karyn White, who has placed three albums on the Billboard 200 and released eight Hot 100 hits, will receive the Soul Music Award. “Pretty Girl Rock” singer Keri Hilson, behind two Billboard 200 albums and 10 Hot 100 hits, will receive the Music and Songwriter Icon Award. And for their discography and decades-long influence, iconic R&B group The Whispers will receive the Legends Award. The legendary singers have released 16 Billboard 200 albums and 12 Hot 100 hit songs.
Singer and actress LeToya Luckett will co-host the event alongside actor/comedian DeRay Davis.
“We’re beyond excited to return to recording in person for the first time in nearly three years with a live audience,” Black Music Honors founder and executive producer Don Jackson said in a statement. “The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the music industry and we are honored to celebrate, commemorate and honor the pioneers in music who have paved the way for the next generation of music and culture.”
Tickets to attend the live taping on May 19 are available for purchase through Ticketmaster. The special will air via national broadcast syndication from June 4 through July 3. It will also air on Bounce TV on June 25 during Black Music Month.