Highlights From the 2018 Black Music Honors

Bell Biv DeVoe honored a tearful Bobby Brown, while the late Aretha Franklin received a musical salute from three powerhouse sangers at the 3rd Annual 2018 Black Music Honors. (It’s currently airing in syndication. Check here for all local airdates and broadcast times.)

Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett hosted the ceremony at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville on Aug. 16, just hours after Aretha passed away. in Detroit. Billed as a show that “honors artists who have helped shape black music and culture,” producers quickly put together a tribute to the Queen of Soul featuring Syleena Johnson, Paris Bennett and Angela Winbush. Here’s an exclusive clip.

Bobby Brown, a recipient of the R&B Soul Music Icon Award, was honored by his former New Edition members Bell Biv DeVoe with a performance that moved him to tears.

Watch below:

The show also honored Stephanie Mills (Legends Award), BeBe and CeCe Winans (Gospel Music Icon Award), Faith Evans (Urban Music Icon Award), Whodini (Hip Hop Icon Award), and Dallas Austin (Music Innovator Icon Award).

Peep images from the 2018 Black Music Honors below:

Regina Bell, Angela Winbush and Paris Bennett, gave tribute to Stephanie Mills.

3rd Annual Black Music Honors

3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Stephanie Mills

Donnie McClurkin, Kierra Sheard, Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Page-Lockhart honored BeBe and CeCe Winans.

3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Kierra Sheard and Donnie McClurkin
3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Page-Lockhart

BeBe Winans expressed that the honor helped him to reflect on his career and “celebrate the years, recognizing how God has been so good.” CeCe added, “I want to say thank you to all of you who have ever prayed for us, all of you who ever bought CDs, not just BeBe and Mine, but my whole family.”

3rd Annual Black Music Honors
BeBe and CeCe Winans

Rappers Doug E. Fresh, YoYo, Monie Love and DJ Mell Star sparked hip hop nostalgia with renditions of classic songs to honor Brooklyn-based duo Whodini.

3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Doug E. Fresh
3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Yo-Yo
3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Monie Love

Vocalists Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman and Syleena Johnson paid homage to Faith Evans who was joined by new husband, Stevie J.

3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Demetria McKinney

Overwhelmed with gratitude, Faith stated “I’m not used to being honored. I grew up revering Stephanie, Bobby and Whodini. I give thanks to God, who’s the only reason that I’m still standing.”

3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Faith Evans
3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Faith Evans and Stevie J

Jade Novah, Rhyon Brown and Sammie honored Dallas Austin.

3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Jade Novah

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“American Idol” season two winner Ruben Studdard led a heartfelt tribute to his idol, the late-great Luther Vandross.

3rd Annual Black Music Honors
Ruben Studdard sings

Temptations front man Dennis Edwards was honored with a set by Raheem DeVaughn and Koryn Hawthorne.

3rd Annual Black Music Honors

Ticket proceeds from the taping benefitted the National Museum of African American Music.

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