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.
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.
Donnie McClurkin, Kierra Sheard, Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Page-Lockhart honored BeBe and CeCe Winans.
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.”
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.
Vocalists Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman and Syleena Johnson paid homage to Faith Evans who was joined by new husband, Stevie J.
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.”
Jade Novah, Rhyon Brown and Sammie honored Dallas Austin.
“American Idol” season two winner Ruben Studdard led a heartfelt tribute to his idol, the late-great Luther Vandross.
Temptations front man Dennis Edwards was honored with a set by Raheem DeVaughn and Koryn Hawthorne.
Ticket proceeds from the taping benefitted the National Museum of African American Music.