The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is once again partnering with Central City Productions (CCP) to honor acclaimed honorees who have helped to shape the landscape of American music. Giving tribute to music’s rich cultural history in America, CCP and NMAAM join forces to celebrate the lasting legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art of music, and the prominence of music history.
The two-hour television special is entitled Celebrate the Soul: Black Music Honors. The live television taping on Friday, August 18 will honor legendary African American artists and organizations that have influenced and made significant contributions to American culture.
The legendary group, The Jacksons, are set to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award during the star-studded television taping. Still considered one of the hottest and most popular groups worldwide, the celebrated Jacksons will make their performance debut at the Black Music Honors when they take the stage to sing some of their greatest hits.
Stellar Awards and Grammy® Award-winner Donnie McClurkin, will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award; the R&B group Guy (featuring Aaron Hall, Teddy Riley and Damion Hall), creators of the New Jack Swing sound, will be given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Grammy® nominated rapper Slick Rick will be presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award, Grammy® nominated-singer Oleta Adams is receiving the Legends Award and Grammy® Award-winner Jody Watley will be recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award.
Rickey Smiley, television and radio personality and Grammy Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will co-host the show set to air on broadcast syndication, Sept. 2-30, 2017 and on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. (ET).
“I am pleased and thrilled to honor some of today’s most influential and iconic music artists”, said Don Jackson, founder of Central City Productions and executive producer of Black Music Honors. “The caliber of this year’s honorees speaks to the incredible impact, breadth and depth of the music these artists have given to the world. I am truly excited about this year’s show. From a legendary group like The Jacksons, to Jody Watley, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Oleta Adams and Guy, we are paying tribute to extraordinary artists from various genres of the music industry”.
The Black Music Honors will also include special performances by Avery Sunshine, Dave Hollister, Jonathan Butler, Karen Clark Sheard, Kid N Play, Latrice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, SWV, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and more.
Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) is considered by many to be Chicago’s premier TV Production Company. With 43 years of successful and innovative television production and marketing experience, CCP, a leader in minority- targeted television, is a full service television production company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all of its programs.
Celebrate the Soul: Black Music Honors is a 2-hour syndicated television musical honors special produced by Central City Productions, Inc. under the leadership of Don Jackson. Other CCP productions include “Stellar Gospel Music Awards”, “Black College Quiz”, “Stellar Tribute to the Holidays”, and more. Celebrate the Soul: Black Music Honors was created to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of those African Americans that have played a major role in shaping the Black music industry. Industry greats that were honored at the inaugural taping at TPAC last August included Dionne Warwick, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Staxx Records, Clarence Avant, and Big Daddy Kane.
This year’s 2-hour special will air in national broadcast syndication during the entire month of September 2017. Ticket proceeds from this event will be donated to The National Museum of African American Music which was founded to recognize the many contributions African-American artists have made in shaping the soundtrack of American music. As the only museum dedicated to all dimensions of African American music, NMAAM will showcase over 50 music genres created or impacted by African Americans, honor the legacy and legends of this diverse music and detail the impact music has on musicians and consumers around the world. For more information, You can visit their website at http://nmaam.org.
Come dressed to impress, with doors opening at 6pm and show taping beginning promptly at 7pm in TPAC’s Jackson Hall, located at 505 Deaderick St., in Nashville. Tickets are also available now, ranging in price from $17.50 to $87.50, and can be purchased at www.tpac.org. Use this direct link: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/black-music-honors-2017-tpac