Black Music Honors 2017 Rocked Music City USA

The weekend which the Black Music Honors & Awards took place can be scaled down to one word – the word “WOW” is what initially comes to mind. The classy lady known as both Nashville and Music City USA. A live taping television special took place on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, TN.

(l-r) Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett

Central City Productions will pay tribute to various high profiles, award-winning entertainers. They included: The Jacksons, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley during the Black Music Honors.

The two-hour event acknowledged the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Rickey Smiley, television/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 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

The legendary groups, The Jacksons graciously received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Music Award during the star-studded television taping. The Jacksons are still considered one of the hottest and most popular groups worldwide. The much-celebrated Jacksons made a remarkable performance debut at the event. Playing to a packed venue, the noted Jacksons performed some of their greatest hits, commanding an attentive audience to stand on their feet and cheer.

(l-r) Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin of Kid ‘n Play

Stellar Awards and Grammy® Award-winner Donnie McClurkin, received the Gospel Music Icon Award; the R&B group Guy (creators of the New Jack Swing sound) was given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Grammy® nominated rapper Slick Rick was presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award. Timeless beauty, Grammy® nominated-singer Oleta Adams proudly received the Legends Award. Another Grammy® Award-winner, Jody Watley was recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award.

“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 list continued to light up the night with other noted music and entertainment icons and special performances. There were 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.

The Black Music Honors is produced by Central City Productions. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the National Museum of African American Music, scheduled to open in Nashville, TN, in 2019.

The event took place in Nashville, TN at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) located at 505 Deaderick St., in Nashville. The doors opened at 6:00 p.m. and the shows taping kicked off at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) However, due to CCP working with various networks and industry partners, it will be seen worldwide. Check your local and other listings and stay connected with social media and the websites for this and future productions.Also be sure to like

About Central City Productions (CCP)

Chicago’s premier TV Production Company. With 46 years of successful and innovative television production and marketing experience, Central City Productions (CCP) is a leader in minority- targeted television. CCP is a full-service television production company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all its programs. CCP programs reflect the widespread diversity of talent, the one-time specials and the annual and/or weekly programs that have achieved tremendous mass audience appeal, including its flagship production of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

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