The 2018 Black Music Honors took place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville on Sept. 7. Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett co-hosted the star-studded event, which paid tribute to Aretha Franklin’s legacy and other esteemed music icons including Bobby Brown.

According to a press release obtained by, “Black Music Honors celebrates artists who have helped shape black music and culture by inspiring new and emerging entertainers.”

Among the night’s honorees were singer, songwriter and actress Stephanie Mills (Legends Award); celebrated singer/actor Bobby Brown (R&B Soul Music Icon Award); acclaimed gospel artists BeBe and CeCe Winans (Gospel Music Icon Award); recording artist Faith Evans (Urban Music Icon Award); renowned rap duo Whodini (Hip Hop Icon Award); and chart-topping music producer and label executive Dallas Austin (Music Innovator Icon Award).

Bounce TV will air the 2018 Black Music Honors on Sept. 28. Airdates for local syndication of the special can be found here.


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