Some of the biggest names in film, television and music gathered for the annual Urban One Honors awards show at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on December 5. Hosted by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes and actor Chris Tucker, the prestigious event celebrated the 40-year legacy of Radio One and will premiere on Jan. 20, 2020, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Among this year’s honorees were veteran music executive Sylvia Rhone (Lifetime Achievement Honor); Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer Missy Elliott (Music Innovation Honor); Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Entertainment Icon Honor); Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper (Represent Change Honor); and, actor/dancer and star of Pose Ryan Jamaal Swain (Represent Pride Honor). Special recognition went to music executive legend Clarence “The Black Godfather” Avant (Represent Opportunity); civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton (Represent Leadership); and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter (Represent Excellence).
Highlights from the evening included:
- A surprise performance by Grammy Award-winning icon Anita Baker, who not only serenaded Cathy Hughes with “Giving You the Best That I Got” but also had but also had Lalah Hathaway, Billy Porter and Jamie Foxx to join her onstage.
- Actress Corinne Foxx presenting the Entertainment Icon Honor to her father Jamie Foxx, who, during his acceptance speech, remarked that his best role ever is being a father.
- Rapper Lil’ Kim’s heartfelt presentation of the Music Innovation Honor, which brought honoree Missy Elliott to tears.
- A special musical tribute to the late two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter James Ingram by Ne-Yo, Eric Benét, Chanté Moore and Al B. Sure!
Don’t miss the exciting Urban One Honors show, airing on TV One on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, 2020, at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.