CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS BLACK MUSIC HONORS
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, GUY, SLICK RICK, OLETA ADAMS AND JODY WATLEY TO BE HONORED
THE LEGENDARY JACKSONS WILL RECEIVE THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Special Performance Slated
RICKEY SMILEY AND LETOYA LUCKETT SET TO HOST TELEVISION SPECIAL
Benefiting the National Museum of African American Music
Nashville, TN - August 1, 2017 - Central City Productions (CCP) will honor six celebrated honorees that have shaped the landscape of American music, during the Black Music Honors, a live taping television special that will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, TN.
During the taping of the two-hour event, CCP will honor legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Rickey Smiley, television personality and star of The Rickey Smiley Show, and Grammy Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will co-host the show set to air on broadcast syndication, Sept. 2-30, 2017 (check your local listings) and on Bounce TV, on Tuesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. (ET)
The legendary group, The Jacksons, will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award during the star-studded television taping, which will honor the group’s decades-long contributions to the music industry.
Still considered one of the hottest and most popular groups in the music industry, 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.
Additional honorees at this year’s event include Stellar Awards and Grammy® Award-winner Donnie McClurkin, who will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award; the R&B group Guy, 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.
“I am pleased and thrilled to honor some of today’s most influential and iconic musicartists,” 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 and more.
Paying homage to music's rich African American cultural history in America, CCP commemorates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and soul of music, and the importance ofAfrican American music to our history around the world.
Black Music Honors is produced by Central City Productions. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the National Museum of African American Music, scheduled to open in Nashville, TN, in 2019.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center(TPAC) is located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center, 505 Deaderick St., in Nashville. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show taping at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 to $87.50 and can be purchased at https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/black-music-honors-2017-tpac.