Black Music Honors to Celebrate SWV, Missy Elliott, Jeffrey Osborne, and More

SWV handout photo for Black Music Honors 2023.

The 2023 Black Music Honors will celebrate a group of artists who’ve made a significant impact to African-American music.

This year’s honorees are award-winning musical group SWV; hip-hop superstar Missy Elliott; disco superstar Evelyn “Champagne” King; R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne; and gospel trailblazers The Hawkins Family.

Produced by Central City Productions, the 8th annual event will take place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Friday, May 19.

“Black music is the heartbeat of our culture, and the honorees for this years’ Black Music Honors represent the soul of American music,” executive producer Don Jackson said in a press release. “We pay homage to the musical innovators who have paved the way for future generations. Our tribute performances not only celebrate the honorees of yesterday, but also showcase the influence and impact of their iconic sounds and styles on today’s artists.”

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Singer and actress LeToya Luckett and comedian DeRay Davis are set to return to co-host this year’s event. Performers and presenters will be announced later.

Producers of the awards include Jennifer J. Jackson and Michael A. Johnson, who also directs.

The 2023 Black Music Honors will premiere on the Stellar Network on June 3, and air in national broadcast syndication Saturday, June 10 to Sunday, July 2 in tribute to Black Music Month. The show will also air on Bounce TV on June 19.

Tickets for the live-taping can be purchased here.