*The 2018 Black Music Honors managed to pull together a musical tribute to Aretha Franklin during its taping at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 16, just hours after the Queen of Soul’s passing.
Syleena Johnson, Angela Winbush and Paris Bennett participated in the special segment honoring Franklin’s legacy. The show is scheduled to air Sept. 28 on Bounce TV (Click here to see if your cable company carries it), and in syndication from Sept. 8-30 (Click here to see syndication air dates).
Hosted by comedian Rickey Smiley and singer/actress LeToya Luckett, the annual two-hour television special honors artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. This year’s honorees were Bobby Brown, Faith Evans, Bebe & Cece Winans, Whodini, Stephanie Mills and Dallas Austin.
The night included also included performances by Bell Biv Devoe, Next, Jade Novah, Kierra Sheard, Tasha Page-Lockhart, V. Bozeman, Demetria McKinney, DJ Mell Starr, Donnie McClurkin, Sammie, Yo-Yo, Koryn Hawthorne, Rhyon Brown, Raheem DeVaughn, Regina Belle, Jonathan McReynolds, Monie Love, Ruben Studdard and Doug E. Fresh. Additional VIP’s in attendance included Shiggy, Kyla Jade, Stevie J and more.
Proceeds from the 2018 Black Music Honors will benefit the 2019 opening of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville.