Tevin Campbell spoke on behalf of many artists during the 2022 Black Music Honors when he said, “I believe every black artist should be honored in this way because no one else will honor us.”
Campbell received the R&B Icon award during the show, which was taped live May 19 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. The two-hour program is set to air June 25 on Bounce TV.
The other winners were Karyn White (soul music award), Mary Mary (gospel icon award), Keri Hilson (music icon and songwriter award), Dru Hill ( of the urban music icon), The Whispers (legends award) and Jerry Butler (lifetime achievement). award).
As if to prove Campbell’s point, of these seven artists, only Mary Mary is a Grammy winner. The duo won two Grammys. Dru Hill was never even nominated. The others listed here were nominated, but did not win.
The show was co-hosted by LeToya Luckett (who won two Grammys as the first member of Destiny’s Child) and comedian DeRay Davis.
Performance highlights included reunions of Kid N’ Play and Dru Hill.
Butler’s price was not part of the initial announcement in April. Butler, 82, did not attend the event in person. Eric Roberson sang “For Your Precious Love”, a song Butler recorded in 1960 with The Impressions. Butler was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as a member of this group. As a solo artist, he had three top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 – “He Will Break Your Heart”, “Let It Be Me” (a collaboration with Betty Everett) and “Only the Strong Survive”.
Eric Bellinger and Avery Wilson sang Campbell’s “I’m Ready” and “Can We Talk,” both of which were top 10 hits on the Hot 100 in 1994. Keedron Bryant, best known for his BLM protest song “I Just Wanna Live,” also participated in the salute. Bryant is 14, the same age Campbell was in 1990 when he landed his first Hot 100 hit as a lead artist, “Round and Round.”
In a lovely touch, sisters Ahjah and Rhea Walls sang “Shackles (Praise You)”, from sister duo Mary Mary’s 2000 debut album, Grateful. Mary Mary’s recording of this song charted top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tasha Page-Lockhart and Crystal Aikin performed Mary Mary’s “Yesterday”.
Jade Novah, Zonnique and Dondria Nicole performed Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock”, “Knock You Down” and “Turn Me On”. Hilson’s “Knock You Down” (featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo) reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 2009.
Other artists include PJ Morton, Dionne Farris, Carl Thomas, Kevin Ross, Amber Riley and Sheléa.
The special is produced by Chicago-based Central City Productions, which is also responsible for the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, among other programs. The company was founded in 1970 by Don Jackson.