Published on September 7th, 2019 | by The Rap Hippies


Recap: The Black Music Honors

Such an amazing turnout for the 4th annual Black Music Honors. This award show was formed in 2015 to acknowledge legendary artists  who have made many significant contributions to Black music as a whole. This year’s honors were given to some amazing pioneers in the game: Freddie Jackson, Xscape, Yolanda Adams, Arrested Development & Tamia. Many notable artists like Kelly Price, June’s Diary, and more showed their gratitude to the legendary honorees with show-stopping tributes. With hosts Rickey Smiley and Letoya Luckett giving the audience some carefree, fun energy for a fantastic night in music.

The red carpet was filled with media and press awaiting their favorite stars’ entrance. We were all eager to see their threads for the night, but more importantly, get the scoop on any new projects. It also gave us an opportunity to gain some understanding into what it takes to be honored at Black award shows like Black Music Honors. 

Witnessing so many great legends at one event was overwhelming.  We grew up listening to Naughty by Nature and Tamia but seeing them in person was an experience in itself. Seeing the rise of these artists is not only impressive but super beneficial in the cultivation of African American artistry and how we view it.  Of course the nerves were all over the place, but having this opportunity was well worth it. 

We had the pleasure of interviewing honorees and other artists about how music was evolving and the impact of Black award shows in our community. With this platform, we were able to understand what it took be a legend in the game and the effects of that status. We were also able to get some insight on their goals, their ideas on music in this generation and how important being apart of this honor is. The main tip was to “know yourself and know your craft.” That one piece of wisdom alone is the true key that can spark up and coming artists’ success and help them maneuver through the industry.  

For us, honors like this are extremely important. It is a great catalyst for music and any artist trying to break out in the industry. Black Music Honors highlights just that, black artists. They inspire so many small forces; and hearing what it takes to get to their level is huge for representation and inspiration in our communities.

Being in the same vicinity with legends we grew up riding to and admiring was a life-changing experience. Their credible insight is really what can help shape the way music is enjoyed and respected for future generations. So grateful to have gained industry knowledge and tools to succeed in music. Definitely excited to see what’s in store for years to come. The Black Music Honors airs in syndication September 14th.


About the Author

The Rap Hippies consists of a group of like minded curators that cherish, respect, and appreciate Rap & Hip-Hop in its true form. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia we are the crate diggers who love lyrics and a dope beat, along with discussing music through this generation. We are the counter culture of Hip-Hop building a community  for others that value the culture just as much as we do. 

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