Legendary gospel artists BeBe and CeCe Winans have been revealed as co-honorees for the Gospel Music Icon Award at the upcoming 2018 Black Music Honors, the annual two-hour television special that honors artist and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. The television special is produced by Chicago-based production company Central City Productions and is set to take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Nashville, Tenn.
Aside from the Winans siblings, this year's honorees for the 2018 Black Music Honors include Bobby Brown, who will receive the R&B Soul Music Icon Award for his 40 years in entertainment and 32 years as a solo artist, and chart-topping music producer and label executive Dallas Austin, who will be presented with the Music Innovator Icon Award, and multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, and producer, Faith Evans, who is set to receive the Urban Music Award.
"The vision of the Black Music Honors is to recognize the trailblazers in African American music, who have paved the way for the artists of today," says Don Jackson, Founder and CEO of Central City Productions. "Many of these artists have never received their much-deserved recognition."
Set to air on broadcast syndication on Sept. 8-30 this year, the show will again be hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett. Sponsoring the 2018 Black Music Honors are, among others, AT&T, McDonald's, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, and Chevrolet, with State Farm as the title sponsor.
Ticket proceeds will benefit the 2019 opening of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville. NMAAM's mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
"I am pleased that our Black Music Honors special has the opportunity to promote the National Museum of African American Music and that proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the museum," Jackson says.