Freddie Jackson has earned his place as an R&B legend at the Black Music Honors.
Jackson, known for hits such as Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" (1985), "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" (1986), "Jam Tonight" (1986), "Tasty Love" (1986), "You Are My Lady" (1985), and “Nice & Slow”(1988) was conferred the State Farm Legend Award at the honors event.
"I'm honored, happy, and still floating,” said Jackson. “To be honored by Black Music Honors speaks volumes and I'm so grateful to be here to receive this. Often roses are given when you're gone; I’m so blessed to receive this adulation while I can enjoy it!"
Other honorees included Yolanda Adams who received the Gospel Music Icon Award; culturally conscience eclectic group Arrested Development, who received the Hip Hop Icon Award; songstress, Tamia, who received the Soul Music Icon Award, and platinum-selling group Xscape, who received the Urban Music Icon Award presented by AT&T.
The evening featured several memorable tributes including Leon Timbo and Major who performed a special tribute in honor of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bill Withers. Avery Wilson, Tevin Campbell, and Tony Redd received a standing ovation for their performance honoring Freddie Jackson. Additional tributes were performed by Dee-1, Jade Novah, Jagged Edge, Jekalyn Carr, Naughty By Nature, June's Diary, Keke Wyatt, Kelly Price, Le'Andria Johnson, Melanie Fiona, Travis Greene, Mali Music, 702 and more.
The fourth annual Black Music Honors show is executive produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as producer and Michael A. Johnson as producer and director.
The star-studded show was hosted by television and radio personality, Rickey Smiley and Grammy Award-winner LeToya Luckett-Walker.
The night culminated with Don Jackson expressing gratitude to the honorees, presenters, and performers for making the night unforgettable.
“The Black Music Honors allows us to celebrate the accomplishments of the trailblazers of African-American music,” said Don Jackson, who is the show’s founder and chairman.
The award show, airing in select markets on Bounce TV, is slated to air in full on Oct. 20. Click Blackmusichonors.com/Airtimes.html to check local air dates and broadcast times.