En Vogue, Deborah Cox and Fred Hammond will receive the 2020 Black Music Honors in a syndicated program hosted by TV and radio personality Rickey Smiley (no relation to talk show host and author Tavis Smiley).
En Vogue, one of the most successful “girl groups” of the modern era, will receive the urban music icon award. En Vogue amassed six top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1990s, including “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “Free Your Mind” and “Whatta Man,” a collab with Salt-N-Pepa. They received seven Grammy nominations, but have yet to win. The act, now a trio, consists of Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron.
Cox will receive the entertainer icon award. Cox landed two top 10 hits on the Hot 100 — “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” and “We Can’t Be Friends,” a collab with R.L. from Next. Her 2007 album Destination Moon, a tribute album to Dinah Washington, received a Grammy nomination for best engineered album, non-classical.
Hammond will receive the gospel music icon award. He finally won a Grammy on his 13th try (!), with the 2007 album Free to Worship, which was voted best contemporary R&B gospel album. (He has since received two additional nominations.)
The National Museum of African American Music will be honored with the legacy award.
The show will be produced by Chicago-based Central City Productions. Founder and executive producer Don Jackson stated, “I am extremely excited about our fifth annual 2020 Black Music Honors television special. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for us to stay committed to producing The Black Music Honors as a means of celebrating music icons who are often overlooked in receiving their much-deserved recognition.”
The show is set to air on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 12 p.m. ET on Bounce TV, and in national syndication Nov. 21 through Dec. 13.