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NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14: Fred Hammond performs during the 27th Annual Stellar Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House on January 14, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Stellar Awards)

The 2020 Black Music Honors, hosted by Rickey Smiley, is set to be broadcast in syndication from Nov. 21 to Dec. 13, 2020.

The awards show, presented by Central City Productions, honors artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music.

The honorees for this year’s Black Music Honors include Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron of En Vogue, “recognized as one of the top 5 highest selling American female music groups in history, who will receive the Urban Music Icon Award for their three decades in the industry,” according to a statement.

Fred Hammond, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award. The National Museum of African American Music will also be honored with the Legacy Award.

“I am extremely excited about our 5th Annual 2020 Black Music Honors television special and our legendary awardees. 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,” founder and executive producer Don Jackson said in a statement.

Performers of the evening include Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn, Tweet, MAJOR., June’s Diary, Brian Courtney Wilson, D Smoke, Evvie McKinney, Marvin Sapp, RL, and Sheléa.

The show will debut on Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. EST on Bounce TV.

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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at [email protected]!