In Pictures: NMAAM Celebrates Black Music Honors In Nashville

Dionne Warwick is honored at the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Dionne Warwick is honored at the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Six individuals and an esteemed record label were celebrated during the inaugural Celebrate the Soul: Black Music Honors, which feted Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Big Daddy Kane, Dionne Warwick, Clarence Avant, and Stax Records.

Held on Aug. 18 at TPAC’s Jackson hall, the evening was filled musical tributes from Eddie Levert, Tina Campbell, Ann Nesby, Deborah Cox, Andra Day, Chubb Rock, Cherelle, Gerald Alston, Stokley Williams, and more. Presenters included Kirk Franklin, “Big Jim” Wright, Monie Love, Kathy Sledge, Ethiopia Habtemariam and H. Beecher Hicks III (president and CEO of NMAAM), along with several others.

 Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are honored at the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are honored at the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

The television taping was co-hosted by Malcom-Jamal Warner and R&B singer Ledisi. Black Music Honors will air in Nashville on WTVF-NewsChannel 5 on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. CT. The show will premiere nationally on the Bounce TV Network on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET and will re-air on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. ET. The show will run in syndication on Bounce and Aspire between Sept. 23–Oct. 9.

The National Museum of African American Music is slated to open in Nashville in 2018.

Lori Stewart, daughter of Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records, and Al Bell, co-owner of Stax Records are honored during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Lori Stewart, daughter of Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records, and Al Bell, co-owner of Stax Records are honored during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 18: Andra Day performs at the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors on August 18, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music )

Andra Day performs during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Pastor Shirley Caesar is honored during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Pastor Shirley Caesar is honored during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Tina Campbell performs during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Tina Campbell performs during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Deborah Cox performs during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

Deborah Cox performs during the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

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