ATLANTA — R&B singer Ne-Yo has been writing, producing, singing and dancing his way into music history. For that, the Arkansas-born, Atlanta-based musician will be one of the honorees of the 24th annual Trumpet Awards Foundation. Bolster by the title sponsor American Family Insurance, the 2016 Annual Trumpet Awards celebrates and honors history-making entertainment, humanitarian, political and philanthropic individuals.
The Best Man actress Nia Long and “Survivor’s Remorse” actor Mike Epps, co-stars of the upcoming ABC sitcom Uncle Buck, will host the black-tie ceremony, to be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards will air on Bounce TV and nationally in over 75 markets.
Among the honorees, Ne-Yo will be presented with “The Visionary Award;” television and film producer Will Packer, who will be honored with the “Entertainment Award;” legendary comedian and actor George Wallace will receive the “Legend Award” and Alicia Boler-Davis, EVP and COO of General Motors will be honored with the “Corporate Executive of the Year Award.”
In a very special tribute, the African American Women in the United States Congress will be presented with the distinguished “Political Leadership Award” in recognition of their unparalleled leadership and steadfast work in representing their constituents and promoting diversity.
Dr. Curtis Ivery, Chancellor of Wayne Community College will receive the “Education Award;” Alexis M. Herman, Former Secretary of Labor and Chair & CEO of New Ventures will be presented with “The Phoenix Award;” and HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud, International Humanitarian, will be honored with the “Global Humanitarian Award.”
The Trumpet Awards was conceived, founded, and nurtured by Ms. Xernona Clayton, who has built the Awards and Awards Foundation into a renowned testimonial around the world. “We have come so far since we started this project in 1993 and I am extremely appreciative to those individuals who saw the vision and who have worked with us for over twenty years. We are most jubilant to bring this event to the world and to celebrate the achievements of those who had an impact on our community,” says Ms. Clayton.
“We’re proud to partner with the Trumpet Awards Foundation and Ms. Xernona Clayton to continue their legacy of honoring fearless dreamers from all walks of life. We believe the spirit of these honorees will continue to inspire a younger generation to give birth to their dreams,” says Telisa Yancy, American Family Insurance VP of Marketing.
The 2015 Trumpet Awards was a major success. Hosted by Laila Ali and Dolvett Quince, honorees included Jamie Foxx, Tommy Hilfiger, Janelle Monae, The Isley Brothers and Lou Brock. For more information about past honorees, presenters, performers, and information about The Trumpet Awards Foundation, visitwww.trumpetfoundation.org.
The support of corporate sponsors is vital to helping make the production of the Trumpet Awards possible; major corporate partners include: American Family Insurance, FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Cadillac, Nordstrom, The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, Turner Construction and MGM. The red carpet will be sponsored by Carnival Cruise Line.