Music artists we have known for decades along with many who have worked behind the scenes will be honored Sunday at 10 p.m. ET during the Salute Them Awards.

Legendary singers and composers Sly Stone and Earth Wind & Fire, gospel ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones, hip-hop artist and philanthropist Ludacris, jazz pianist, composer and band leader Patrice Rushen, renowned songstress Darlene Love, director Billie Woodruff, choreographer Jamal Josef and celebrity stylist June Ambrose will be honored.

The broadcast is presented by BNC and “Café Mocha” the number one syndicated radio program for women of color. The awards will feature musical tributes and will be co-hosted by hosts of “Café Mocha” Yo-Yo, Loni Love and “Ain’t Too Proud” Broadway star Saint Aubyn. “Salute THEM” airs from the new National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville and is presented in observance of “Black Music Month” in June.

The Salute THEM Awards is characterized as the “soundtrack of our lives.”  It marks the second in the “Saluting Our Culture,” awards series recognizing the significant impact of those who have been an inspiration for change through their artistry. The “Salute Her Awards” held in 2019 honored Washington Informer publisher Denise Rolark Barnes for her outstanding achievements.

“Café Mocha is ecstatic to pay homage to this year’s honorees,” according to Café Mocha creator and executive producer Sheila Eldridge. “These legendary treasures collectively exemplify a body of creative forces given to the architects of the contemporary music industry today.”

This year’s tribute performers during the Salute THEM Awards include 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards new male artist of the year Jimmie Allen, multi-Stellar Award nominee and Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner Maranda Curtis; and Grammy-nominated songwriting and production duo Louis York.

This is a first for the Salute THEM Awards, airing on the newly relaunched BNC, which is available in more than 52 million households with linear agreements in place thanks to major providers including Xfinity (Ch 1116), DIRECTV (Ch 342), Spectrum, DISH (Ch 361), and available on over 200 million internet-connected devices via partnerships with Amazon Fire TV, Pluto, Roku, Tubi, Vizio, Samsung and more.

“BNC is excited to partner with Café Mocha to present the Salute THEM Awards and pay tribute to a fantastic collection of honorees,” said Princell Hair, CEO of BNC. “This event marks the first of many partnerships and presentations that will allow BNC to honor and showcase Black excellence and the myriad of contributions that people of color have made to American culture.”

Additional presenting sponsors for the Salute THEM Awards are Toyota North America and AARP. The awards will broadcast on BNC and via across all Café Mocha network’s social media platforms @cafemocharadio.

The Salute THEM Awards benefits the Mocha Cares Foundation to support housing and services to combat homelessness and domestic violence through mentorship programs. Learn more about Salute THEM Awards on YouTube

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Brenda Siler is an award-winning journalist and public relations strategist. Her communications career began in college as an advertising copywriter, a news reporter, public affairs producer/host and a...

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