Black Hollywood’s elite came out in full force for the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards at the Cobb Energy Center located in Atlanta, Ga on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Award show was hosted by Leading Actor in the upcoming film Perfect Match; Terrence J and actress and Star of the Will Packer upcoming Tv series Uncle Buck; Nia Long. The red carpet was packed with power and fashion as honorees and presenters filed in one by one. Everyone from Empire’s leading young star Bryshere “Yazz” Gray to Academy Award Winner Monique were present. We caught up with actress and singer Demetria Mckinney on the red carpet, who was one of the presenters for the evening who said “The Trumpets are such a unique award show that honors our greatest and celebrates our achievements.”
What sets the Trumpet Awards apart from other award shows is that they not only honor those in the entertainment and music industry, but they honor those who are making a difference in the community near and far. Created by Xernona Clayton in 1993, this award show was created to highlight the achievements in the African American community.
The show opened with an energetic tribute to celebrate Hip-Hop’s royalty Salt-N-Pepa, as they celebrated 30 years in the industry. They were joined on the stage with MC Lyte, Monie Love and Yo-Yo. Honoree’s included Hollywood film and TV hit maker Will Packer, who is responsible for box office hits like Think like a Man and Ride Along 1 &2. He was presented by actor Michael Ealy and actress Regina Hall along with the two hosts of the show Nia Long and Terrence J, who all have acted in a Packer Film. R&B Singer Neyo, was also an honoree presented by R&B great Peabo Bryson, who said during his acceptance speech, “I would be remised If I didn’t say that we need black award shows like the Trumpets, we can’t feed into the Stacey Dash’s of the world. Everyone won’t celebrate our success story, so we have too.”
The Philanthropy award went to a Royal guest; Princess HRH Bashman Bint Saud, who traveled from Saudi Arabia to be honored. During her speech she noted that she was; “grateful for the opportunity to travel from her country during President Barack Obama’s presidency.” One major highlight of the evening was when 17 Black Women of Congress took the stage to be honored. The audience was entertained by live performances from Kelly Price, Deitrick Haddon, Raheem DaVaughn and Joe.