“It’s an honor to be hosting Urban One Honors for 2022. This was my very first opportunity to host an award show, and to be asked to host something that honors our people was a total shock. I fell in love with the title, The Soundtrack of Black America, and It’s a blessing to be able to honor people that I grew up listening to and admiring throughout my childhood and career. It’s also an honor because I have had the honor of working with some of the honorees as a songwriter or producer, so it feels good to pay homage because they are very deserving.”

Urban One Honors- The Soundtrack to Black America will be airing nationwide on January 17,2022, which is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Hosted by Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Neyo, UOH will once again be held virtually due to the current variants of covid. The celebration will honor musical icons such as Minneapolis’s own super-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Producer Timberland, Gamble and Huff and Gospel superstar Tasha Cobb-Leonard. Fans and viewers will enjoy performances from HER, Tyrese, Vashawn Mitchell, Tank and Kelly Price. This will be the third annual award show for the TvOne brand launched in 2004 by its creator and founder, Cathy Hughes. On what to look forward to on the show, Neyo says,

“Of course, the feeling of the award show will be a little different because it’s virtual versus being in person. As an artist, I miss in-person award shows because we get a chance to enjoy live performances and get dressed up with our peers. But, with the new variants, it’s important to be cautious to everyone’s safety and health. People will get to see a side of me that they haven’t seen before. For instance, I’m a jokester, and a lot of the times, while filming, I would find myself cracking a joke or two, and I’m the only one laughing (laughs) since there is no one in the audience. Urban One didn’t let the fact that we are virtual [halt] a fire production with so many awesome surprises and so many great performances from artists like HER, who is dominating the R&B scene right now and smooth voices like Tank and Tyrese. Each of these artists are revitalizing the genre of R&B. The whole show will be a vibe and have lots of personality like me (laughs).”

Urban One Honors will air at 8pm EST on TvOne.