The 2022 Urban One Honors will honor singer / actress Jennifer Hudson, writer / producer Timbaland and gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard as well as two legendary songwriters / production teams, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
The two-hour show, captioned “The Soundtrack of Black America,” will air Jan. 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central). Ne-Yo is configured to host.
Emmy, Grammy and Oscar winner Hudson – who could receive another Oscar (or maybe even two) next month for Respect – will be honored as an entertainment icon. Jam and Lewis will be honored for their lifetime; Gamble & Huff as Living Legends; Timbaland for musical innovation; Cobbs Leonard for the impact of inspiration. All of these winners are Grammy winners. Additionally, Gamble & Huff received a Recording Academy Board Award in 1999.
In addition to receiving an award, Cobbs Leonard will perform on the show, as will Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Kelly Price, Tank and D-Nice. The presenters are Tyrese, Jermaine Dupri, Marlon Wayans and Vashawn Mitchell.
The Urban One Honors, now in its fourth year, recognizes the achievements of African Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to entertainment, media, music, education and community.
TV and radio personality Eva Marcille will host a special behind-the-scenes segment, featuring interviews with the winners, artists and presenters of the show.
Tony McCuin is Director of the Urban One Honors 2022 with Kim Burse on board as Music Director. The show is produced by Eric Tomosunas and Robert A. Boyd II of Swirl Films. Marilyn Gill is the executive producer of the series. Kashon Powell is vice president of programming for Radio One and Susan Henry is executive producer in charge of production for TV One.