Congrats to the R&B group sensation… #NewEdition who was honored at the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta! The prestigious event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions took place over the weekend and Yours Truly was on the scene.
Black-ish actor and writer Deon Cole and NAACP Image Award nominated actress Nicole Ari Parker hosted the black-tie ceremony featuring an all-star Gospel Tribute with Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, Jekalyn Carr, Le’Andria Johnson, Travis Greene and Derek Minor… AND a medley salute to New Edition performed by SILK!
I was tickled pink to be the official photog for NISSAN! Although my job was to capture photos of the red carpet & backstage… I really tried my best to keep you in the know by live streaming (on the side)! Yes, this old lady logged into “social media” world and showed all the happenings right there on the spot. It’s part of my commitment to share LIVE experiences as well as photos. #PhotogLifeLAB
Honorees at this year’s silver anniversary ceremony included television host and Daytime EMMY® nominee Wendy Williams (Trumpet Award for Entertainment) who was able to make it, former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo who was recognized with the Humanitarian Trumpet Award, New Edition received the Lifetime Achievement Trumpet, GRAMMY®-winning soul singer Peabo Bryson accepted the Legend Trumpet and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg was given the Trailblazer Trumpet Award. In a very special tribute, civil rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton was presented with the distinguished “Golden Trumpet Award” in recognition of her unparalleled leadership, affecting change, and steadfast work in building the legacy of the awards.
Take a look at some of my favorite backstage shots… and stay tuned for another POST with my red carpet pics.
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My twin sis and I grew up around Shirley Caesar and her close band member Bernard Sterling. I was totally surprised she REMEMBERED US!
Another favorite moment for me was seeing Bill Withers!! Oh my goodness.. my hubby loves his music and he is the cutest little old gentleman. Peabo Bryson was so honored to see him as well. 🙂
Congrats to all of the honorees! Sending a very special thanks to Danny Astoria for the special invite:-)
BounceTV will premiere this AMAZING Trumpet Awards show on Sunday, January 29 at 9:00pm ET. Be sure to tune in!