TV One’s Urban Honors returned with another year to celebrate the icons of the culture! Having aired on Monday night, this year’s honorees included: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Bobby Brown, LL Cool J, Pharell Williams, Tamela Mann, and David Mann. Hitting the stage Marvin Sapp, Monie Love, Doug E. Fresh and more!
The show was televised on TV One and Cleo TV on the Martin Luther King holiday!
BOSSIP caught up with several of this year’s honorees and got them to discuss the annual awards show.
LL Cool J, who won this year’s Entertainment Icon award, a topic that Yandy Smith and other guests at this year’s Urban One Honors reveled over.
“I think [a cultural icon] means being legendary, I think it means magical, I think it means your genius is different from everyone else’s,” Smith said. “I think it means being creative and a visionary beyond measure and I’m super excited to be part of Hip-Hop’s iconic culture. I worked at a pretty iconic company, Violator Management so I had the pleasure of working with icons like Missy Elliott, Busta, 50 so it’s super exciting to be here and see a lot of them [icons] getting their flowers.“
Trina Braxton offered a similar sentiment.
“My definition of a cultural icon is someone whose lasted throughout the decades, it’s someone that’s generational—like someone like Michael Jackson, Madonna,” Braxton explained. “And now we are honored to have David and Tamela Mann, Pharrell—people who have withstood the generations. My children, my children’s children will know them and that’s what makes an icon.”
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“Only because my husband is not standing right next to me—I would say Sexy Lipped LL Cool J To Be Honored At The Urban One Honors–shout out to his wife!” Smith said.
Actress and former Destiny’s Child singer LeToya Luckett was “the Backstage Pass” host at this year’s Urban One Honors and explained the role she was tasked to serve.
“A lil bit of tea,” Luckett said before adding, “they put the right one back there. I’m excited to be able to talk with some of the biggest stars and icons and celebrate them tonight and just asked them how they feel about that. A lot of times when you’re being honored you [wonder] do I deserve it, what kind of moment is this for me? And I really want to know deep down inside how they feel.”
Scroll down to check out the purple carpet arrivals of the honorees, performers, and more at TV One’s Urban One Honors!
Urban One Honors Photos: See Stars Shining On TV One’s Annual Award Show
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1. Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters was all smiles in a purple ruched dress accessorized with lace gloves topped with a cropped fur jacket.
2. Tamela Mann and David Mann
Tamela Mann and David Mann kept it monochromatic in all black. Tamela wore a bodycon dress with a lace bodice and David wore black slacks topped with a black leather blazer.
3. Willie Moore Jr.
Willie Moore Jr. kept it classy in all-black with a button-down shirt and matching pants and a fedora.
Lore’l shined in a plunging satin suit adorned with rhinestones and sequins.
5. Bishop Marvin Sapp
Bishop Marvin Sapp stepped out in a black three-piece suit and black shirt.
6. Lamman Rucker
Lamman Rucker wore a black and navy suit tailored to perfection.
7. Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams kept it stylish in black quilted leather bomber jacket with matching pants accessorized with rhinestone shades
8. Trina Braxton
Trina Braxton wore a black suit with a bustier and a cape blazer.
9. Pusha T
Pusha T wore a classic tuxedo and his signature braids
10. Keisha Lance Bottoms and Sylvia Robinson
Keisha Lance Bottoms and Sylvia Robinson both looked stunning with Bottoms in a one-shoulder gown with matching ostrich feather stilettos. Robinson shimmered in a red sequin suit.
11. Letoya Luckett
Letoya Luckett brought the sexy in a one-shoulder black gown with a high slit and one the knee boots
12. NeNe Leakes and Nyonisela Sioh
NeNe Leakes and Nyonisela Sioh hit the awards wearing a long sleeve purple velvet gown and him in a monochromatic black tuxedo
13. Ricky Dillard
Ricky Dillard turned heads in a silver and black brocade suit with silver boots and a shite shirt
14. Roland Martin
Roland Martin took it back to the mother land with a robe trimmed in African kente fabric
15. Simone Smith and LL Cool J
Simone Smith and LL Cool J both wore suits. Simone wore an embellished suit with a ruffly blouse underneath and a turban. LL wore a black suit with his signature shades and a fedora
16. Rudy Currence
Rudy Currence kept it sleek in a black suit with fresh white kicks
17. Lisa Wu
Lisa Wu wore a long lace gown with see-through panels
18. Yandy Smith-Harris
Yandy Smith-Harris wore a champagne-colored mermaid gown with a sweet heart neck
19. Monie Love & Guest
Monie Love was all smiles and kept it warm with her guest in a fur cape