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Trumpet Awards

Trumpet Awards

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  • Network: tbs
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Xernona Clayton 
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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1993, the Trumpet Awards Foundation has celebrated African-American achievement in diverse fields such as law, religion, politics, public service, sports and entertainment. Created by TBS corporate vice president of urban affairs, Xernona Clayton, as a Black History Month tribute to herald the accomplishments of Black Americans and others who have enhanced the quality of life for all Americans, the awards' name was taken from Martin Luther King Jr.'s phrase "trumpet of conscience."
On Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT, Bounce TV broadcast the world premiere of the 28th Annual TRUMPET AWARDS. Hosted by Wanda Sykes, the 2020 TRUMPET AWARDS -- held at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 -- featured honorees like:

- Iconic comedian and actor Martin Lawrence will be given the Luminary Award, which honors an individual who has risen to the top of their field and has illuminated and inspired others along the way. Lawrence became a household name with the success of his hugely-popular self-titled television series, Martin, while going onto star in an impressive list of blockbuster movies.

- Cedric the Entertainer, one of the Original Kings of Comedy and star of the THE NEIGHBORHOOD, will be honored with the Excellence in Entertainment Award. With a career spanning 30 years, Cedric's universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes in film, live performance, and television have solidified his standing as one of the top entertainers in the world.

- Fifteen-year old actress Marsai Martin, currently starring on BLACK-ISH, will receive the Rising Star Award presented by McDonald's, which recognizes a young person who is quickly establishing themselves by making a significant or historical impact in their particular field or industry.

- Civil Rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young will receive the Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction presented by the 2020 Census, named for the legendary Trumpet Awards founder which recognizes individuals who have succeeded against immense odds and heralded change and prosperity to enhance and enrich the world. Young's work for civil and human rights, his many years in public office as Congressman, United Nations Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta, his leadership of the Atlanta Olympic Games, his advocacy of investment in Africa through GoodWorks International and much more are among the highlights of his extraordinary life of service.

- The Community Activist Award, which recognizes an individual who dedicates their time and energy to raising awareness of an important cause or issue and to fight for change in their community, will be presented to HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker Hydeia Broadbent. Broadbent has spent her life spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention as a distinguished international speaker with a mission to educate people of all ages.

- The Corporate Executive of the Year Award, recognizing someone who leads companies to new heights while creating opportunities for others to succeed, will be presented to music industry and entertainment dynamo Phylicia Fant. Recently appointed as Head of Urban Music at Columbia Records, Fant has established herself as a preeminent executive in the entertainment industry.

Among the artists scheduled to appear, perform or present: Anthony Anderson, Niecy Nash, Steve Harvey, Vanessa Bell Calloway, George Lopez, Mike Epps, Faith Evans, NAS, Elle Varner, Rapsody, BJ the Chicago Kid, Le'Andria Johnson and more.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Central City Productions


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