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Recap of 25th Annual Trumpet Awards

Ms. Xerona Clayton, Founder of Trumpet Awards


Recap of 25th Annual Trumpet Awards

On January 29th, Bounce TV premiered the star studded 25th Annual Trumpet Awards. It is an awards show dedicated to honoring black excellence and black achievement in numerous people’s lives.

The Trumpet awards was hosted this year by the beautiful actress, Nicole Ari Parker and great comedian, Deon Cole. They had their audience laughing throughout the night with numerous jokes. One skit that stuck with everyone was the hilarious one that had people suffering from the disease “OLO” (Obama Leaving Office).

The awards had numerous performances which included two tributes for two of the Trumpet Awards recipients. The performers of the night were Tamela Mann, Lyfe Jennings, Erica Campbell, Le’Andria Johnson, Travis Greene, Keke Wyatt, Jekalyn Carr, Canton Jones, Lalah Hathaway, Nick Grant, and Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar.

There were seven Trumpet awards presented during the show. The first started out with NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo. He was awarded with the Humanitarian Trumpet Award.

Ever since entering the NBA in 1991 he has made giving back a top priority in his life. Now he is the president and chairman of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation who works towards the improvement health, education, and the quality of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The next award was presented to Peabo Bryson. His presentation started off with a musical tribute to his music which included Bj the Chicago Kid, Regina Belle, and Kenny Lattimore.

Peabo Bryson was awarded the Legend Trumpet award for his achievement in the musical industry. He is the living legend who created classics like “A Whole New World”, “Can You Stop The Rain”, and “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again”.

Martin Luther King, III was awarded with the Impact Award for the third trumpet award presented during the night. Mr. King was awarded this because he is still working towards his father’s mission. He is known for having nonviolence education workshops and programs in Bosnia Herzegovina, India, Israel and Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States.

The next Achievement Award was the Trailblazer Trumpet Award. It was awarded to Gabi Gregg. After her viral post of herself in a “fatkini” in 2012, she became a driving force in today’s global body positivity movement.

She is partnered with industry’s leading clothing brands as an ambassador, designer, and consultant to boost her platform for creating fashion for the plus size industry. She is gearing up for her 5th consecutive swimwear collection with Swimsuitsforall, which have already sold 75,000 units to date.

The next award was presented to TV Show Host Wendy Williams. She was awarded with the entertainment Trumpet Award. She was not present at the show so longtime friend Ed Lover accepted it on her behalf.

Before Wendy’s success with her Emmy award winning daytime television talk show, she was a successful radio host for 23 years. She is one of the only female talk show host who is unafraid to say anything on air. In 2014, Williams and her husband started The Hunter Foundation to improve the lives of children and families.

The next award was the Lifetime Achievement Trumpet Award. This was awarded to legendary R&B singing group, New Edition. If you watched BET’s biopic earlier this week you know why this award was presented to this astonishing singing group.

Before the presentation, a tribute was done by The Transition singing “Candy Girl”, R&B group Silk singing “Mr. Telephone Man”, and Jagged Edge performing “Can You Stand the Rain”. The crowd was on their throughout the entire presentation as we all were traveling through time with the nostalgic performances.

New Edition has accomplished so much in the music industry and accepted the award with heart-warming speeches from all present members.

The last award was given to Ms. Xernona Clayton. She was awarded the Golden Trumpet Award for many of her great accomplishments. First of all, Ms. Clayton is the founder, President, and CEO of The Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc.

She has worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1967 she was the first black woman to have her own television show, “The Xernona Clayton Show”. Also she was the first black woman to hold an corporate executive position for TBS.

She has done so much for the TV industry and for the Trumpet Awards Foundation and that is why for the 25th Anniversary Trumpet Awards show, she deserved the award more than any other person.

Overall the show was amazing and was a great accomplishment being that this is the first year it was televised on Bounce TV.


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