Jermaine Dupri and Cameo to be honored at the Trumpet Awards

It’s a prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements, and this year’s event will honor hip-hop record executive and songwriter Jermaine Dupri and the R&B/Funk band Cameo. Dupri, a Grammy Award-winning record producer, songwriter, hip-hop artist will receive The Music Innovation Award and the soul-influenced funk group Cameo, well-known for their dance floor hits including Single Life, Candy and Word Up, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jermaine Dupri

Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will serve as hosts at the black-tie ceremony, which will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20. Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell will be among the presenters. Performers at the event will include: Doug E. Fresh, Keke Wyatt, Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Arrested Development, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane and Carl Thomas.

Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, the Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others.  The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee.

The Trumpet Awards will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film. She can be reached at

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