The Annual Urban One Honors is Returning!

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – October 16, 2019 –  Urban One Honors returns, paying tribute to the 40-year history of Radio One, the radio division of the company, and its extraordinary founder, Cathy Hughes. Hughes says she is “immensely grateful for the men and women who have worked to help make Radio One a success.”

URBAN ONE HONORS is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal of Swirl Films.

Background Information:

URBAN ONE HONORS is presented by TV One and Radio One’s Washington D.C. market’s radio stations: Majic 102.3 and 92.7; WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450, Spirit 1340, and The Team 980 and 95.9. The event will honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, fashion, sports, education, and the community.

 “I give praise and thanks to God from Whom all blessings flow for the opportunity to be of service to my community for these 40 years,” said Hughes. “I always say that Radio One is my second baby next to my son and business partner, Alfred Liggins. It started as a single radio station and is now a media family with two cable television networks and various digital media platforms. I look forward to celebrating this milestone and recognizing others who are doing phenomenal work in their industries.” 

What to Expect:

The program will feature a star-studded line-up of presenters and honorees as well as special musical performances. It will serve as an annual commemoration of the achievements of black and brown people and broadcast their contributions to our culture and global society.  

“African Americans have had a tremendous impact on society and culture, a fact that we’re excited to celebrate with the telecast of the annual Urban One Honors on TV One,” said Rice. “As we honor the 40th-anniversary milestone of Radio One, Ms. Hughes’ outstanding contributions as a media pioneer, and the impact of the honorees, we’re proud to continue the network’s mission to represent the richness of the black experience.”  

“Our team at Radio One DC is profoundly humbled to be a part of this historic presentation of Urban One Honors,” stated Wilson. “It’s not only a celebration of 40 years of broadcast history but also a tribute to some of the most luminary figures in our American culture.”  


The inaugural URBAN ONE HONORS was hosted by DL Hughley on December 9, 2018, at the Anthem in Washington, DC.. The 2018 class of honorees included: Jermaine Dupri, April Ryan, DJ Khaled, Rotimi, Marvin Sapp, Brandy, June Ambrose, Doc Walker, Shaun King, Benny Pough, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jade Novah, Dr. Nadia Lopez, Tracy Martin, and Sybrina Fulton.

Featured presenters included: L.A. ReidRay JSymone SandersTraci BraxtonBryan Michael CoxDa Brat, and Fred Smoot. The evening featured electrifying performances from Johnny GillAvery SunshineElle Varner, and K-Ci of Jodeci.  


The annual URBAN ONE HONORS Awards show is set for Thursday, December 5, 2019 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Tickets to the awards show are available to the public.

Pre-sale tickets are available beginning Tuesday, October 15 at 10 AM ET using the Code: 40Years. General tickets are available beginning Friday, October 18 at 10 AM ET. The two-hour telecast will be airing on TV One, a division of Urban One, on January 20, 2020, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.