Glitz, glamour, incredible performances at the Chicago Music Awards | Entertainment

With glitz, glamour, camera flashes and action on the 70-foot-long red carpet, the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Music Awards (CMA) rocked the Windy City, once known as the Mecca of the music industry.

Produced by Martin’s International, the event was held April 2 at the Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center and honors all genres of music that can be enjoyed in Chicago, as well as other music from around the world.

Hosted by Art Norman, Bioncé Foxx and Big EZ, the ceremony opened with a captivating performance by Jesse White and the Jesse White Tumblers.

Among the performers who gave captivating performances were “The Voice” Season 20 contestant Pia Renee; Brad Jackson and Shades of Country; Doc Payne & The Payne Relief Smooth Blues Band, featuring Billy Branch; Solid Shane with Baby J and the Golden Street Reggae Band; SLAVE sounds; Boi Floyd, with HerStory; Smokey Da Bandit; Blaq ice cream; Trisha Clifton, featuring Ken the Messenger; Chai Tulani; Emi Tanabe; Maurice Mahon; Fred Cantu and Aksel.

A special tribute was paid to four of the great artists of the blues: Jimmy Johnson, Syl Johnson, Sam Lay and Pervis Spann, whom the world lost this year.

Some 170 individuals and groups from the music entertainment industry were nominated in 36 categories. The highest honour, the Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Humanitarian/Community Award, went to Melody Spann Cooper, President of WVON Radio, and Cesar Rolon, Latin Activist/Philanthropist and Imagine Marketing Consultant.

Lifetime honors were given to the late blues great Jimmy Johnson (who died shortly after his nomination for this award was announced), DJ Chosen Few and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White for his 63 years of outstanding contribution to entertainment in Chicago and the United States. world.

The Marcus Garvey History and Education Lifetime Award was presented to journalist and historian Salim Muwakkil.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the CMA, founder Ephraim Martin said: “It feels like yesterday! But who could imagine that since the inception of the Chicago Music Awards in 1982, along with our International Reggae and World Music Awards, we would be here tonight to celebrate 40 unbroken years of honoring artists in Chicago and around the world.

He added: “At the time of our inception, our city and our country, as well as South Africa, were troubled by systemic racism and apartheid. Martin’s International has remained firm on its goals of using music as an art form and as a vehicle of expression for the voiceless people of the world, under the banner of “Bringing Nations Together Through Music and Culture”.

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