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New Edition members (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

Bounce TV recently acquired all assets of The Trumpet Awards and now owns, produces and exclusively premieres the star-studded ceremony, this year held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, which was taped on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

“Black-ish”, “Angie Tribeca” star and two-time EMMY® nominated writer and actor Deon Cole and “Rosewood”, “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” and seven-time NAACP Image Award nominated actress Nicole Ari Parker host an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances at the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards. The prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, is set to premiere before the world on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bounce.

Honorees at this year’s ceremony also included Daytime EMMY® nominee Wendy Williams, who was presented with the Trumpet Award for Entertainment; former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo, recognized with the Humanitarian Trumpet Award; Martin Luther King, III, presented with the Impact Trumpet Award and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg, who was given the Trailblazer Trumpet Award.

Among the presenters and special guests were Vanessa Bell Calloway, Lou Gossett, Jr., David Mann, Bill Withers, Ed Lover, Ed Gordon, Gary Owen, Erica Ash and Willie Moore, Jr.

In a very special tribute, Civil Rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton was presented with the distinguished Golden Trumpet Award in recognition of her unparalleled leadership, ability to affect change and steadfast work in building the legacy of the awards.

Hit the flip to see a sample of looks from the red carpet.

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Best comedian/host ever Jonathan Slocumb (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Gary with the Tea (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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TC Carson (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Judge Craig Strong (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Dorien Wilson (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Judge Greg Mathis (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Kenny Lattimore (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Peabo Bryson (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Peabo Bryson, Bill Withers, and Ed Gordon (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Kenny Lattimore and Bill Withers (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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David Mann (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Gary (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Transition (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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New Edition (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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Silk (Photo Credit: RobinLori Photography, LLC)

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