Will Packer, Nia Long, Terrence J and Michael Ealy were just a few of the celebrities who attended the 24th annual Trumpet Awards. Founded by Xernona Clayton, each year it gets better, and this year was no exception as the show opened with a performance by Salt, Pepa, Spinderella, Monie Love, YoYo and MC Lyte, who got the show started in rare hip-hop party form.
Rolling out was able to get some great inside photos of your favorite people who didn’t walk the red carpet and went straight inside for warmth. We bring you an exclusive photo gallery that goes beyond the outdoor red carpet.
Seems there was a lot of spice added to the show this year with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and filmmaker Will Packer (Ride Along 2, Think Like a Man) both receiving Trumpet Awards. Bounce TV knew they had to pump of the volume. Al B. Sure! served as the show’s announcer; Terrence J and Nia Long were the hosts.
Celebrities like Brad James, Rodney Perry, Regina Hall, Mo’Nique, George Wallace, Pastor Jamahl Bryant, Demetria McKinney and Charmin Lee and many more were everywhere throughout the building and on the lavish red carpet. There were also 20 “Women of Congress” that represented well on the red carpet.
This year’s honorees included legendary Las Vegas comic George Wallace; former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman; General Motors executive Alicia Boler-Davis; Wayne County Community College Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery; Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mohandas Gandhi); and Her Royal Highness Princess Basmah Bit Saud, who simply requested we call her Princess. This year’s celebrity presenters and performers included Michael Ealy, Christian Keyes, Deitrick Haddon, Kelly Price, Raheem DeVaughn, Vivian Green, Joe, Regina Hall, Tweet and Andra Day.
The Trumpet Awards was presented this year by Cadillac, Carnival Cruises, and American Family Insurance. It will premiere on BOUNCE TV Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. EST and ill air again on Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. EST. Check out our elaborate behind-the-scenes gallery.